Prayer + Fasting for Easter
As we prepare for Easter, the elders and pastors of Southbridge feel led to call the church to a focused time of prayer and fasting over the next two Thursdays.
Below you’ll find details about fasting, prayer, and specific prayer points.
Will you commit to praying and fasting (part of the day or the whole day) with us over the next two Thursdays (April 7 + 14)?
THE WHY & HOW OF FASTING
You may have many questions as to what biblical fasting looks like. Read the article below for a more complete understanding of biblical fasting.
- Pray for protection, healing, and restoration for those who may be experiencing spiritual battles (anxiety, discouragement, addiction, family, marriage, running from the Lord).
- Pray for the ministry of our Church, Elders, Pastors, and leaders. Pray for wisdom and clarity in vision and direction as well as courage, boldness, and protection.
- Pray for those you know who don’t know the Lord to be drawn to Him during this Easter season.
- Pray that we would recognize that everywhere we put our feet is a mission field. Our workplaces and community are places where God has put us to share His love. Let us walk boldly.
- Pray for boldness in the power of the Spirit to share God’s love with someone.
- Pray for courage to invite a lost friend to join you for Easter service and a receptive heart (maybe even ask them to join you for lunch).
- Pray for other churches and leaders in the area as we partner together for Kingdom impact, that this season would launch revival throughout RDU.
WHAT IS PRAYER?
A. Prayer is speaking with God. (Psalm 4:3)
As God’s children, we can be confident that He listens to our prayers and answers when we call on Him.
B. Prayer is an opportunity to demonstrate our trust in God. (Genesis 18)
God is just and yet merciful enough to allow us to intercede.
C. Prayer is an opportunity to bring our will into line with God’s plans. (Genesis 18)
Our prayer is not about changing God’s mind, but more about bringing our heart and mind in line with His will and purpose.
D. Prayer is an awesome privilege. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
Prayer is our approach to God. We are to come to Him with reverence as our King and yet with bold assurance as our Friend and Counselor.
WHY SHOULD WE PRAY?
A. Prayer reflects our dependence on God. (Genesis 25:19-34)
We must come to an understanding of our total dependence on God – to take everything to Him in prayer, no matter how big or small it may seem. Even then, as Isaac learned, God may decide to withhold his answer for a while to deepen our insight into what we really need, broaden our appreciation for his answers, and allow us to mature so we can use his gifts more wisely.
B. Prayer is far better than complaining to each other. (Exodus 17:1-7)
Having forgotten all that God had done for them, the people of Israel began to complain and doubt God’s ability to provide for them. Complaining only raises our level of stress and becomes divisive. Prayer quiets our thoughts and emotions and prepares us to listen.
C. Prayer can restore relationship with God. (Judges 16:23-31)
One of the effects of sin in our life is to keep us from feeling like praying. But perfect moral behavior is not a condition for prayer. Don’t let guilt feelings over sin keep you from your only means of restoration.