Prayer and Fasting at PCC
“To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.” – Karl Barth
For the remainder of 2021, PCC will hold monthly days of prayer and fasting, engaging the ancient rhythms of regular times of prayer and fasting as a congregation, much like the early church practiced. (Acts 13:1ff.) These are not mandated by Scripture or by your church leaders here. Fasting should be freely engaged, as the Spirit leads you, not in any way to earn God’s favor or gain his attention, but because you have these things already, and because you want to know and enjoy him more deeply and find his wisdom and direction more clearly. Join in as the Lord leads you! These monthly spaces can connect us with God and each other as members of Christ’s body in beautiful, lasting ways, and can lead to renewed faith and repentance in Christ and new outbreaks of his kingdom blessing.
Recommendations for Prayer and Fasting
- consuming only water for the full day
- abstaining from one meal
- abstaining from a particular indulgence (eg. social media, television) and redeeming that time and energy for the purposes of prayer
- consider keeping a journal of the day, as a way to process your thoughts, and as a way to memorialize the things that God may teach you
- please, finally, consider inviting a partnership for accountability and reflection with another person, perhaps a fellow member of your Community Group
Scripture Themes – April 2 (Good Friday)
for us he was unto thee both the Victor and the Victim, and therefore Victor, because he was the Victim for us he was unto thee both the Priest and the Sacrifice, and therefore the Priest, because he was the Sacrifice …I meditate upon the price of my redemption
Spend the morning hour in confession and repentance, reflecting upon the personal implications of the suffering and death of Jesus. In confession and repentance, acknowledge that ‘it was our sin that held him there.’ Remember the love of Jesus, expressed in his suffering for you. Reflect and journal around this question: how can I, this day, more fully surrender to Jesus’ love, expressed in his suffering?
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
– I Peter 2:21-24
“Learn to know Christ and him crucified. Learn to sing to him, and say, ‘Lord Jesus, you are my righteousness, I am your sin. You have taken upon yourself what is mine and given me what is yours. You have become what you were not so that I might become what I was not’”
– Martin Luther
Out of his great grief, this bereaved father said, ‘The Christian life is lived in between – in between My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? and Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.’
– Fleming Rutledge
‘the impossible union
Of spheres of existence is actual,
Here the past and future
Are conquered, and reconciled’
– TS Eliot
Spend the afternoon hour in worship and wonder, reflecting upon the cosmic implications of the suffering and death of Jesus. Remember his trust in the Father, expressed in his obedience and resolve. Reflect and journal around this question: how can I follow in the way of Jesus, trusting God in steps of obedience?
…Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.
– Hebrews 2:9-10
For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first he must suffer many things and be rejected…
– Luke 17:24-25
“No one can do again what Christ did.”
– Flannery O’Connor
“No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
– Jesus, in John 10:18
Spend the evening engaging with our worship service, 6:30pm at Samohi
Forthcoming Days of Prayer and Fasting
- May 6
- June 3
- July 1