22 Apr Pick up and Pray Day – The significance of fasting
In response to what we heard from Global Vision Sunday, Pastor Reggie called the people of Legacy Christian Church to spend a day intentionally praying and fasting on behalf of our missions partners.
Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and you will find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” The heart of God is moved when His people seek Him and ask that their prayers would line up with His will. Fasting is an act of obedience and faithfulness to God, putting Him first above our hunger for the things this world offers. As we spend time praying and fasting, consider the following:
Reasoning for fasting:
While there are many circumstances in the Bible that we see people fasting, we highlight the passage in Acts 13:1-3: “Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.”
In the sending of these missionaries, the people of the Church prayed and fasted to express to God their need for His sovereign intervention, His power, and His will to be done. When we pray and fast on behalf of our missions partners, we are saying to God that we so desperately need Him, and our efforts alone cannot change someone’s salvation. We are asking God to move in mighty ways so that people can hear and receive the Gospel, and we are praying for strength and the resources for our missionaries as they faithfully labor to make Jesus known all around the world!
Suggestions for church-wide fast on April 25th:
1. Start at sunrise! Set your alarm to wake up 15 minutes to an hour earlier than usual. Once you are awake, take the time to focus your heart and attention on God. Ask Him what His plans are for your day, and surrender your thoughts and actions to Him.
2. Plan to skip all the day’s meals until the sun has gone down. NOTE: While this is what we recommend for the day, this is not a hardline rule. You can decide with God what timeframe you’d like to commit to prayer and fasting.
3. Read through Acts 13 and learn about the people who came to know Jesus as a result of the praying, fasting, and faithful labor that took place!
4. Between 9am-11am, drive to a local campus and pick up a prayer bundle resource!
5. Spend time praying over the requests that Legacy’s missions partners have submitted.
6. Normal, daily activities are good! Keep in the mindset of prayer as you go about your day!
7. At sunset, FEAST! Thank God for all He provides!
We can’t wait to see how God moves!