21 Days of Prayer and Fasting
Converge, our affiliated body of churches, has called each of its constituents to pray and fast over a twenty-one day period this January in order to seek God’s leadership in clarifying our identity and mission in the world. This is a good time for us, having just celebrated God’s faithfulness and leadership over 125 years. Now is the time to look to the future, and we need Jesus to lead the way. So Bethel is responding with our own call to our congregation and other supporters to pray and fast over a three week period, starting on Sunday, Jan 7, and ending on Sunday, Jan 28th.
Why prayer and fasting? Throughout Scripture we see God’s people seek him through both prayer and fasting. Fasting is one biblical means of purposefully seeking God which he has acknowledged and answered. Fasting isn’t about earning God’s attention, or just about self-denial, it is about our intention and replacing the blessings we regularly enjoy with meditation on God’s word and intentional prayer. We are remembering, as a body of believers, that “man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Deut 8:3)
We are asking you, Bethel family and friends, to take this on as a personal challenge. Would you consider intentionally praying and fasting for our growth and unity in mission as a church, our ministry to the lost and broken in Mankato, and Converge’s mission to the world? We acknowledge that “unless the Lord bilds the house, the builders labor in vain.”
Intentional prayer and fasting can sound intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be. There are several ways you can engage in prayer and fasting that can fit your individual needs and life. Look for them in the “registration page” below. And please use that page to communicate your commitment to join us. We, the pastoral staff and the Leadership Board, will intentionally pray for you as you pray for our congregation and what Jesus is doing and will do through us in the world.
Please share with us through the church email how God has worked in this time for you and what you feel he has said to you. This will be kept private for the staff unless otherwise stated.
With love and expectant hope,
Pastors Dave, Steve, and HarrisonRegister