Article by Jake LeFave
As has become our annual rhythm, this year we’ll begin 2022 by taking the first week to pray and fast together as a church. Just recently, in the story of Anna from Luke 2, we were reminded of how prayer and fasting work together to increase our desire and hope in Jesus. Recognizing that fasting may be new to some of you, I recently wrote briefly on the “who, why, and how” of fasting here.
The week of prayer and fasting involves both private and public components. Privately, The Lord might be leading you to fast and pray in specific ways. You should be attentive to this! Publicly, or corporately, there are three ways in which you can engage with our week of prayer and fasting.
- First, you can join us each morning from 7:00-7:30 A.M. on Zoom for a time of morning prayer. Each morning will be led by a different Christ City East Van team member as they guide us through different themes. Click here to access that meeting.
- Second, you can join us on Tuesday, January 4th from 7:00-8:15 P.M. at Famee Furlane for an Evening of Prayer and Worship. Please make sure you register both yourself and any children here.
- Finally, we’ve created a Week of Prayer and Fasting Family Guide which you can pick up on Sunday morning. For those with kids, this is a great way to intentionally teach them about prayer and why we do it. If you’d like a digital copy, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In my experience, our annual week of prayer and fasting is quite significant for us as a church. I will often have pastoral conversations with members who will remark that God spoke to them in a profound way during this time. Not only is it personally significant, but this week is central to the work we hope to see Jesus accomplish in East Vancouver as he loves to use a dependent, weak, and needy people to accomplish his glorious purposes in the world.
So, let me encourage you, don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Begin asking The Lord today how He wants you to pray and fast during this week. Talk to other people about their experience. I, for one, am excited to see how God will show up.