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Dear Friends,When God spoke to Nehemiah he prayed, fasted and all the people joined together as one to accomplish God's purpose. Jehoshaphat called all the people to pray and fast together in the face of a great enemy advance (2 Chron. 20). The battle was won. The church in Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch were collectively called to prayer and fasting by the disciples (Acts 14). They were facing many tribulations. God delivered them. Many other biblical examples abound.This is why we are called to 40 days of prayer and fasting. We can do this. We must do this. The Bible clearly describes fasting as "not eating food." I have shared a number of ways you can be involved. Pray, choose, select, adjust, and do! I have also shared some thoughts for those with special considerations such as smaller children or those who have medical conditions. My fervent prayer is for all of us to experience a renewed intimacy with our Savior. How can we ever be the same when we walk closely with the Lord?I am calling on all who love the Lord Jesus to join together in a time set aside for prayer and fasting. I have often wondered why the Lord chose to "pick" on food. Perhaps because eating is something we all do from the moment we are born. We all need to eat. We all love to eat. This is why we fast from food and pray to God. Losing one finds the other. Hunger pangs are replaced with spiritual fulfillment. Intimacy with God is the result. Through our faith in God as a church family, He will do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Thank you in advance for joining me in being a part of something that only God can do!
Your friend and pastor,
For more information about fasting visit the First Baptist website HERE.