Day 15: Pray for first responders and health care workers. Romans 8:26-27 Suggested fast: Day 9 of a Daniel Fast (Daniel 1:8-14) (VIDEO)
Day 16: Pray for freedom from fear among us. Romans 8:15 Suggested fast: Day 10 of a Daniel Fast (Daniel 1:8-14) (VIDEO)
Day 17: Pray for God to meet the financial needs of the members of our church family. Philippians 4:19-20 Suggested fast: Skip one meal today. (VIDEO)
Day 18: Pray for health for the members of our church family. Jeremiah 33:6 Suggested fast: Skip two meals today. (VIDEO)
Day 19: Pray for the fruit of the spirit to be active in us. Galatians 5:22-23 Suggested fast: Skip all meals today. (VIDEO)
Day 20: Pray for HFCN to be unified, walking truly together. Ephesians 4:1-6 Suggested fast: Go without something today you usually have every day (i.e. coffee, soda, sweets, etc.). (VIDEO)
Day 21: Pray for our pastors and staff as they lead us. Galatians 6:9 Suggested fast: Skip something important to you that isn’t food or drink (i.e. entertainment, social media, etc.). (VIDEO)
In-person prayer opportunities below:
September 17th, 7:00pm, Grand Caverns Park (Shelter #5), 5 Grand Caverns Drive, Grottoes, VA
September 24th, 7:00pm, Purcell Park Shelter (Look for HFCN sign), 41 Monument Drive, Harrisonburg, VA
Why this emphasis?
We are in the midst of a disruption in our world that has left many feeling overwhelmed by fear and anxiety. While we are all dealing with his reality personally, it also impacts us as a church. In response, we believe it is essential for us to invest 30 days in prayer and fasting together, believing that God will hear us for His glory (James 5:16; Ezra 8:23). Our mission has not changed: Transformed by God to bring hope to others through Christ. We are desperate for God’s presence and power to enable us to be who He has called us to be in these days. We will invite our church to spend time each day praying specifically and fasting when they are able and as they feel led. Below is a specific guide to help us identify a way to pray each day, a Scripture focus, and an optional way that you could consider fasting. This is not meant to be restrictive, but rather a guide to encourage you to join as the Holy Spirit leads. Additionally, we will offer a brief video each day with a specific prayer from one of our leaders.
What is fasting?
Fasting is abstaining from food (or something else) for a period of time for the purpose of intentional spiritual focus. Some of the purposes we see in Scripture of fasting are to strengthen our prayers, to seek guidance, to seek deliverance, to repent, to humble ourselves, and to express worship for God. For more in depth study and understanding of fasting, check out these resources:
What is our focus?
We will be praying together specifically for five key areas.
FOCUS 1, Pray for one another (I Timothy 2:1): Who is hurting around you? Who is in need of hope and redemption? Who has a physical need? A financial need? A spiritual need? What we’re fighting: Sickness, discouragement, hopelessness.
FOCUS 2, Pray for peace (Philippians 4:7): We are living in an unprecedented time of uncertainty. Many are attacked and some paralyzed by fear and anxiety. Peace does not come from our circumstances, but from our God who is our peace. Where is an area you are needing to experience peace? Where are you currently seeking peace from other sources than In Christ? Where is disruption and the Lord is inviting you to speak prayers of peace? Peace is a fruit of the Spirit. How can you embody His peace during these days? What we’re fighting: Anxiety, worry, timidity.
FOCUS 3, Pray for courage (Joshua 1:9): Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather obedience in spite of fear. The source of our strength and courage is not found in ourselves, but in Christ. Where is God asking you to trust and walk in obedience in spite of your fear? Where is it that you are walking in obedience but not yet seeing God’s answer, His provision, or His next step? What we’re fighting: self-focus, disobedience, doubt.
FOCUS 4, Pray for unity (1 Corinthians 1:10): We don’t seek unity for the sake of unity but unity in Christ (as we make Christ the focus, he can bring unity). Is there anywhere you see disunity in your life? In your family? In your community? What is it today that you are seeking instead of God? In place of God? What we’re fighting: discord, pettiness, negative talk.
FOCUS 5, Pray for our church (Acts 1:8): Pray for us to be faithful in living out of mission: Transformed by God to bring hope to others through Christ. Pray for us to be obedient even in times of uncertainty. Pray for unity in the body as we seek the Lord and trust in Him to lead us. Pray for our leadership and volunteers. What we’re fighting: weakness, irrelevance, ineffectiveness.