40 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and Repentance:
Meeting the Threat of the Coronavirus

Wed, Mar 18 -  Sun, Apr 26, 2020

It's not too late to join fellow Christians across America in a 40-day initiative of prayer, fasting and repentance. 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! The potential health and economic impact of the coronavirus is not fully known yet, but could be devastating. We desire that God has mercy.

In times of crises, God desires that His people examine themselves and repent of everything displeasing to Him. We are to repent on behalf of ourselves and American Christianity which is largely self-indulgent and does not seek the Lord in holiness or wholehearted devotion. First-century Christians prayed and read the Scriptures every morning and evening, and fasted twice a week. Meanwhile, American Christians spend little energy seeking God and the church is therefore largely powerless. Most Christians don’t give at least ten percent of their income even though we are the richest country in the history of the world, and we pollute ourselves through movies and our own engagement with sexual immorality. 

Participants will seek God through the Biblical practice of fasting, prayer and repentance. You may choose to fast from all foods for the entire 40 days—drinking only liquids—or you may choose to fast by eating only 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 desire to have you be a part, and God will reward you.

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 and repentance.

May God draw near and bring healing, comfort, and protection to our nation as we seek Him through prayer, fasting and repentance.

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Day 21 Devotional – "That the Name of Our Lord Jesus May Be Glorified in Us"

when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 
– 2 Thessalonians 1:10-12

Thank you for joining this 21-Day fast of self-humbling to seek the Lord and His strength.  It’s been an honor to walk with you in this pursuit of the God who has made us, loves us, and who has sent His son for us.  We know that there will be no fasting in heaven because we will be with the Lord face to face, free of the sinful nature and without need to crucify it through fasting.  One day our Lord Jesus will return to earth and indeed will be marveled at among all who have believed.  It will be a breathtakingly extraordinary experience!  

Our yearning until the day He returns is that we may be made worthy of His calling, fulfilling every good work He intends for us by His power.  This indeed will happen as the church in America rises up and draws close to Him like never before.  Setting aside half-hearted Christianity that dominates so much of the West, we are returning to Him with joy and eagerness, experiencing His presence like never before.  We refuse to seek Him as is comfortable and familiar, but instead seek Him as He requires, according to His standards of obedience and righteousness.  God has made us so that Jesus may be glorified in us and us in Him, so we set aside anything that stands in the way of that.  

Over the three weeks you have prayed for family, friends, church members, your city and nation - that we may be one in Him, fully devoted to Him in all our ways.  He pours out His Spirit when we seek Him earnestly, breaking strongholds, bringing loved-ones to faith and shifting the spiritual climate.  Every sincere prayer lifted up before Him in faith is carefully recorded by Him that He may respond with love toward His creation.  We are trusting God for a revival and awakening like the nation has never seen, and every step of faith we make toward Him is part of His glorious plan to rend the heavens and pour forth His Spirit like never before.  We are trusting Him to do the impossible!  May His name be glorified in every way. 

Thank you for your sincere faith and partnership in glorifying Him!

Yours in Christ,
Matt Bennett
Founder and CEO of Christian Union

375 People Fasting

Make an enormous spiritual difference in 2021! Sign up to participate and invite friends and family to join you!

How will we fast? It’s up to each person. The Bible provides different examples of fasting from skipping meals during the day to forgoing all foods for multiple days in a row. Only rarely and in very exceptional circumstances does someone abstain from both food and drink. Ask God how you should fast and please consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about fasting. The most important part of fasting is the humbling of our hearts to love and seek after God.

How will your life, your loved ones, and our country be different if we all seriously seek God for 2021?

Fasting Resources

Check out these resources, especially if fasting is new to you: What You’ve Always Wondered about Fasting and Modern Resources on 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