“Yet even now,” declares the LORD,“return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster." Joel 2:12-13
Our session (at Immanuel RPC in West Lafayette) has called for a day of fasting and prayer on Thursday, September 8th. I would like to use this opportunity to invite you and your congregations to join us.
Here are the conspiring factors behind our decision:
- Several of the speakers at the RPCNA's synod this summer encouraged us to more concerted times of prayer and fasting. I would especially commend this sermon by Pastor Bruce Parnell.
- One of our members wrote a very persuasive letter to us asking for a day to be set aside for prayer and fasting. (See here: Immanuel RPC Day of Fasting and Prayer)
- The state of God-honoring morality in our society continues to decline so rapidly that fasting and prayer seem almost mandatory. While pertinent editorials, social media posts and general concern abounds in the church, it all must be translated into zealous prayer or it will be worthless.
- The upcoming American national and local elections should drive us to seek God's face for mercy and blessing.
Our day of fasting and prayer will revolve around three meetings. From 6-8am, people will come and go from the church building, praying alone or in groups prayers of praise and repentance. From 11am-1pm, we'll gather again as able to bring more specific requests before the Lord for our churches and nation. And from 7-8:30pm we'll be together for a brief time of singing, hearing God's Word and more extended times in prayer. In the next few weeks, we'll be preparing some teaching and reading for our congregation on the subject of fasting; I'll plan to post some of that material here.
We have invited the churches of our presbytery to take part and have also invited many of the local congregations to take part as well. We've received enough encouraging feedback to believe that the invitation should be spread even more widely.
**So, would you join us? **We would be incredibly encouraged to know that we are joining with other Christians, not only locally, but nationally and globally to move God's heart by prayer to mercy, blessing and even revival. You certainly don't have to tell us that you're participating, but it would be great to know those who are praying together. I would be glad to interact with you or your pastors personally to answer any questions or perhaps coordinate resources.
In the meantime, let us not wait to pray! Today is a great day to seek the Lord of hosts, that he would put on His sword and ride out for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness!
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