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What's the big deal about fasting?

We're excited to have a week of prayer and fasting from November 1st-November 7th 2021.

We plan to have a different topic each day to pray about and I hope you will join us from home or in person when we meet at the church together.

I think we get what prayer is. We are asking God to intercede for others and for ourselves. We want to thank Him for Who He is and we want to grow in our worship of God.

But what about "fasting"? What in the world is that and why should we do it?

To fast simply means that we abstain from something for a time, so that we can focus on God and prayer for awhile.

We can skip a meal, but fasting can be other things too.

Putting down our phones, turning off the tv, and switching off the computer so we can focus on prayer are also ways we can fast during our prayer week. Turning off those distractions lets God know that we're serious about spending time with Him and it will help us to focus on the task at hand.

Fasting isn't a command for us as Christians, but it can be helpful to refocus on what's important.

Fasting is NOT a way to manipulate God into answering prayer the way we want.

But it will help us to focus on God and His Word in a way that hopefully will make His will for us more clear.

I hope you can take some time this next week to pray. However you do it is up to you, but please consider taking the time to pray.

We will have a prayer guide for you to take home on Sunday, so check out the bulletin!

Looking forward to seeing what God does in our hearts and lives next week and beyond.

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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