- Sunday - praying for mercy for the families of George Floyd & Derrick Chauvin.
- Monday - prayer for safety of peaceful protestors and stoppage of violence & looting
- Tuesday - prayer for police officers working in Minneapolis and all over the country with the protests.
- Wednesday - Prayer for our minority groups in White County, especially Oakwood St. and Roberts St. Church of Christ.
- Thursday - Prayer for our local city and county police as they too get affected by the backlash of national displays of unrest.
Here is a great outline on the Biblical Purposes of Fasting found on Bible.Org
1. As a Sign of Sorrow
2. As a Sign of Repentance and Seeking Forgiveness
3. As an Aid in Prayer to God
4. As a Part of Experiencing God’s Presence
6. As Related to Ministry
b. Specific command of God while prophesying (1 Kgs 13:1-22).
c. Suffering for the sake of the gospel (2 Cor 6:5/11:27).
- Clement of Rome shared these thoughts to the Corinthian Church in about 96AD " Almsgiving is therefore good even as penitence for sin; fasting is better than prayer, but the giving of alms is better than both; and love “covers a multitude of sins,” but prayer from a good conscience rescues from death. Blessed is every man who is found full of these things; for almsgiving lightens sin. "
- Polycarp of Smyrna wrote the folliwng words to the Philippian Church in about 108AD "… let us turn back to the word which was delivered to us in the beginning, “watching unto prayer” and persevering in fasting, beseeching the all-seeing God in our supplications “to lead us not into temptation,” even as the Lord said, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
- The Didache (Writing of the Twelve) that originated in the first centrury while John was still alive references fasting three times: for enemies, before baptism, and on different days than the Jews. Here is one reference: Now, the teaching of these words is this: “Bless those that curse you, and pray for your enemies, and fast for those that persecute you. For what credit is it to you if you love those that love you? Do not even the heathen do the same?” But, for your part, “love those that hate you,” and you will have no enemy.