40 Days of Prayer and Fasting

God’s word teaches us that there are spiritual battles that can only be won through a season of prayer and fasting. An example of this occurs in Mark 9. Immediatley after descending from the mountin where Jesus allowed Peter, James, and John to see a glimpse of His glory (We refer to this as the transfiguration), Jesus and the three reunited with the other disciples who were trying to cast out an evil spirit from a boy. They could not. Jesus could. The discples wondered why they couldn’t. Jesus told them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”

Prayer and fasting are humble declarations that there are things we can not do but God can. They express the fact that we love God more than the things of this world. They reveal our desire for God to move for His glory and for our good.

This past Tuesday (August 4th) we began 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting in anticipation of God moving mightily during our Crusade (September 13th-16). I am not asking that each of us fast everyday for 40 days but I am challenging our church that at least one of us will pray and fast on each day of the next 40 days. Fasting is primarily going without food for a given time to focus on God and plead for His power and presence in our church and community. Some may choose to fast the entire day they sign up for. Some may choose to fast for one meal, spending that time in prayer. Others may choose to fast from something other that food. For example, maybe some will choose to fast from the television or computer using that time to pray. Either way, I challenge each of us to committ to spend at least one of the next 40 days seeking the heart of God in prayer and fasting. (You may sign up for a day on the Lord’s Supper table.)

After all, some spiritual battles can only be won this way.

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