Tuesday, May 27, 2008

A Day of Prayer and Fasting, May 28

I have invited Legacy to join me in a day of prayer and fasting, Wednesday, May 28. We have scheduled four of these this year, and this is our second one. We began our summer series, Heroes of the Faith, this past Sunday, so I have offered the prayers of three of the heroes to guide our prayers tomorrow.

Here are some suggestions to prepare for tomorrow. I will post the prayers in the morning early and will comment on them throughout the day. I invite you to do the same.

A Prayer Guide for our Day of Prayer and Fasting

Use the prayers of heroes of the faith (posted in the morning) to guide your heart toward God in the morning, at noon, and in the evening. Read the stories around these prayers to know the events in which our heroes prayed. As you pray personal prayers for yourself and loved ones, remember to pray for Legacy Church staff, Leadership Team, and volunteers in all areas. Pray that God will bless them with wisdom and that He will continue to choose us to make Himself known to His people and to the world.

Suggestions for Your Fast

The purpose of a fast is to refuse your physical hunger for food and external stimulation in order to feed your spiritual hunger for God. The goal is not to not eat but to feed your spirit with spiritual food through prayer, Bible reading, and quietness.

A 36-hour fast: Let the meal you ate before Tuesday evening be your last until you break your fast Thursday morning.

A 24-hour fast: Eat a light breakfast Wednesday morning and then fast until Thursday morning.

A 12-hour fast: Eat a light breakfast Wednesday morning and then break your fast 12 hours later.

For shorter fasts, drink water, fruit and vegetable juices. For a longer fast, drink water and juices and eat small portions of fruit that are easily digested. Refuse caffeine, processed sugars and chemical sweeteners during your fast. You will discover how much your body have become accustomed to these chemicals and can be a source of prayer to reduce or remove them from your lifestyle. Do not attempt a long fast without consulting your physician.

I look forward to our conversations with God.

Preparing with you...

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