Each year, we set aside a time for 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting leading up to Easter. Starting February 20 – March 31, 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 and to draw you closer to Him so that His desires are your desires.
The 40 days begins on a Tuesday, 40 days before Easter. This time, we are including eight extra days in our devotional, post-Easter. The sermons each week will be selected from the devotionals for that week and will heighten your understanding of the Passion Week of Jesus. We are using all four gospels in a chronological pattern to give you the full understanding of Jesus’ last week on earth! Our pastors and some of our directors have chosen to write these devotionals for you. I believe you will be encouraged and challenged as you work through the 48 days.
So glad you have chosen to join us in the journey. You are joining hundreds of others who are seeking to draw near to God…and because you are…He promises to draw near to you!
– Pastor Arlie
Ways to Fast
Be as creative as possible in how you will approach the 40 days. 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.