THE 40-DAY FAST, commencing JULY 1 and culminating in Day to Change Our
World on AUGUST 9, is an invitation from the Father to enter into a sober,
vigilant season, in which a praying, fasting Singapore Church prepares
herself to make a difference in this land.
For the sake of His great name in this nation, may we approach this season
of humbling in the fear of the Lord. Besides fasting from food, consider
fasting from things that distract (such as television) or things that
destroy (such as careless words). For the Lord whom we seek will come
suddenly into His Temple like a refiner's fire, to judge, and to burn up
every worthless thing [Malachi 3:1-2].
In this 40-DAY FAST, may we humbly identify with the sins and struggles of
the Church and nation. May we open our lives to His scrutiny so that He may
cleanse us, and renew a right spirit within us. May He plough our hearts
deeply; and infuse fresh love for Him, for one another, for the lost, and
for the nation. May He stir within us a renewed sense of responsibility to
shine for Him in the midst of encroaching darkness.
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40-DAY FAST - A SEASON OF HUMBLING
Each church is free to participate however the Lord leads them.
Prepare the church for the fast through a pulpit series prior to or
throughout the month of July. Encourage every person who is fasting to put
aside all monies saved from food as a love gift for a designated charity
to be collected on a Sunday at the end of the 40-day Fast.
1-DAY CHURCH-WIDE FAST
In response to God's awesome promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14, consecrate at
least ONE July date for a 24-hour church-wide prayer and fasting. Conclude
with a solemn assembly in the evening, involving every member of the
congregation: leadership and laity, male and female, young and old (Joel
1:13-14; Joel 2:12-17). Allow for a time of personal and corporate
repentance and reconciliation.
NOTE; As a minimum, we need 40 local congregations to each take on ONE July
date for corporate fasting in this 40-day season of humble seeking. But
instead of just one fasting congregation per day, why not seven to ten
fasting congregations for each of the 40 days? This is altogether doable.
There are at least 410 congregations in Singapore today. Ideally, we could
have as many as 10 congregations corporately fasting each of the 40-days
from July 1 to August 9, 1997. May the Lord open our eyes, move our hearts
and stir our spirits to respond in this hour of global and local prayer
3-DAY CHURCH-WIDE FAST
Set aside 3 consecutive July dates for a 48-hour church-wide fast for
personal and corporate revival.
40-DAY CHURCH-WIDE FAST
For total church mobilization, allow for many types of fast to cater for
different age groups or circumstances. In this way, within your
congregation, there will be groups of believers committed to praying and
fasting every day of the 40-days. Consider the following options:
- 40-Day Total Fast
Let us not underestimate the spiritual potential of the average church
member. Within each congregation, there is always that company of
serious-minded intercessors whom God has set apart to carry the flame of
revival prayer for the Church. By God's grace in the past 18 months, a
number of pastors and believers have gone on voluntary 40-day fasts for
personal and national revival.
- Total Fast-Link
Mobilize as many as are willing to take on ONE or more days of total fast
in a 40-day fasting chain.
- One-Meal Fast
Mobilize the entire congregation to fast one meal a day throughout the 40 days.
- Daniel Fast
Encourage many to sacrifice meat and other delicacies, and consume only
fresh vegetables and juices in small portions throughout the 40-day fast.
This healthy diet is considered a partial fast.
- Small Group Fast
Within this 40-day period, integrate prayer and fasting into your normal
small group or cell programme. At the same time, be completely open to the
ways of the Lord. As had happened in New York city and several other
places, the Holy Spirit may prompt you to suspend all normal cell
activities, and devote every cell gathering during this 40-day season for
repentance and reconciliation, renewal and revival! Covenant to pray at set
times on a daily basis. A revived cell is an unstoppable force. Out of
prayer will flow "heavenly blueprints" to engage the harvest in our
Life in the fast lane can be hazardous to your spiritual health. The
demands of a punishing schedule day in and day out can wear us to shreds.
It's good to pause and pray. Rally Christians in your office to fast lunch
together throughout the 40-days. It will improve the office atmosphere
significantly. Also, consider joining with likeminded others in the special
HOUR OF POWER [lunch-fast prayer gatherings] at St Andrew's.
According to our records, there is an exciting distribution per housing
community of Christians who have committed themselves to be part of
PrayerWave Singapore which was launched last year at Day to Change Our
World. If you wish to contact PrayerWavers living in your same block or on
your same street for prayer and fasting, we can help connect you. Call
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