Grandma Rose would often sit at her kitchen table reading her bible. Up at 5 am usually, one day, I got up and asked her what was she doing up so early. She said, reading the book of Acts and getting ready to start fasting and praying with her church members.
Acts (NIV) 13:2-3 says, 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
Acts 2:42 (NIV) says, 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Individual fasts involve God and the believer and are often private (Matthew 6:16-18).
Corporate fasts involve God and a group of believers. The group can include family and church family, for example, connected for a spiritual purpose.
We all know there is power in numbers. I am hopeful today that we can join together for a two-day corporate fast on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. I want to do this for ourselves and agree with the other subscribers and their petitions to God. I also suggest reading the book of Acts. Let us detox our body, mind, and soul for these two days.
Father, thank You for all that You are in our lives. We are petitioning You to do what only You can do in our lives. You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. You are the God who performs miracles! Father, perform a miracle in our lives. Take our efforts and multiply them, Father. Your Word says You "reward those who earnestly seek You ( Hebrews 11:6)." We are seeking Your face. We are thankful that your power is made perfect in our weakness. Give us wisdom, strength, and perspective. Please help us to be kingdom-builders. Honor the prayers of each person joining in this corporate fast. Father, we surrender our lives to you. Father, we ask these things of You without harm or danger coming to us, near us or our bloodline. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
" Everyone is praying for something, let's pray together."- Alston Shropshire