Fast and Pray

Today Christian Aid Ministries will be fasting and praying for the kidnapped missionaries. I’m putting this out there in case you would like to participate.

Personally, I don’t do well with fasting. After a few hours, my body gets shaky and my head feels funny. It’s not low blood sugar because I had that checked. So I just figured I couldn’t participate in biblical fasting. But, during “A Day to Fast and Pray” in 2020, I did some research into fasting and found out that it doesn’t have to be complete abstinence from food and water, nor does it have to be all day.

Both Moses (Deuteronomy 9:18-19, Exodus 34:28) and Jesus (Matthew 4:2) fasted for forty days. King David fasted, having no food or drink (2 Samuel 12:16). However, Daniel gave up “pleasant” food, meat, and wine for three weeks (Daniel 10:3), so it can be fasting from certain foods or pleasures. For more information about Biblical fasting, please read Isaiah 58.

There were a couple of articles where someone spoke to a nun and a priest who were captured by this same gang in April. One of the experiences they shared was that they were given one meal a day. That can be a form of fasting, although it isn’t their choice, and combined with prayer, will strengthen them and draw them closer to God. The April captives did this and said they could feel God’s presence and were comforted.

“Now, therefore,” says the Lord,
“Turn to Me with all your heart,
With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”
Joel 2:12 NKJV

Please join me in praying every hour at ten till the hour for the victims of kidnapping. Pray for the speedy and safe release of the 17 missionaries in Haiti. Pray for the speedy and safe release of all kidnapped victims in Haiti. Pray for an end to these kidnappings, an end to the gang takeovers and violence in that country. Pray that the citizens of Haiti no longer need to live in constant fear. Pray for all kidnapped victims globally. Those who are imprisoned and those who have been released but still suffer from the experience. Pray for God to give wisdom to those in charge. Pray for peace.

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