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A Day of Prayer and Fasting

posted 21 Nov 2013, 05:02 by Peter Moore   [ updated 21 Nov 2013, 05:16 ]

A Day of Prayer and Fasting**

At a meeting this week it was decided by our Pastors and Deacons that this Sunday, November 24, would be designated as a day of prayer and fasting. We invite you to join us!

We believe that at this time the need for focused prayer is great. At any given time there are numerous needs in our congregation, however, recent developments in people’s lives, combined with the coming of the Christmas season lead us to believe that it is once again time to rally around those who are struggling. We have received strength in the past when this has been done and God has revealed himself. Let us trust that He can again!

While there are a number of situations that can and will be prayed for, recent developments in Janet Parks’ health have brought her battle into focus. With this in mind we are inviting you to make this Sunday a day of prayer. What that looks like is of course up to you, but we would suggest it means being intentional (and possibly uncomfortable) with some part of your day.

Maybe you will get up an hour early on Sunday and spend extra time in prayer. Maybe you will fast for a meal or even from sunup to sundown. Maybe you will make an effort to join with us at 5pm…that is for you to decide but please consider being intentional about prayer for Janet (and others) this Sunday.

We will begin the day at church with prayer at 9:30am. Our service will take place at 10:30am and we will have a special prayer time during the service. The church building will remain open throughout the afternoon for prayer and we will hold a “Prayer Gathering” from 5-6pm for those who wish to come together for prayer (and music). Please if you have any questions, talk with a Pastor or Deacon and most importantly-PRAY!


Fasting

Simply put, fasting is going without food (and sometimes drink). Many of us may have had to fast for medical purposes but few of us have likely considered fasting for a spiritual purpose. The Bible reveals that fasting commonly took place among God’s people during both Old Testament and New Testament times. Jesus Himself participated in this spiritual discipline.

While we do not have to fast, nor should everyone because of health issues, fasting can still be a valuable spiritual discipline for those who are able and feel called to do so. Dallas Willard in his book The Spirit of the Disciplines wrote, “Fasting confirms our utter dependence upon God…fasting unto our Lord is therefore feasting-feasting on Him and on doing His will.” It has also been said that, “Fasting is a recognition of our weakness and an admission of God’s power.”

In fasting we are not trying to manipulate God. Fasting is not a way for us to get what we want. When someone engages in this spiritual discipline they are choosing voluntarily to focus on God and dedicating themselves to prayer.

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