Thursday, April 9, 2020

Easter Week 2020--Day of Fasting

The Gospels of Matthew (17:14-21) and Mark (9:14-29) both describe an incident in which Jesus' disciples were confronted with a boy possessed of a spirit. Though they tried to cast it out, they were unsuccessful. After Jesus made the boy whole, His disciples asked, "Why could we not cast it out?" The Lord replied, "This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting."

This past weekend Russell M. Nelson, President and Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, called for a worldwide fast on Good Friday, April 10. The purpose of this day of prayer and fasting to ask that:
  • the present pandemic will be controlled,
  • caregivers will be protected,
  • the economy strengthened,
  • and life normalized.

Anybody, of any faith, is invited to join voices and faith in this day of fasting and prayer. This is my friendly extension of this invitation to any who would like to participate tomorrow.

1 Corinthians 7:5

5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

Daniel 9:3

3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

Isaiah 58:6

6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

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