As we rapidly approach our 3 days of prayer and fasting there are several things we must consider:
1. What is it you’re praying for?
As a congregation, and with many other congregations across our community, we are committed to praying for three specific things:
THE END OF COVID
2 Chronicles 7:13-14 (NLT)
At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you. 14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
THE PEACE & PROSPERITY OF OUR COMMUNITY
Jeremiah 29:7 (NLT)
And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.
THE UPCOMING ELECTIONS
Matthew 6:10 (NLT)
May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
It is also a time when it is appropriate to pray for your own needs (healing, employment, a prodigal child, reconciliation, wisdom, etc…).
What is it that you need from God? Often times big things, hard things, demonic things require prayer and fasting for them to be removed.
Mark 9:29 (NKJV)
So He [Jesus] said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
2. How are you going to arrange your days so that you can spend extra time in prayer, worship and seeking God?
For prayer and fasting to be effective we need to set up and plan for extra time to spend with God.
Reorder your schedule and remove everything that could potentially distract you. (I’ll talk to you about my plan in another post.)
Some of you may want to enlist others to pray with you. One on one. Small groups and even existing House Churches. Prayer groups. Your family. The possibilities are endless. There is intensified power when we pray together.
3. What are you going to fast?
A true Esther Fast is not eating or drinking anything; but that can be dangerous.
- We are asking those who are able, to only consume liquids, perhaps only water for the duration of the fast.
- Many, due to health concerns, are unable to do this. Seek God as to what He would have you fast during this time. Those of you with health conditions should consult with your physician before fasting.
And certainly there are other things we should consider fasting as well (media, social media, recreation, computer games, etc… spending that time with God instead).
4. How are you going to prepare to enter and even exit your time of prayer and fasting?
It’s important that we enter a fast both spiritually and physically prepared.
Spiritually: Our focus and our calling upon God should be ramping up in preparation for a fast.
Physically: Especially if you will only be consuming fluids, you should include at least three days of cutting the amount of food you eat and three days of returning to your normal diet. (Hopefully many of us never return to our ‘normal’ diet – fasts can be a great catalyst to permanent life-style changes.)
For some this could be called a nine day fast.
There are fasting resources on our website that may be helpful to you. Especially if the idea and practice of prayer and fasting are new to you.
Like I said; I have never told others how I was fasting before. But, tomorrow I will share my plan, in the hopes that for some of you it may give you ideas and maybe a template to follow.