Fasting and Prayer Day: Monday, May 18th

It’s fasting time again. This coming Monday, May 18th, we’ve set aside to seek Jesus through a day of fasting and prayer.

To join the prayer and fasting day, we ask that you fast and pray too. Obviously for pregnant or nursing moms or those who have health issues who can’t fast, you can choose a different fasting method. Perhaps you’d want to fast from sweets or the computer or whatever.

The fast begins after dinner Sunday evening, the 17th, and ends Tuesday morning, the 19th, at breakfast.

My mom, Teri, will spend the day fasting and praying for specific needs in the lives of ladies.

My dad, Steve, will be praying and fasting with the men.

Single young women and men are encouraged to join too!

These are the sign-up links where we ask for your name, e-mail address, and prayer request.

We will send out a reminder e-mail before the fast day and perhaps one or two during it.

Here are a few testimonies that were shared after the last fast:

This day of fasting has been a tremendous blessing already. Fasting is a relatively new discipline for me, and this is the first time I’ve ever united with others to do it. I really appreciated feeling in solidarity with other moms today. I found myself wondering about each one’s circumstances and whether or not others were finding similar challenges in their day. It is beautiful to be able to turn those thoughts into prayers as I felt moved with love for them and their families. A mom

This time of prayer and fasting has really been valuable to me.  I have learned something about my own heart.  I have been praying for my husband and children, and the Lord is showing me what He wants to work in my heart.  He is humbling me and sanctifying me. He wants me to work on myself while waiting on Him to work in my husband and children. A mom

The fast we did in January really opened our eyes. I fasted specifically to be closer to Christ and for a financial need prior to my wife’s surgery. The very week before her surgery, the amount required up front for the surgery was met to the penny. All we could do was cry and rejoice in what God has provided. We didn’t mention the need to anyone and placed our trust in Him. Thank you for your ministry and your faithfulness to the call. A dad

I want you to know that almost without fail, the more intensely I commit to a matter in prayer (with fasting especially), there are usually two outcomes. The first is that I draw closer to God and He reveals something more of Himself to me: whether through His Word or other people or His Holy Spirit. I always enjoy this sweet time.

The other thing that happens is increased physical struggles. Whether they be at home, at work, or watching others eat food that would be particularly delicious to me … Fasting and prayer intensifies the battles of the flesh to me, sometimes the very things I am praying for seem further out of reach. The occurrences are so predictable that I conclude they must be spiritual, in order to make me quit, lose faith, divert my attention off why I am fasting & praying. It’s a very real battle, this spiritual one, and even though I know it academically, I sometimes flop in battle, not expecting it to come. Though I may not sin during this time, my mind is not on the offensive, like the soldier who after months of training and drilling to prepare for battle, is frozen when bullets are actually flying overhead and there is confusion all around. I want practice and battle hardening so I can not sit in fear being ineffective and unproductive, but pick up my weapons and wield them at the enemy when I am hungry, when I am tired, when nothing is going right, when I don’t feel like praying, when discouraging news hits. I want to have the attitude of Paul where he actually looks forward to these, for the victory is not in himself. “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake:for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 A dad  

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“Call unto me, and I will answer thee,
and shew thee great and mighty things,
which thou knowest not.”
Jeremiah 33:3

3 thoughts on “Fasting and Prayer Day: Monday, May 18th”

  1. By “young women and men”, what age group are you referring to?
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    That’s up to the parents. I wouldn’t think a child. Sometimes a young man or woman will fast a meal, dessert or whatever. It’s up to the family.

  2. Dear Mrs. Maxwell,
    Though we did not get to sign up, I wanted to let you know that my Mom and I participated in the fast. I was really debating whether I would fast or not…but there were some big burdens on my heart and I felt it was the right thing to do (as I had though about fasting and praying about one of the issues anyway). I had a nice time of prayer and my stomach did not bother me as much as it usually does when I fast!! Praise the Lord! I feel at peace, knowing His PERFECT will will be done!

    Joyfully His,
    Alyssa

    Isaiah 26:3,4
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    I had missed seeing you join the fast this time because I think you have done all the others with us. Glad to know you were really with us.
    Teri

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