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21-Day Fast: Fasting for Revival in America

Monday, August 12 - Sunday, September 1, 2019

Join fellow Christians across America in a 21-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, August 12, 2019, participants will seek God through the biblical practice of fasting. You may choose to fast from all foods for the entire 21 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. By signing up, each morning during the fast, you will receive a special devotional by email to encourage you as we devote ourselves to the Lord together in this special and humble way. 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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Praying For Our Church Leaders

Monday, August 26, 2019
Devotional for Day 15

And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed. — Acts 14:23 (ESV)

Raising up, establishing, and praying for strong church leaders is as important today as it has ever been. In Acts 14, the apostles Paul and Barnabas share the gospel of the Kingdom with demonstrations of power to the people in Lystra and a revival breaks out as a result. In order to sustain this move of God and extend its reach and impact, Paul and Barnabas appoint leaders and with prayer and fasting, they commit them to the Lord. We can see from this example and elsewhere in the book of Acts the great value placed on fasting and praying for God to establish committed church leaders and sustain them in ministry in order to advance the Kingdom of God.

We also see examples of this in church history. Charles Spurgeon, a spiritual powerhouse from another generation, went down in church history as the ‘Prince of Preachers,’ and for good reason, since a century after his death he was the most widely printed and read English author. It would be no exaggeration to say that Spurgeon led thousands to faith in Christ. What was behind the success of this giant in the faith? Spurgeon himself attributed the source of his power and fruitfulness to the prayers of the saints in his church, in what he called the church’s ‘boiler room.’

The early church prayed for their leaders and revivals broke out. Charles Spurgeon’s church congregants prayed for his ministry and many came to know the Lord through him. It is clear that in order to advance the Kingdom of God, we need to pray for our church leaders. Let us ask for God’s grace upon their ministry. Let us pray for their families to be protected and blessed. Let us pray that God would give them insight, revelation and understanding. Let us pray for them to be men and women of prayer, power and purpose. Let us pray that they would equip the saints for the work of ministry. Let us pray that God would bear lasting fruit through their lives and ministries. We can trust that as we commit our church leaders to the Lord, we will see Him do wonders in our midst.

God, we ask that You bless our church leaders. Anoint them with Your Holy Spirit. Provide for all their needs. Grant them wisdom as they raise up and appoint new leaders. Fill them with power to preach the gospel with signs and wonders. Sustain them through every season of their ministries. Bless their families, their marriages and their children. Equip and use all the pastors, elders and leaders in the local churches in my city, and all over the globe, to bring glory and honor to the name of Jesus. Amen.

Fady Ghobrial
Ministry Fellow, Christian Union at Harvard

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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 United States.

How to Fast

The fast lasts for 21 days, beginning Monday, August 12th, 2019 through Sunday, September 1st. 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 21 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

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.

  • Tim Keller
  • Redeemer Presbyterian Church
  • New York City