These are unprecedented times. As the cry of socialism is escalating and the foundation of our great nation is under attack and crumbling, we as followers of Christ must recognize “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:4) And we must respond in fasting and prayer.
When our society forgets its reason for existence, allows vice and corruption to thrive, and no longer cherishes the Christian beliefs and values that allow it to prosper and grow strong, it will be destroyed from within. We have a responsibility in times like these to gather together and cry out to the Father.
That’s why we have set aside the month of August to pray and fast. We’re asking every member of LCC to sign up for at least one day during August -- and preferably one day every week during the month - to fast and pray. If you haven’t yet, please email the church office to sign up for the days you'll commit to fast and pray.
Unfortunately, we as Christians know a lot about feasting but often very little about fasting. Jesus made it clear in the Sermon on the Mount that we should fast. He said, “when you fast...” (Mt.6:16,17) Listen to the words of Jesus in Mt. 9:15, “But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, then they will fast.”
Fasting can be seen in the lives of God’s children throughout the Scripture. It is mentioned repeatedly in the Old Testament and about 30 times in the New Testament.
How long has it been since you prayed and fasted for your nation, your church or your family? America is crying, crippled, cursing and corrupt. Our nation is spiraling out of control while many of our churches are empty, and our streets are filled with violence and lawlessness. We must fast and pray!
What is fasting? Fasting is abstaining from food for a spiritual purpose. It means crying out to God that He might heighten our hunger for the things of God! Fasting has been called praying without words - the silent cry! Fasting is crying out for God to change our appetite that we might be more concerned about our spiritual life than our physical life, more concerned about our faith than our flesh, and more hungry for God than we are for food.
It is a means of humbling ourselves before God. David said, “I humbled myself with fasting.” (Ps. 35:13) Fasting demonstrates sincerity and desperation. You can pray half-heartedly, but no one can fast very long without being serious! Man is body and spirit. Fasting is the discipline of the body to deepen the devotion of the spirit. It’s more than self-denial or abstinence yet it involves both.
Fasting is the discipline of the body to deepen the devotion of the spirit.
Would you consider setting a time aside to pray and fast? If you are pregnant or if you are required to take life-saving medication, or if you have health problems, don't participate without consulting your physician. If you’re doing it because I said so, don’t. But if you’re concerned about our nation and you’re convicted by the Holy Spirit, then let’s cry out to God in prayer and fasting!
For the King and His Kingdom,