On the 1st of October of 2019, our Governor, Bill Lee proclaimed in Tennessee a day of prayer and fasting on October 10. That evening, after having fasted during the day, thousands of people from all over Middle Tennessee gathered to pray for our city, our state, and our nation. We agreed going forward that on the 10th of each month we would take another day to fast and pray for our state and for our nation. We invited you to join us this month.
Hear more from Pastor Allen below:
Why fast and pray?
2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
We humble ourselves before the Lord, and put our trust in Him to bring healing to our land. We pray for an awakening of the Church to seek the Lord all across this nation. As Christ-followers we unite under the Lordship of Jesus and ask for His guidance.
- Prayer and fasting were the catalyst for Daniel’s breakthrough in Daniel 9:1-9
- Esther fasted and prayed to intercede for the Jewish people in Esther 4:12-17
- After fasting and prayer, Nehemiah commits to securing a new future for the Jewish people in Nehemiah 1:3-5
What is fasting?
Fasting is abstaining from food for spiritual purposes. Take the time and energy you would normally use preparing and eating a meal, and spend that time with the Lord. When you fast, you become more aware of your own frailty and more aware of your dependence on God’s strength. It brings a clarity and focus to your time in prayer.
What can I pray for?
- We pray for the church to be awakened
“This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” — Romans 13:11
- We pray for our leaders
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” — 1 Timothy 2:1-2
- We pray for peace
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” — Colossians 3:12
- We pray for humble and obedient hearts
“Righteousness exalts a nation.” — Proverbs 14:34
- We pray for the needy
“And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed…” — Luke 4:17-18
- Before you begin, decide what you’re fasting for, and how long it will last. It’s important to have a defined goal.
- Start slow. If you’ve never fasted, try skipping one meal, and use that time to pray.
- Set aside some time to be still before God, and pray with purpose.
- Including a prayer partner may be helpful.