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Ten-Day Fast

Monday, January 20 - Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Join fellow Christians across America in a ten-day fast (fasting from food). Participants will follow the example of men and women of Scripture who humbled themselves and sought the Lord through fasting. Our country needs the spiritual renewal that only God can bring. May He hear our cry and answer!

Starting Monday, January 20, 2020, participants will seek God through the biblical practice of fasting. You may choose to fast from all foods for the entire ten days—drinking only liquids—or you may choose to fast one or two meals each day. For some, health limitations will require a different type of fast (see fasting resources). However God leads you, we are thrilled to have you be a part.

Please sign up below to participate! As a participant, you will receive a special devotional by email each morning of the fast offering encouragement as you devote yourself to the Lord in humility through fasting. Our theme for this fast is “Undefiled,” and the ten daily devotions will draw from the example of Daniel, a man of God who refused to conform to the ungodly culture in which he lived.

May God draw near and bring spiritual renewal to us and to our nation as we seek Him through prayer and fasting!

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Revelation of God’s Presence

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Devotional for Day 2

Daniel answered the king and said, ‘No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days.
- Daniel 2:27-28 (ESV)

An impossible task: tell the king his dream. Any clues? None. Any context? Not really. All right, go! 

Crickets. 

But God. God does something. He reveals to Daniel the king’s dream, and in so doing Daniel’s life is saved. Pagan wisemen are saved. Death was foretold by Nebuchadnezzar. But God brought life. But God. Possibly the two greatest words in all of Scripture. In Ephesians 2, the Apostle Paul writes “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins…” An impossible situation. Death. The end. Yet Paul continues: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us…made us alive together with Christ.” Life! Hope! God’s grace in Christ Jesus!

The aching desire of a Christian is God’s presence, for “in your presence there is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11). We long for God, and we long for the joy that only He and His presence can bring. This is the chief goal of humanity - to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said that “sin is the failure to glorify God with our whole lives in all things. Salvation, therefore, is being put into a position to be able to glorify God.” This is what God has wrought in us! We are brought into a state and condition to glorify God, and it becomes our heart’s desire to experience the reality of God’s glory in our lives. 


And yet for the Christian, there are seasons when God seems absent. And it feels like death. Darkness descends. Hopelessness approaches. Stagnancy pervades. We reach a point where we cry out, “Things cannot remain this way! I can’t bear your silence any more! I need your presence desperately!” Our stomachs churn and we slog through our days but food and drink and entertainment become of secondary importance. And God responds. He reveals Himself. And there is renewed life. Our circumstances may be dire. Heaven may seem to be made of brass wherein nothing can get through. But God! He comes to remind us of the riches we have in Christ, His eternal presence by His Spirit in us (1 Corinthians 6:18), and our hope is restored to that day in which we will no longer fast, but feast, with our risen Lord and King Jesus. Just as Daniel boldly proclaims to the powers and principalities “God’s mystery is revealed!” We boldly proclaim “I have life in Jesus Christ who defeated sin and death and hell, and He is the fulfillment of God’s promise to be with us forevermore!”

This is where it has all led: Jesus Christ’s reign and rule over all creation. His life-giving Spirit. The Gospel of God the Father. God has revealed the mystery, which is Christ in you (Colossians 1:27). Feed on Him, the manna from Heaven, through this season of fasting, and be renewed by His presence.

Tucker Else
Ministry Director, Christian Union at Penn

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Join with the believers who have committed themselves to fasting for twenty-one days.

Why Fast?

Fasting was practiced in the Old Testament, New Testament and in church history to entreat God for Him to move in extraordinary ways. We need God in the U.S. now more than ever.

Moses fasted 40 days, Nehemiah fasted 120 days, and large numbers of Jews in Esther's time fasted for 70 days in their time of need.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says that when we humble ourselves and confess our sins, God intervenes in history to heal our land. In Psalm 35:13 King David humbled himself through fasting and many others in the Scriptures have done the same to gain favor from God. Moses fasted 40 days, Nehemiah fasted 120 days, and large numbers of Jews in Esther’s time fasted for 70 days in their time of need. Jesus fasted 40 days, Christians in the book of Acts fasted regularly, and believers for 2000 years have sought God through fasting and prayer. Thousands of American Christians humbling themselves through an extended fast will be very meaningful to God and will help move Him, according to His Word, to bring change to the U.S.

How to Fast

The fast lasts for ten days, beginning Monday, January 20th through Wednesday, January 29th, 2020. As a signed-up participant, you will receive an email each morning of the fast, featuring a devotional to encourage and motivate you as you fast.

You may choose to fast from foods for the entire ten days -- drinking only liquids -- or you may choose to fast one or two meals each day. However God leads you, we are thrilled to have you be a part.

Don't be afraid to take on this biblical challenge to draw closer to God and see Him exalt you as you humble yourself through fasting.

If you don’t have a lot of experience fasting, this may be a challenging endeavor. Christians throughout the centuries have sought God through fasting and have found Him in wonderful ways as a result. Don’t be afraid to take on this biblical challenge to draw closer to God and see Him exalt those who humble themselves through fasting.

Fasting Resources

American Christians are often unfamiliar with the practice even though fasting was common for Christians through the centuries and is regularly done in the international Church. For more information check out this FAQ for Fasting and this curated list of resources.

God's Next Move in America

America’s Christian heritage is among the greatest of all the nations in the world. God’s Kingdom has thrived here through the 1700s, 1800s, and 1900s, largely due to nationwide moves of God’s Spirit. We need another history-making move of God. By His sovereign grace, God ensures that we play a part in Heaven’s work. He draws near to us when we draw near to Him (James 4:8). We must ask, seek, and knock for an outpouring of His Spirit (Luke 11:5-13).

“Whenever God is about to do something truly great,
He first sets His people praying!” Matthew Henry, 1662-1714

"Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you." James 4:8
"Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God." William Carey, 1751-1834

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January 20 - 29, 2020 - Ten Day Fast: "Undefiled." Join us as we humble ourselves and draw near to the Lord through the biblical practice of fasting.

God's Next Move in America

America’s Christian heritage is among the greatest of all the nations in the world. God’s Kingdom has thrived here through the 1700s, 1800s, and 1900s, largely due to nationwide moves of God’s Spirit. We need another history-making move of God. By His sovereign grace, God ensures that we play a part in Heaven’s work. He draws near to us when we draw near to Him (James 4:8). We must ask, seek, and knock for an outpouring of His Spirit (Luke 11:5-13).

“Whenever God is about to do something truly great,
He first sets His people praying!” Matthew Henry, 1662-1714

Over the last three centuries, revivals have had a great impact. Between 1730 and 1830 successive movements of the Holy Spirit brought a large proportion of the population into the churches. These awakenings are not ultimately the result of marketing or organization. They come, by God’s grace and in his time, in response to extraordinary prayer. Christian Union Day and Night is making a serious attempt to spark this kind of prayer and devotion. I welcome it, and I’m very encouraged by it.

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