Nehemiah, when hearing the news of God’s judgment on his people, wrote:
“I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. I said, ‘I beseech You, O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You now, day and night.'” (Nehemiah 1:4–6)
Brothers and sisters, we are likewise under God’s judgment. Whether it’s a result of a fallen world (COVID-19), or our fallen natures (another dubious police killing, riots), the fact is that were it not for sin, none of these things would be happening. Even if we have not directly committed an offense against God regarding a pandemic, a police killing, or violent rioting, as Isaiah put it,
“Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips”. (Isaiah 6:5)
As a result of these truths, our presiding bishop, the Most Rev. Foley Beach has called us to fasting and prayer for our country and our world.
If you don’t know how to fast, this simply means setting aside (a) meal time(s) to pray. Push away a dessert and pray. Instead of your morning cup(s) of coffee, pray. Instead of breakfast, lunch, or dinner, pray.
The bishop’s letter gives us direction about how to pray <Call for a Week of Prayer and Fasting>; use his suggestions and then let the Lord lead you further.
Join me in this commitment for the next week!
Your fellow sinner and servant of Jesus,