Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In light of our recent evangelism conference, yesterday we as your elders called upon Cornerstone Fellowship Church to observe a day of fasting and prayer this Wednesday, July 18th. As our confession states in 22:5: “solemn humiliation, with fastings, and thanksgivings, upon special occasions, ought to be used in an holy and religious manner.” So your elders are calling our church to a day of fasting and prayer to humbly reflect and repent when needed on our evangelism efforts, as well as to ask for God’s blessing in providing us with opportunities for outreach in the upcoming weeks and months ahead. If you were not able to hear this call from my sermon yesterday, then it should be available later this evening to listen to online.
Let me take this opportunity to share with you a little more information about practicing this spiritual discipline. Fasting is essentially giving up food and drink for a period of time in order to focus on God. When you fast, I would encourage you to begin your day in prayer, asking God to use this time for you to draw closer to Him. Spending a few minutes meditating on His Word as the day begins will also be a blessing; may I suggest reflecting on 1 Peter 2:9-12 this Wednesday?
Then during the day when you would regularly eat a meal, you can use this time to continue praying about your personal evangelism and our church outreach. Do you feel far from God? Pray for a reminder of His loving presence through your gospel hope in Christ. Have you found your love for the world greater than your love for God? If so, confess your sins as specifically as you can to God and receive His forgiveness in Christ. Has the fear of man in your soul prevented you from sharing the gospel with others? Then repent and ask for God's joy to fill your soul and calm your anxious heart. Has the Lord brought into your life anyone who needs to hear the gospel? Pray for wisdom and courage to reach out to them. Would you like more opportunities to evangelize people? Pray for God to lead you to those around you and in our community who are lost without Jesus.
Through the day, when you experience hunger pains, let this be a reminder that the spiritual nourishment God provides in Christ through His Word is far greater and more satisfying than the physical nourishment He provides in your food and drink. Offer a quick prayer of thanks for God's Word or take a minute to read an encouragement from Scripture.
I would also encourage you to read this article as you prepare to fast and pray from David Mathis.
I am looking forward to seeing how God will use this special day of fasting and prayer for His glory and our good. I am also hoping that this day will lead to each of us filling out one or more of our new Evangelism Prayer Cards so that we can pray for one another as we seek to share the joy of Christ with those in our community!
Because of His grace,
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