Lent | Prayer & Fasting
Good Friday (April 2, 2021)
Invitation from Nichole Sangha, Executive Pastor:
On Good Friday, we remember Christ’s crucifixion. We invite you to observe Good Friday as a day of prayer and fasting, as Christians have done for millennia. This fast is somber, a space to grieve that our Lord and King suffered so intensely and to lament that our sin brings such pain and sorrow. It is also a fast of hope and longing, as we remember the powerful prophetic reality behind Christ’s crucifixion:
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:14–17 (ESV)
We are going to dedicate our Good Friday fast to those who have not yet believed. Please join with me to pray for those who need the saving love of God that was poured out on the cross.
You are invited to join us by fasting and gathering with us at the times below:
- 7:30AM | Morning Prayer on Zoom (link below)
- 12:00PM | Midday Prayer on Zoom (link below)
- 12:45PM-1:30PM | Opportunity for Confession (Click link below to view list of prayer ministers.)
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“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).