An Invitation to Fast and Pray (8 weeks left)

9:04 AM

My heart is overwhelmed and I do not feel brave. But God is still strong and we are still pushing through.

I wanted to send out an invitation for anyone who wants to join with us and our little small group who meets on Sundays who are going to begin fasting and praying on Wednesdays for Elsie.

I can't even describe how honored I feel that we have such loving people around us who are so committed to our little girl.

Those in our group who are pregnant or breastfeeding will not be fasting from all food for the day, but will find other ways to fast, but if you are able to fast--please consider joining us...it's only 8 Wednesdays until my due date, but technically we could have less time. Or more time. Who knows.

It's so important to me that we are doing this at the end, because it was so hard to pray towards the end of my pregnancy with Ellie. Things get real scary real fast with such little time left in pregnancy.

So--talk to Jesus about joining us, and if you would like to join AND be added to an email list to receive some sort of "group fasting" updates/encouragement, please email me at  jordanAtate@gmail.com, but there is no obligation to join the email list unless you want to hear from the rest of the group.

We thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of our hearts!


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A quick note on fasting, in case anyone is curious- these are not my words! As noted above, pregos and breast feeding mommas should not fast from food, but in case you're curious about fasting from a biblical standpoint, here it is! There's so much good stuff out there on fasting if it's a new concept to you, but thank you all for your great response in joining with us! Remember to provide your email if you want communication during the day (unless you're abstaining from technology, of course!) :)

"THE PRINCIPLES OF BIBLICAL FASTING

There are two main overriding principles related to prayer and fasting in the Bible.

First, biblical fasting is going without food. The noun translated "fast" or "a fasting" is tsom in the Hebrew and nesteia in the Greek language. It means the voluntary abstinence from food. The literal Hebrew translation would be "not to eat." The literal Greek means "no food."

I know people who say they go without television or movies, and they call these "fasting" times. I'm not opposed to that definition of fasting-fasting does imply that we are giving up one thing in order to replace it with something else, and in the Bible sense, specifically to replace it with prayer. But in the main, I believe fasting has to do with our abstaining from food. Second, biblical fasting is linked with serious seasons of prayer. The more seriously we approach prayer and fasting, the more serious the results we will experience.

The first and foremost purpose of a biblical or spiritual fast is to get a breakthrough on a particular matter that one lifts up to the Lord in prayer. A spiritual fast involves our hearts and the way in which we relate to and trust God. It relates to discerning and receiving strength to follow through on what God might reveal to us about circumstances in our lives or a direction we are to take.

KEY REASONS TO FAST AND PRAY

I do, however, encourage every believer to fast and pray for two very important reasons:

1. The Scriptures Teach Us to Fast and Pray

The Bible has a great deal to say about both fasting and praying, including commands to fast and pray. The Bible also gives us examples of people who fasted and prayed, using different types of fasts for different reasons, all of which are very positive results. Jesus fasted and prayed. Jesus' disciples fasted and prayed after the Resurrection. Many of the Old Testament heroes and heroines of the faith fasted and prayed. The followers of John the Baptist fasted and prayed.Many people in the early church fasted and prayed. What the Scriptures have taught us directly and by the examples of the saints is surely something we are to do.

2. Fasting and Prayer Put You into the Best Possible Position for a Breakthrough

That breakthrough might be in the realm of the spirit. It may be in the realm of your emotions or personal habits. It may be in the realm of a very practical area of life, such as a relationship or finances. What I have seen repeatedly through the years-not only in the Scriptures but in countless personal stories that others have told me -- is that periods of fasting and prayer produce great spiritual results, many of which fall into the realm of a breakthrough. What wasn't a reality . . . suddenly was. What hadn't worked . . . suddenly did. The unwanted situation or object that was there . . . suddenly wasn't there. The relationship that was unloving . . . suddenly was loving. The job that hadn't materialized . . . suddenly did.

The very simple and direct conclusions I draw are these: First, if the Bible teaches us to do something, I want to do it. I want to obey the Lord in every way that He commands me to obey Him. And second, if fasting and praying are means to a breakthrough that God has for me, I want to undertake those disciplines so I might experience that breakthrough!"



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