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48-Hours of Prayer and Fasting for the Twin Cities

48-hours

48-Hours of Prayer and Fasting for the Twin Cities

Sunday, May 31 at 6:00pm - Tuesday, June 2 at 6:00pm

The fallout from the senseless death of George Floyd continues to crash on the shores of the Twin Cities. As followers of Jesus, it's crucial at this moment that we cling to the truth that through prayer and fasting we can plead with God to push back the darkness that is flooding our cities and our nation.

For many of us, facing the reality that America still has a race problem is probably uncomfortable. But the response of Jesus' church should be uncomfortableness about the injustice in our country. Let's cry out for justice, for the end of racism in our hearts, communities, and country, and the vindication of the innocent and the punishment of the guilty. Let's take our griefs, sorrows, and our righteous anger to our God and trust him to move during this situation. Let's pray that the outcome of this moment in time is a rising up of Jesus' churches to declare the gospel and see revival come to the brokenness of our cities, our state, and our country! 

 

Pray for the Twin Cities and our Nation

  • Pray for Unbelievers to Be Saved. Pray that people’s hearts will be opened to repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Savior in these times of fear and turmoil. Pray that every person in the Twin Cities and beyond will be able to hear the gospel and the Word of God in their native language (Matt. 9:37–38, 24:14; Rom. 10:1; 2 Peter 3:9; Acts 26:18).
  • Pray for a National Spiritual Awakening. Pray that Jesus will revive the Church and awaken our nation to His greatness and supremacy. Pray that God will pour out His Spirit on America, forgive our sin, and heal our land. Pray that millions of Americans will be convicted by the Holy Spirit, repent of their sins, and turn to God with all their hearts (2 Chron. 7:14; Dan. 9:18–19; Ps. 85:6; Hab. 3:2; Acts 2:37–41).
  • Pray for Racial Reconciliation. Pray that God will heal our nation of racism and that God will use the Church to stand against racial conflict, violence, and prejudice. The Church must lead the way in racial reconciliation by modeling love and respect for every person regardless of the color of their skin or their ethnic background (Rom. 10:12–13, Gal. 3:28, Acts 10:28, 34–35, John 7:24, 1 John 2:9, James 2:9, Rev. 7:9).
  • Pray for Families. Pray that Jesus will heal, restore, and strengthen every marriage and family. Pray that the hearts of parents will be turned toward their children to love them and raise them in a God-honoring way. Pray that children will respect and obey their parents (Gen. 2:24; Josh. 24:15; Ps. 127:3–5; Mal. 4:6; Eph. 5:22-33, 6:1–4).
  • Pray for Life to Be Valued and Protected. Pray for God to break the culture of death in America and restore a culture of life. From birth to the grave, we as a country devalue the reality of people being made in the image of God. Pray for our country to value the beauty of humanity in all its wonderfully diverse realities. All life, from birth to the grave, no matter what race, is beautiful in God’s sight. (Ps. 139:13–16; Jer. 1:5; Prov. 24:11; Deut. 21:8–9).
  • Pray for Local and National Government Leaders. Pray that God will give them the wisdom to make wise decisions and to govern with integrity, justice, and mercy (1 Tim. 2:1–2; Rom. 13:1; 1 Peter 2:17; Titus 3:1–2; Micah 6:8).
  • Fodder for other ways to pray.

Pray for Christians living in Minneapolis and St. Paul

  • Pray for their personal safety and protection.
  • Pray for the peace of Christ to dwell richly with them as they endure the temptations to fear and anxiety with the violence all around them. 
  • Pray for the Lord’s provision in physical needs. Many of these folks have lost their neighborhood grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, etc.  
  • Pray for them to have gospel opportunities with their neighbors--may they faithfully declare Christ as the peace to whom they hold in the midst of the turmoil. 

Pray for our Twin Cities Gospel Coalition partner churches in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

  • Pray that the church would have great confidence in God’s Word and the gospel. 
  • Pray that they would fear God and not man.
  • Pray that they would be emboldened by the work of the Holy Spirit to proclaim the gospel in word and deed for the glory of God. 
  • Pray that their leaders would be given the wisdom, discernment, and compassion of Christ to care for the members of the church and their communities.
  • Pray for a strengthening of partnership amongst all the Twin Cities Gospel Coalition churches--that God would use us together to be agents of change for justice in the Twin Cities.  
  • Fodder for other ways to pray.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FASTING

What is fasting?

Fasting is abstaining from something voluntarily, often fasting means abstaining from food for a period of time. Biblical, fasting has a threefold purpose as described by John Calvin: 1. To weaken and subdue our flesh, 2. that we may be better prepared to hear from God as we pray and meditate upon His Word, 3. to recognize our dependence upon God. (Institutes, Book 4/ Chapter 12)

 

Why should I fast?

It is incredibly easy to make good things and gifts of God into idols. We can ascribe more worth to food or something else that is a gift of God than we do to God. Fasting reminds us of our weakness and dependence upon God. It calls us to turn back to Him in prayer and meditation on His Word, and it leads us to hear from God. Fasting is seen throughout the Scriptures and is a regular practice of the early church as they fast and pray for the Holy Spirit’s leading and the glory of Christ among the nations.  

 

I have never fasted, do you have any tips for fasting?

Remember, fasting is about preparing ourselves to hear from God, recognizing our dependence on Him, and to beat down the demands of the flesh. It is not about us earning merit before God. Your merit before God is not based on how well you do in this season of fasting, but always upon the work of Christ for you.  

 

  1. Stay hydrated, drink as much water as possible.
  2. If you start to feel faint, try drinking some fruit juice or a smoothie (apple juice, orange juice, etc).  
  3. Consult a doctor before participating in a fast if you have a medical condition.
  4. Expect your energy level to be lower than normal the day you fast.
  5. Press through in the times of hunger.  Pressing on can lead us to remember our idols of comfort.   

 

I can’t fast from meals medically or other reasons, are there other ways I can participate in this corporate fast?

Although in the Bible fasting refers to abstaining from food, fasting from social media, tv, a certain kind of food, coffee, or something else is a great way to participate if you cannot fast from food.  Abstaining from something that you normally consume is a way to join in this fast.