Fasting and Prayer go hand-in-hand in scripture and we are urged to copy those who do so. One such example is the prophetess Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, who we meet in Luke 2 and who at 84 years of age fasted and prayed night and day in the temple and told people of the coming saviour of the world.
It seems an appropriate story as we prepare to enter the season of Advent.
In fasting we hand over our physical needs to our Lord and become totally dependent on Him as we pray to Him for whatever he lays on our hearts at this time.
So on the first Sunday in Advent, November 29, the following is happening:
- Our Advent Devotions begin on Facebook and YouTube.
- Our 24-hour fast begins at 6.30pm and runs to the same time the following evening, November 30.
- We are holding a prayer time running from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in St Saviour’s Dollingstown – click here for booking details.
So what are we asking? Well, tune into the devotions for some encouragement from scripture. Then in turn pray about what you’ve read and heard so that daily prayer is constant and consistent throughout this Advent season.
Please fast if you are able – food only – please stay hydrated and if you have any underlying medical conditions excluding you from fasting then please don’t – but join us in prayer.
And if you are able come along to the prayer time in St. Saviour’s where we’ll kick it all off then that would be great and you are very welcome.
We will pray for the nation at this time, for those suffering directly from the virus and for those suffering as a consequence of the virus – thinking especially now of the increasing numbers of unemployed, those who are finding their finances stretched, those suffering from mental illness and for those with a deep sense of hopelessness. And we will pray for whatever else God lays on our hearts.
It all starts November 29.