An Invitation to Fast and Pray
As a church, we are marking out a two week period leading up to Easter to seek God together through corporate prayer and fasting. Fasting is simply saying “no” to something we want in order to say “yes” with more intention to what God wants for us. Our goal for this time is that we would fill up on the power and presence of God as posture ourselves to receive what God wants to give us.
Ways to Connect
Over the course of the fast, we have scheduled a few times to gather on Zoom to pray together and encourage eachother.
- Tuesday, March 28th and April 4th @ 7:30am
- Thursday, March 30th and April 6th @ 7:00pm
Ways to Fast
Fasting is simply choosing to say no to something we desire in order to create extra space for; pursuing a relationship with God. Fasting is unplugging to “plug in” to the source of life, God’s presence and power which fills and satisfies completely. There are many ways to fast, but two to consider are:
- On 2 or 3 days each week, skip one meal and take time to pray
- On 1 day each week, abstain from all food from sunrise to sunset. When you notice hunger pains, take a few moments to pray.
- Choose a particular food to abstain from eating for the full fast. When you feel a desire for that food, take time to pray.
- Abstain from using social media or watching TV for the duration of the fast. Use that time to pray.
Ways to Pray
Most of our prayers are spontaneous — whatever comes to mind. While this is a natural and good way of communicating with God, our prayer lives can be enriched by incorporating other forms of prayer like:
- Repentance: naming a sin and asking for God’s forgiveness
- Listening: quieting our mind and making space for God to speak
- Praying scripture: repeating the words of scripture as our prayer
- Intercession: lifting up specific needs, people, or issues