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Prayer and Fasting

February 10, 2009

Now, therefore, says the Lord, turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning. Joel 2:12

On March 1,(Sunday a.m.), I will preach a message on prayer and fasting. On March 4, (Wed.) we will observe as a church the Day of Prayer and Fasting for Revival and Spiritual Awakening. I probably shouldn’t have given you advance warning; you may already be planning your excuses to stay home! I hope not. Fasting is not a topic we want to hear, much less practice. But it is the need of the hour and as your pastor I am calling you to do it for God’s glory.

There will be several levels of participation. You can fast your breakfast, lunch, dinner or all three. Make sure you spend time in prayer that you would normally spend eating or preparing food. It can be a fast, not just from food but also a call to us to do what is right (Isaiah 58:6-7). You may need to fast from TV, Internet, the news and newspapers, your own plans, your own “fun”.

How will it work? On Wednesday, March 4, the church auditorium will be open all day if you choose to come to pray in the morning or afternoon. We will have a special service Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. All other activities (choir practice, pastor’s Bible study/prayer, Youth and children’s) will be combined to seek the Lord’s face and call on Him for revival and awakening.

We need to be revived, our hearts need to be made tender again for the things of God. We need a renewed hunger for the word of God. There are so many things competing for our time and loyalty. I hope you will choose to participate at some level. Let God show you; be open to His leading. Invite others to come who have a burden to see God pour out His Spirit again!

Consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord. Joel 1:14


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Dana permalink
    February 11, 2009 8:31 am

    That’s really fantastic….our prayer as a family has been for our church as a whole, as a body, and as a family, will start to bear fruit. I just think it goes right along with what you will be preaching!

    Gordon, God is at work in our church! I thank you.

  2. Nelson permalink
    February 12, 2009 3:18 pm

    Gordon, I think you hit it right on. Revival is essential to our spiritual growth. As individuals and as a church, let’s do this together. I am looking forward to March 1st.

  3. Gordon permalink
    February 13, 2009 2:32 pm

    Thanks for the encouraging comments!!

  4. jerry permalink
    February 13, 2009 6:46 pm

    We have praying for Revival & Spiritual Awaking in our Church for a long time I Pray that God will hear our Prayers and that we will see a Revival in out Church and in my own heart and life.

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