On Wednesday, November 12, you are invited to spend the day fasting and praying with your brothers and sisters at Sojourn.
Why Should We Fast?
Corporate fasting for unity is necessary as we all examine our commitment to being sent by Jesus to build his church, to grow his people and glorify his name (John 17:20-23, Matt. 28:16-20).
Some reasons are:
- It is a principle taught by Jesus (Matt. 6:16, "When you fast…").
- We want to draw closer to Jesus (James 4:6-10).
- We want to stir the body of Christ toward repentance (Neh. 1:3-4).
- We want to conquer a sin in one's life (Heb. 12:1-2).
- Fasting is useful to beseech our Sovereign God's provision of our needs: physical, financial, spiritual, emotional, social, familial, marital, or mental (Phil. 3:19; Luke 21:34).
How Do We Fast?
You do not need to take the day off or go anywhere special, you intentionally use the time that you would normally use for eating (and preparing to eat) to pray. You also intentionally fill that 24 hours with Scripture, Christ-centered music, meditation, and prayer. Here are five different ways to fast, depending on one's preferences and physical ability:
- Begin fasting at 12:01 AM and consume only water through 11:59 PM.
- Same as #1, but fast from food only (drink juice, milk, etc.).
- Begin a 24-hour fast following dinner the night before.
- Fast for just one or two meals during the day of fasting.
- If it is physically restricting or medically dangerous for you to fast from food for a day, consider a modified fast: abstain from TV, computer, or something that takes a significant portion of your time and attention during the day.
What Should We Pray About?
Talk to God about everything! But make sure to pray about:
- Thankfulness. We've been given much and have much for which to praise Jesus Christ (Psalm 148; John 1:16).
- Personal repentance of sin (1 John 1:5-10)
- Unity and shared partnership in the mission Jesus Christ has given our church (Matt. 28:16-20; 1 Tim. 4:11-16).
- Our spiritual adoption and care for orphans (Gal. 4:4-6; James 1:27).