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Church Prayer and Fasting

Prayer and Fasting is part of who we are as believers in Christ. Prayer and Fasting work hand in hand. Prayer is communion with God while fasting is to remove yourself from the world. Fasting is to be so consumed by God that even the basic necessities in life are as dust. Hence, fasting is not limited to food or water. It also includes removing yourself from distractions (e.g. social media or communication devices) and practicing righteousness. You can read more about true fasting in Isaiah 58.

Below are examples in the Scriptures:
1) Moses, the primary agent of the first covenant, fasted before receiving the commandments in Mount Sinai (Deuteronomy 9:9-18). He took no food or water for 40 days and nights (Deuteronomy 9:9)
2) David, the well esteemed king of Israel, fasted in repentance as he prayed for his ill child (2 Samuel 12:1-23)
3) Ezra, a priest and well versed teacher of God’s law, fasted while mourning over sin (Ezra 10:6-17)
4) Esther, Mordecai and the Jewish exiles fasted for three days without food or drink as they prayed for salvation from Haman’s evil plot (Esther 4:15-17)
5) Daniel, the prophet greatly loved by God, fasted and prayed for 21 days to understand God’s revelation (Daniel 10:1-3) 
6) Paul, the mighty preacher of the gentiles, fasted right after his conversion and encounter with Jesus (Acts 9:1-9)
7) The church elders in Antioch fasted and prayed before sending their missionaries off (Acts 13:1-3)
8) And finally, Jesus, the Kings of kings and Lord of lords, fasted and prayed for 40 days as he withstood the devil in the wilderness before His public ministry (Matthew 4)

JOIN US IN PRAYING AND FASTING ON JANUARY 7! The focus of our prayers will be God's glory and God's global purpose! This is one of the turning points in our church's rich history. Let us all together skip lunch and pray for the advancement of God's Name, kingdom and will.

Earlier Event: July 8
YPM - Bluffs Day
Later Event: January 27
YPM Parents Night