A Day to Fast and Pray: Saturday, April 18
Like many of you, we have been grieved and at times felt afraid as we’ve watched events unfold in our world in recent weeks. In light of what is happening because of COVID-19, we are following in The Gospel Coalition’s example and inviting you to join us for a day to fast and pray this Saturday, April 18.
We want to pray to the Lord in faith, trusting in the words of Psalm 10:17: “O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear.”
Why a Day of Prayer and Fasting?
Billions across the world have watched with dread as COVID-19 continues to spread—infecting hundreds of thousands and greatly disrupting the lives of most of the world’s population. Much has already been lost, and the uncertainty of what more can be lost—and when it will stop—leaves people deeply anxious. For many, the scariest feeling of all is helplessness.
But we worship a mighty and sovereign God who is not helpless. We cry out to him in our distress because he is steadfast and unchanging—a mighty refuge in a world of storms. We pray because, as the apostle Paul says in Philippians 4:6, we ought not be anxious about anything, “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
And why fast as well? As David Kakish writes, “It acknowledges our weakness and reliance on God’s strength as we wait for him to intervene.” So, we fast because it clarifies our pleas as we desperately seek God’s help.
Finally, I believe a day to fast and pray can provide a unifying opportunity for Christians around the world—especially in these days of “distancing” and heightened scattering. We hope this gathering will encourage and bolster the faith of believers everywhere.
What Are We Going to Do?
Our day to fast and pray will have three primary prayer times, with guided prayers for each segment. Our team updated The Gospel Coalition’s prayer companion booklet for our event (view online or download PDF) to help guide you through the day.
Morning Prayer: Personal Prayer
We encourage you to spend Saturday morning in personal prayer, focused around Psalm 27.
Midday Prayer: Community Prayer
We hope you will spend this time praying with others in your community—perhaps your family around the kitchen table, or maybe your church small group or friends on a video call.
Evening Prayer: Online Prayer and Worship
During this one-hour prayer time on Facebook, various brothers and sisters, pastors and ministry leaders, as well as members of our worship team, will help guide us through a unifying moment of corporate prayer and worship. You can pray with us, share your own prayer requests, and pray for others’ requests in the comments section.
The details of the fast are up to you. Perhaps you choose to go without one or two meals on Saturday, breaking the fast at dinner. Maybe you fast from something other than food. Choose something that works for you and your family. If you’re new to fasting, this resource can help you begin.
When Will It Take Place?
This Saturday, April 18. The evening prayer time will be broadcast on our Facebook page at 6:00pm.