All-Church Prayer & Fasting
Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God...So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty. Ezra 8:21,23
Week of Prayer & Fasting: October 18-24
Why a church-wide call to fast and pray?
The disruptive circumstances of a global pandemic and unrest amidst a new season of ministry have led us to believe now is a fitting time to abstain from food (or alternative options) to seek the Lord. We don't want to merely get through this season...we want to grow through this season. This is a season where we desire to worship God, acknowledge our need for God through confession, thank God for his provision, ask God for restoration, guidance, renewal, and spiritual vitality.
Want to learn more about fasting? Check out these resources:
- Article: Fasting Isn't for the Spiritually Elite. It's for the Hurting.
- Article: Stephen Um on The Benefits and Dangers of Fasting
Fasting Options: We understand various medical situations must shape what and when you abstain form eating (consult a primary care physician for detailed questions). Regarding when to fast, consider fasting one or two meals per day (consider setting a reminder on your phone). If fasting is a regular routine for you, consider fasting for an entire week. Regarding what to fast from, consider the following options:
- A: Fast from all food. Drink only fluids.
- B: Fast from most foods. Eat small amounts of basic food (fruits/veggies). Drink fluids.
- C: Fast from an activity (social media, movies, all non-work related electronics) instead of food.
Morning & Evening Word: Let's start and stop every day in Scripture.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Prayer Topics: Allow each meal time of the day to serve as a reminder to pray about a specific topic.
5-Minute Devotionals: Listen to a brief devotional by various Village Church leaders.