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 30 Devotional – Seeking God in September

Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!
— Psalm 105:1-4

Christian Union began “Seeking God in September” as a means to encourage thousands of Christians in the United States to love God, obey God and seek God wholeheartedly.  Today, September 30, is the last day of this special emphasis of daily devotions.  God is our answer and our hope – the center of our lives and the center of all creation.  As humanity, all of whom are made in His glorious image, seek Him wholeheartedly, He is pleased and draws near to the creatures that He loves.  

A professor of church history at the University of Virginia, Robert Louis Wilken, believes that Psalm 105:4 is possibly the most descriptive passage in the Bible of the Christian church for the first four hundred years of its history.  The church sincerely and diligently sought God wholeheartedly, and it is no wonder that God responded by pouring out supernatural love, miracles, and incredible strength to stay faithful to Him even in the midst of mass martyrdom.  These early saints displayed extraordinary strength by the Spirit of God, because they knew God and drew on the abiding presence of Jesus Christ in their lives.  

God is a faithful God who keeps His promises, which means that His servants have every right to believe deep in their hearts that He will reward those who diligently pursue Him.  Seeking Him takes time, however, and unless Christians are willing to die to themselves, repent of all self-indulgence and make Him the number one priority, they cannot expect a heavenly visitation of any significance.  First century Christians devoted themselves to prayer and the Word at least twice daily – morning and evening – and also sought Him through a regular pattern of fasting Wednesdays and Fridays.  They periodically gathered for longer periods of devotion in line with the two annual week-long feasts of the Jews, and participated in multi-day periods of prayer and fasting.  They repented of their sins and sought to obey Him with great faithfulness and diligence, no matter the sacrifice or cost.  They truly believed that he who loses his life is the one who finds it.  

Numerous Christians have already made this sort of dramatic change in their devotion to God and as thousands of others join the cause, God will hear and respond with favor and blessing.  America needs God, especially during these tumultuous times of COVID-19, social unrest, and the upcoming election.  Will you make these sorts of radical changes in your life?  Christian Union Day and Night stands ready to help support and strengthen you as you make God your number one priority and as you seek Him as He requires.  

Thank you for your partnership in the Gospel and may God give grace to you and to your family and to the United States of America.  

In Him,

Matt Bennett
Founder and CEO, Christian Union

46,500 People Fasting

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

Theme: John 20:21 is our theme verse for these 21 days for 2021.

Jesus said to them again,
Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”

  • Inward Peace – To bring change to our nation, we first need peace within ourselves. During these 21 days, we will seek “things above” (Colossians 3:1-3), diminish worldly distractions, and remove anything from our lives that grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:25-32). Fasting will humble us and lead us to repent with contrition and find God in wonderful new ways
  • Outward Purpose – Our nation needs God, and the Lord has sent us to witness for Him in America. We will pray fervently for our country and for our own courage to serve God’s redemptive plan. He has a specific role for each of us to play and we will inquire what He is saying to us personally for the year ahead.  

Details: Each participant will receive a daily Bible-based devotional email during the 21-day fast to help motivate and offer guidance. 

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