Prayer & Fasting

40 Days of Prayer & Fasting

September 22 – October 31, 2022

 

Our time at 640 W Irving Park is drawing to a close. As we wait and discern our next steps, we are drawing near to God through a 40-day season of prayer, and you are invited to participate! We are asking God not only to provide a place for our gathered worship, but also to renew and deepen our calling as a “spiritual beacon” church. All are invited to join us.

 The 40 days are from September 22 through October 31, but mark your calendar for three specific days for church-wide fasting and prayer gatherings:

  • Thursday, September 22, 2022
  • Tuesday, October 11, 2022
  • Monday, October 31, 2022

Each Day of Prayer will include these gatherings:

 

  • MIDDAY PRAYER: A Midday Prayer gathering on Zoom from 12PM-12:30PM. (You can find meeting link below.)
  • PRAYER & WORSHIP: An evening gathering for prayer and worship from 7:30PM-8:30PM at Immanuel’s Ministry Center. (4619 N Ravenswood Ave. Ste. 303B)

Zoom Meeting Link

NOTE: When you log on, make sure your username is up to date. We will only permit names we recognize to join these calls.

Fasting

“The birthplace of Christian fasting is homesickness for God.” (John Piper)

Why do we fast?  We do not fast as an effort to earn our standing before God, but as an active concrete movement into our deepest longings. Our yearning for salvation in God moves to the forefront of our lives and hungers when we fast.  It deepens and sharpens our prayers as we bring all our hopes for this life and the next into the presence of our loving God.

“I naturally fear physical discomfort. Yet spiritual numbness is far worse. I don’t want to miss out on the experience of being weak and dependent and thus spiritually alive in Christ.” (Aaron Damiani, “The Good of Giving Up”)

As we abstain from food, we proclaim with our bodies our poverty of spirit; as we supplant our regular mealtimes with times of gathered prayer, we get in touch with our world’s deepest hunger: to be filled with more of God (Matt 5:3-6).