Each year, we set aside time for 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting during the Fall Season. Starting Tuesday, September 24, and going until Saturday, November 2, this 40-day period is meant for you to draw near to God by building in some new routines and by deleting something from your life that will cause you to think of God more. Fasting is not an attempt to twist God’s arm to make Him do something He doesn’t want to do, but rather an opportunity to heighten your intensity in prayer, to draw you closer to Him so that His desires are your desires, and to find ways to serve those in need as He guides you. Be praying for someone God may want you to witness to over these 40 days, and perhaps invite them to join you for worship online or in person!

Prayer and Fasting materials are available at both campuses outside the Auditorium on Sundays.

*If you aren’t able to be at either of our in-person campuses, please fill out a commitment card below to let us know who you are praying for so we, as a CWC staff & family, can come alongside you for the next 40 days!

Prayer & Fasting Commitment

With the Holy Spirit as my helper, over the next 40 days, I commit to praying for: 1. Who to invite to service 2. The future leadership of our country 3. Those needing a relationship with Jesus 4. The Kingdom impact of Christ Wesleyan Church in the Susquehanna Valley and beyond

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Download and print the digital commitment card (PDF) here.

Ways to Fast

Be as creative as possible in how you will approach the 40 days (September 24 – November 2). Whatever you fast, let the fasting item be a prompt for you to remember to pray. Here are some ways you could fast during the next 40 days:

  • You might consider giving up something for the 40 days

  • Give up something different each week

  • Add some special time-alone-with-God times

  • Add some fresh challenges to your faith

  • Set new goals

  • Food, gum, coffee, sweets, desserts, movies, video games, reading, music, or any number of new ideas that God brings to mind.

8 Benefits of Fasting

  1. Fasting intensifies the desire to pray.

    It turns hunger into a spiritual feast, making our appetite for God’s blessings stronger. The self-discipline of fasting teaches the flesh to yield to the spirit.

  2. Fasting deepens humility.

    Humility is voluntary submission to God’s will. It’s an attitude cultivated by fasting. James 4:7-10 reminds us that those who grieve, mourn and weep before the Lord (all indirect references to fasting) will be lifted up.

  3. Fasting encourages perseverance in prayer.

    Psalm 35:13 says David added fasting to his searching for God “when my prayers returned…unanswered.” There are times when we are tempted to give up asking, but fasting and praying even more would be the appropriate response. Fasting keeps our minds on the spiritual hunger that drove us to start praying and the spiritual thirst that will not let us give up.

  4. Fasting increases our delight in God’s answers.

    “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy,” the psalm writer said (Psalm 126:5).  The greater our sacrifice for a heart’s desire, the greater our satisfaction when it is realized. Fasting does not force God to do what we ask; it prepares us to delight in asking for whatever will please Him most.

  5. Fasting intensifies concentration in prayer.

    It begins with a conscious decision to make prayer a priority-a decision that is usually prompted by specific needs or burdens. The decision to forego food to focus on prayer concentrates more spiritual energy on those needs. Fasting overpowers distractions that Satan uses to keep us from praying.

  6. Fasting amplifies faith.

    Jesus told the drowsy disciples who were supposed to be joining Him in a night of fasting from sleep, “The spirit is willing, but the body is weak” (Matthew 26:41). Victory over the flesh increases our confidence that we will be victorious in spirit.

  7. Fasting creates a new openness to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

    Jesus returned “in the power of the Spirit”: when He had won His forty-day battle of prayer and fasting in the wilderness (Luke 4:14). Fasting is not going without food so much as it is an emptying of ourselves in anticipation of a fresh filling by the Holy Spirit.

  8. Fasting helps drive Satan back from long-held territory.

    Soldiers locked in battle do not stop for coffee breaks, but it seems that Christians involved in spiritual warfare often do. Some life situations are so intense that we dare not give up until we win a clear-cut victory. Because Satan does not surrender to the fainthearted, we should sometimes turn to fasting to keep us fully engaged in the struggle against the foe.