Jesus fasted for forty days. Moses fasted Forty days and followed that up with another 40 day fast. Elijah fasted for forty days. Dee Duke is going to fast for 5 days! Yeh! Seems kind of pathetic, my 5 days, but you have to start somewhere. I am doing it in conjunction with our five days of prayer going on right now. There are a number of benefits to fasting, but the one that interests me the most is that when I fast in conjunction with my praying, my praying becomes more powerful and useful to God. God is sovereign over all, but in the midst of His sovereignty we have been given responsibility and authority to do something that matters, and prayer does make a difference, God does work in response to our prayers.
Psalms 106:23 Therefore God said that He would destroy them, had not Moses His chosen one stood in the breach before Him, to turn away His wrath from destroying them.
There are so many people who use God’s sovereignty as an excuse for doing nothing.
Dee, I am considering doing a three day fast every quarter in conjunction with JBC’s five day prayer event. What is the schedule for the five day prayer event? Is it totally predictable, such as it starts on the second Monday of the last month of every quarter? Or does it vary a little bit?
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Robert, It varies. It is usually January, April, September, and December. The main variable are where holidays occur: Easter, Labor Day, and Christmas. January was the last full week of the month. I would watch Dee’s blog or the church’s website jbc.church
I’m grateful for your commitment and the example you set for the rest of us.