Tomorrow (Wednesday) is our June day of fasting. We have shared a number of times the importance of fasting and that Jesus expected his followers to be fasting ("when you fast..." Matthew 6:16). So we encourage you to join us!
Some may be starting their fast tonight and going 6 PM to 6 PM and some may fast all day Wednesday. Regardless of what window of time you are committing to focus on Christ and His Word, here are a few fasting recommendations:
Consider Psalm 19 as your passage for meditation during this fast
Identify a few times that you will intentionally set aside to read scripture and pray
Pray every time you feel hungry (remind yourself that you do not "live by bread alone", Matthew 4:4)
Try to find a time to pray with another Sojourner (the church auditorium will be open from 12-7 PM)
Exalt God, confess sin, thank God for his many good gifts, lay before him all your anxieties and requests
Pray in response to anything that sticks out in Psalm 19 (the beauty of God’s creation and God’s law, the use of our words, the attitudes and intentions of our hearts, etc.)
Pray through the request at the bottom of this email.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
4 Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is clean,
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.