Wednesday September 6  |  6:00-9:00pm in Clarkview

Acknowledging that we are a nation standing in the need of prayer, The Moody Church has set aside Wednesday September 6 as our next Day of Prayer and Fasting. We will seek to obey the Scripture that says, “Consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord” (Joel 1:14).

Fasting is a sign of our desperation and a deep desire for complete repentance — a sign of our hunger for God. It is not a substitute for obedience nor is it a way to manipulate God.

Tips on conducting a 36-hour fast

  1. The evening before, eat a light dinner. Spend time in personal confession and yieldedness to God. Abstain from TV and other input that would divert you from having a special meeting with God.

  2. The day of the fast, drink water or juices but abstain from food.

  3. In the morning, resolve to focus on two or three promises from God (e.g. Psalm 145:18; Jeremiah 33:3; John 15:7). Ask God to show you sin in your life that needs to be confessed and forsaken.

  4. Add to the above promises your own concerns for you and your family, our church, our nation, and the world.

  5. Continue with your regular activities throughout the day, using your hunger as a reminder to love and trust God with the burdens on your heart. Pray silently as you work. If asked why you are not eating, simply say that you have chosen to fast on this day.

  6. In the evening, join with other believers to affirm your own desperation to see God answer prayer.

  7. The next morning, ask yourself:

  • What did I learn yesterday?

  • What sins were revealed to me?

  • What burdens were taken from my shoulders and transferred to God?

  • What do I see more clearly than before?

  • What is the next step in my walk with God?

Please note: if you are unable to fast for health reasons, you are encouraged to do the above while maintaining your regular eating schedule. Fasting itself has no special merit in God’s sight but is an added means of revealing who we are in God’s presence.