A Hunger for Jesus: 40 Days of Prayer & Fasting for the Gospel to Spread through us this Easter!
There is much anticipation for what God is going to do in and through our church as we make the move to go portable on March 25 at Wright Denny Intermediate School. We expect that God will use our first two weeks there to get us ready physically for a lot of guests from the community on Easter Sunday. In light of this upcoming defining moment in the life of our church, we are calling all members and regular attenders to set aside the 40 days before Easter Sunday (February 22-April 7) as a time for focusing on God by praying and fasting for the gospel to spread through us. (You may have notices that there are actually 46 days during this time period. Since Sundays are always a "mini-Easter", a celebration of Jesus' victory over sin and death, there's no fasting on Sundays).
We'll focus on God through this season by doing two things: subtracting and adding. We’re encouraging every person to consider a few things that they might subtract from their daily schedule, and also some new things to add-in.
Subtracting food or activities from our routine, sometimes called “fasting,” can help us to focus on God, and also can create time to add new activities to our routine.
Some things you might consider subtracting:
- A particular food or drink you enjoy.
- One meal each day or all food for one day each week.
- An activity or entertainment you enjoy.
- Part of your normal routine (i.e. morning coffee, fast food, etc.)
- Follow these links for a series of articles on fasting: http://theresurgence.com/2010/01/21/prayer-and-fasting, http://theresurgence.com/2010/01/28/types-of-fasting, and http://theresurgence.com/2010/01/31/6-practical-steps-for-fasting.
We also want to add some things to our routine. Some things you might consider adding:
- Commit to being in church for all six Sundays.
- Reading the Bible daily. You may want to focus on the Gospels and Romans 6-8. Or follow this plan at YouVersion: http://www.youversion.com/reading-plans/40-days-of-lent.
- A daily time of prayer.
- A weekly time to pray at 9:00 am with the prayer team.
If you are wondering about the origins of setting aside this fourty day period, you can read the articleWhy Bother With Lent? by following this article: http://theresurgence.com/2010/02/18/why-bother-with-lent.
I want to encourage you to join with us in this journey and let us know how God is giving you a greater hunger for Jesus as you seek Him in this season through prayer and fasting. You can send your e-mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304.728.1920 with any questions.
I am praying for and with you during this season of preparation.
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