Guide to Our Day of Fasting

 

“Fasting is the self denial of normal necessities in order to intentionally attend to God in prayer.” – Adele Calhoun

Here are some ways to do just that using the Scriptures from today’s readings in the Bible in One Year. We are praying for ourselves, our church family, and our leaders.

Morning

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

  • For God to highlight things in our own lives that need purified.
  • For every person who is part of HP Pres to know God’s steadfast spirit being renewed within them.
  • For the senior leadership team—Bryan Dunagan, Jay Lee, and Sarah Good—and all the governing elders to know God’s purifying and renewal as they lead.

Noon

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” (Luke 24:5-6)

  • As your hunger builds, ask the Holy Spirit to be present in your doubts and fears. Pray to remember the words of Jesus in your life. (Luke 24:8)
  • Pray for all those in our church family who are suffering and downcast to know the resurrection power of Jesus.
  • For unanimity of spirit between all those in leadership. Pray that they would all know that Jesus is walking with them every when they can’t recognize him (Luke 24:15–16)

Evening

Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.” (Luke 24:35)

  • Pray prayers personal thankfulness and joy as you break your fast. (Psalm 51:15)
  • Pray that as a church our hearts would burn with love of Jesus and others as we open the Scriptures together. (Luke 24:32)
  • Pray for all decisions that the leadership of our church have to make would be keeping true to the vision we have been entrusted  “To lead all generations to become transformed followers of Jesus, for the flourishing of our city and beyond.” (Joshua 11:15)

Finally, here are some words from Jesus about fasting: “When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face. God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. He won’t overlook what you are doing; he’ll reward you well.” (Matthew 6:16–18, MSG)

Want to learn more about how to fast? Visit desiringgod.org/articles/fasting-for-beginners.

Posted by Communications Ministry at 1:33 PM
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