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January 22: A Day to Fast and Pray

Posted by Care Net on Jan 20, 2017 11:49:13 AM

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Sunday is the 44th anniversary of the landmark decision that legalized abortion: Roe v. Wade. Since the verdict was handed down, millions of mothers' and children's lives have been lost to the scourge of abortion.

We would be honored if you would join us in fasting and praying Sunday as we petition the Lord for the following:

  • That the hearts of those considering abortion would be softened and turned towards their unborn children, and that lives would be saved.

  • Wisdom and courage for our nation's leaders, that they would make decisions that protect the most vulnerable members of our society.

  • Forgiveness for our nation's arrogance, that we have sought to take God's authority over life and death for ourselves.

  • That, regardless of our nation's laws, that we would see Roe v. Wade overturned in our hearts and abortion's devestating impact recognized by our society.

  • Protection for those who those who come from all over the country to participate in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on January 27th.

Some Notes About Fasting

The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives.

Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.

When it comes to fasting, there is not a one size fits all model. There are many different ways to remove distraction in order to seek God in prayer.

COMPLETE FAST

This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

SELECTIVE FAST

This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, or bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.

PARTIAL FAST

This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.

SOUL FAST

This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, and then choose to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion at the conclusion of the fast.

Want to know more about fasting? Cru has two guides to fasting: a personal guide, and 7 step guide. Fasting is one way of heightening our dependence on God (Matthew 4:4).

Thank you in advance for standing with us in prayer and fasting!

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