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Why Pray and Fast?
Why Now?

God makes a promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14. If we'll humble ourselves and pray, He will hear our prayers and heal our land.

Our state and country are desperate for healing. So we're taking God up on His Word. From September 7th to October 16th, we're inviting everyone to pray and fast.

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

-2 Chronicles 7:14

How to Get Involved

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Text "40 days" to 31996 to sign up for daily prayer guides.

 
 
 

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Fast from 7pm Sunday to 7pm Monday every week from September 7th to October 16th.

 
 
 

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Follow along from home using the guide below.

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New to Prayer and Fasting?

YOU'RE NOT ALONE. THIS TOOLKIT WILL LINK YOU TO ARTICLES, BOOKS, AND RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP YOU ALONG THE WAY.

So you want to pray and fast, but where do you start? And how necessary is that fasting part, really? If praying and fasting are new to you, you’re not alone. The resources below are designed to help you understand why we pray and fast and give you the tools you need to get started.

Join us in 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting from September 7th - October 16th, and let’s see how God moves in our homes, our church, our state, and our world.

ARTICLES:

WHAT IS FASTING AND WHY DO CHRISTIANS DO IT?
Fasting is about what we gain from the process: focus on God. Learn why we fast and find practical tips for getting started.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PRAYER
Prayer gives us direct access to God. No matter where we are or what we’re doing, we can always communicate with God.

WHY CHRISTIANS PRAY TOGETHER, NOT JUST IN PRIVATE
When Christians pray together as a church, it is called corporate prayer. Learn why praying together is important.

DO YOU PRAY TO THE FATHER, SON, OR HOLY SPIRIT?
Just like we sometimes choose which friend we confide in based on the nature of our problem, it is perfectly OK to speak directly to each person of the Trinity when it feels more natural to do so.

DOES POSTURE MATTER WHEN YOU PRAY?
Posture conveys emotions our words cannot. This is true in our conversations with each other and our conversations with God.

BOOKS:

“Teach Us to Pray: A Guide to Encountering God in Prayer” (free PDF download)
This book explores three kinds of prayer: upward prayer, inward prayer, and outward prayer. Learn how each one can guide us into meaningful and rich prayer times.

“Fervent” by Priscilla Shirer
This book will guide you in crafting prayer strategies that hit the enemy where it hurts, letting him know you’re on to him and that you won’t back down.

“Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God” by Tim Keller
Receive instruction and guidance on how to make prayer genuinely meaningful as Pastor Tim Keller delves into the many facets of this everyday act.

“God’s Chosen Fast” by Arthur Wallis
This timeless reference explains the purpose of fasting, gives detailed accounts of fasting in the Bible, and includes a comprehensive biblical index.

 

CONTENT PROVIDED COURTESY OF NEWSPRING CHURCH