Diocesan Day of Prayer

Diocesan Day of Prayer

 

Hi everyone,

Bishop David has called for a day of prayer and fasting on Sat 25th April, ending at 8pm with us going to our front doors and saying the Lord’s prayer together.

The aim of which is to unite us in prayer for the end of this crisis, to pray for those who are sick and all in frontline services. And to ask God to send the Holy Spirit to revive the church and heal our land.

Having spoken to Simon we would like to ask you to promote this initiative as widely as possible among the house groups and groups that you lead or attend.

We are aware that praying for a day sounds daunting without adding fasting as a challenge that will be new for some. But flexibility and joining in as much as we can is what this is all about!

To pray for any additional length of time would be wonderful.

Perhaps to skip 1 meal or snack and enjoy the blessing of praying instead.

Bishop David’s Guidance on the Principles and Practice of Fasting

What is fasting?

When we fast, we give up something we normally consume or enjoy (primarily food), to focus on God in that time. It is an intentional time of depending on God, beyond the sustenance of food, or something else.

In the Bible:

Fasting is mentioned in both the Old and New Testament as something God’s people do.

Jesus Himself fasted and prayed. These were powerful weapons in the wilderness – Matthew 4:1–11.

It is also mentioned as a personal discipline by Jesus in Matthew 6:16 “When you fast…” He talks about this just after He teaches the disciples about prayer. Prayer and fasting are assumed as normal and important, in our personal lives and at times in the corporate. The Bible also refers to a number of these corporate times, for example: Nehemiah 1:1–4, Ezra 8: 21–23, Esther 4:16, Jonah 3:5–9, Judges 20:26, Acts 13:1–3.

Throughout history, the people of God have cried out to Him in fasting and prayer for: forgiveness of sin, for breakthrough, for deliverance, for guidance.

In more modern times, prayer and fasting have been the response of whole nations, in times of trouble. There is a great example of this in 1940, when George V1 called a National Day of Prayer and many fasted. There were incredible changes in conditions just following that time.

Fasting is not just about denial but exchanging the needs of the physical for those of the spiritual. Be devoted to seeking God’s face during times of fasting. There is often a heightening of our spiritual senses. Read the Bible with expectation, worship Him and pray – listen as well as talking. Pay attention to what He shows you. What is He revealing? What needs to change? You might want to write down any thoughts you have.

Be aware of some spiritual opposition. When you feel the enemy is trying to dissuade or discourage you, ask God to strengthen you in your resolve and use the Word of God as response. This is what Jesus did.

Remember that the purpose of fasting and praying is to draw us closer to God. Fix your eyes on Him. Confess any sins as the Holy Spirit brings them to mind and receive His forgiveness and renewal.

Practical Guidelines:

These are most relevant to a one meal or one day fast. Longer fasts may require considering other factors.

As with any dietary changes, if you have any concerns about your health being negatively affected by fasting, you should consult with a doctor before beginning.

Individuals with certain health conditions such as diabetes, heart problems and those who are pregnant, should not fast from food. You might choose to fast from something else, besides food, for example coffee, social media, entertainment, screens and devices etc.

When fasting from food:

Issued 14.4.20 to help us as we join in on

Sat 25th April

For a day of Prayer & Fasting

Across the Diocese

Ending at 8pm when we stand at our doors and say the Lord’s Prayer (inviting our neighbours to join us)

Please tell others about this initiative.

Added by: RobbieJackson
Added on: Friday 17th April 2020

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