Let’s read aloud together the following passage, confession and prayer:
Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”
Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.” (Matthew 9.14-15 NIV)
“What mercy could be greater, so far as we poor wretches are concerned, than that which pulled the Creator down from heaven… so that He, our Bread, would hunger; that He, our fulfillment, would thirst; that He, our strength, would become weak; that He, our Health, would be wounded; that He, our Life, would die? And all this [He did] to satisfy our hunger, moisten our dryness, soothe our infirmity, wipe out our iniquity, kindle our charity. What mercy could be greater…?” (Augustine, Sermon 207)
Prayer: Lord, there is none like you. We are in awe of you. We long for you. We hunger for you. We know you are with us through your Spirit. But we want more of you. Consume us. Heart, soul, mind and strength—entirely for you. May we follow your Spirit into times of fasting—moving with the move of God. We trust that our abstinence will lead to abundance—abundance of your presence, power and revelation. We believe our subtraction will lead to supernatural, exponential increase. All for your glory, Lord! In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s sing “Waiting Here for You” by Martin Smith (click here)