21-Day Fast: “Fasting for Cultural Revolution”

Praise God that 2,153 people from across America participated in a 21-day fast, which ended September 2, 2018! As we fasted, we prayed for God to transform seven important sectors of our society for His glory: Arts & Entertainment, Business, Education, Family, Government, Media, and The Church.

A 10-Day Fast is planned for January 7-16, 2019. Details to be announced here.

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Christian Unity for Cultural Transformation

Sunday, September 2, 2018 - Devotional for Day 21
Sector of Society We Are Fasting and Praying For: The Church

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 (ESV)

One of the most common metaphors for the Church in the New Testament is the human body, because it mirrors key characteristics of the Church. Like a human body, the Churchthat is, all Christians in the worldare unified into one corpus, and also like the human body, has members that look different and fulfill different functions. Additionally, just as a human body has a head which directs everything in the body, so the Church has Jesus Christ who is the head of the Church.

Accepting and appreciating different members of the body has always been an important characteristic of outpourings of the Holy Spirit in history. While perfect unity will not be realized until sin is completely vanquished, during times of great progress in the Church, there is usually a much greater regard by Christians for Christians who are different. In the current day, many Christians clump together based on similarities, which is not wrong in and of itself, but can lead to myopia. Those with high regard for careful biblical scholarship will gather in one denomination, those who value manifestations of the Holy Spirit in another, while those who value outreach to the poor will congregate in another. If this leads to judging other Christians then the only answer is repentance and reconciliation. God has a place for all Christians just as there is important functionality for all parts of the human body.

Another characteristic of true Christian unity is the affirmation of Jesus Christ as the head of the Church. Believe it or not, sometimes Christians come into agreement on various matters and celebrate it, but it’s out of sync with the head of the body, Jesus Christ. Unity in the Church is only unity if members are in harmony with the head of the Church, Jesus Christ. Sometimes this may mean that members of the body are out of sync with each other because some will align with the Lord while others may rebel against Him. This phenomenon is not uncommon historically when the Spirit of God is poured out in a move of God. Some respond to what God is doing, while others will hold back out of fear or even disobedience. Of course, still others may act out in ungodly ways, declaring that they’re just following the Lord. We need God’s help to know which way to go and what to do. Unity in the body cannot be achieved without the divine help of the living God.

Over the last three weeks a couple thousand Christians in the United States have prayed and fasted to ask the Lord to bring spiritual cultural revolution in Arts & Entertainment, Business, Education, Family, Government, Media, and The Church. All Christians have a connection to one or more of these sectors, and all Christians have a role to fulfill as salt and light to bring God praise. May the Lord give us all grace as we walk with Him, love Him and fulfill His great purposes.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Matt Bennett
Founder and CEO of Christian Union

2,152 People Fasting

Join with thousands of believers who have committed themselves to fasting for 21 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 21 days, beginning Monday, August 13th, 2018 through Sunday, September 2nd. As a signed-up participant, you will receive an email each morning of the fast, featuring a devotional on the theme “Fasting for Cultural Revolution” 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 those who humble themselves through fasting.

If you don’t have a lot of experience fasting, this may be a challenging endeavor to face. 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

Fasting helps the Christian draw close to God, although American Christians are often unfamiliar with the practice. 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