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 14 — Sunday, January 16, 2022

I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
– John 16:12-15

This fourteen-day fast began with a devotion from John 15 centering on the joy that comes when we are obedient to God.  It’s when we are obedient that we experience God’s love and are truly His friends and we fully abide in Him.  When we reflect on obedience, we naturally think of the many commandments in the Bible, especially the New Testament which has over 1,000 commands.  Yet, there’s another source of expectations that the Christian is to be aware of, and that’s direct communication from the Holy Spirit.  

In John 10 Jesus makes clear that all true Christians are able to hear His voice, and therefore are able to follow Him because they recognize His voice.  The ability to listen to His voice is unfortunately undervalued today, and therefore many Christians do not hear God well and therefore cannot obey Him faithfully. As can be seen in John 16:14 it’s the role of the Holy Spirit to take what is from Jesus and declare it to Christians.  As a matter of fact, this is a way in which the Holy Spirit brings glory to Jesus - by taking His communication and delivering it to the souls of Christians.  Further, in Acts 2:17, 18 it’s promised that once the Gospel is received, people can expect even more revelation from the Holy Spirit than was present during the Old Covenant.  The Bible reveals that the Spirit speaks to us in many ways such as dreams, visions, angelic visitations, sentences in our minds, circumstantial events, etc.  It’s the Christian’s privilege to learn from the Bible how the Holy Spirit speaks so that we can be attuned to Him.  We can’t stay in step with the Spirit if we’re not listening to Him.

There’s much to learn about listening to the Holy Spirit, but first and foremost it should be emphasized that anything heard from the Spirit must be weighed against the Scriptures. If it contradicts the Scriptures, it should be discarded because it’s not from God.  In all cases, perceived revelations from the Spirit should be weighed and tested as the Scriptures teach before it is accepted by the hearer.  

From the very beginning of the church we see the Holy Spirit speaking to saints such as in Acts 8:29 when He told Phillip to run up to the Ethiopian’s chariot where Phillip engaged with Him over the Gospel, baptizing Him after He believed.  The Spirit said, “Go over and join this chariot,” and therefore Phillip obeyed and went, leading the Ethiopian to faith in Christ.  Do you have stories like this in your life when the Holy Spirit spoke to you and it became clear that indeed He was directing you for an important spiritual purpose?  Learning to hear His voice well in order to be responsive to Him is essential for Christians to fulfill His purposes.  It leads to faithful obedience, and the joy which all Christians desire.

Dear Lord, we praise and glorify Your name!  Help us to hear Your voice, and to wisely discern what is from You so that we may faithfully obey You.  In Jesus' name, amen.  

Matt Bennett
Founder and CEO, Christian Union

375 People Fasting

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

Obedience to our Lord Jesus is a vital part of our relationship with Him. Seek Him at the start of the new year to walk in faithfulness to Him. And join Christians across America to seek God’s transforming work for our nation in 2022. Prioritize your relationship with Christ. Seek the Lord. Realign your heart. Intercede for your community.

You will receive a daily devotion each day of the fast to guide your prayers. Daily devotions will also help cultivate your ability to hear the Lord and fill you with conviction to obey His voice. May His name be magnified through us in 2022, as we abide in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Details: Each signed-up participant will receive a daily Bible-based devotional by email. 

Each participant will decide how to abstain from food and/or drink during this fast. The Bible provides different examples of fasting, from eating only one meal per 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 seek after God. Check out these resources, especially if fasting is new to you: What You’ve Always Wondered about Fasting and Modern Resources on Fasting.

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How will your life, your loved ones, and our country be different if we all seriously repent and return to God?

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

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