As many of you know, the members and the Elder Council are facing important decisions about Apostles Downtown. Yet something more urgent than that drives our call to these 40 days: to humbly assess, in Gospel assurance, the current state of our personal relationship with the Lord. We believe the only fitting response for our church is to set aside 40 days to humble ourselves before the Lord – seeking Him through His Word, through devoted times of prayer, fasting and repentance, both personally and corporately.
How to Participate
- Confess and repent of all known sin (1 John 1:9, Acts 2:38; 3:19-21, Isaiah 6:5).
- Devote no less than two periods of your day to personally seek the Lord in Scripture reading, prayer and worship (Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:2, 2 Timothy 1:3).
- Listen to and obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30, Romans 8:14, Acts 20:22).
- Join our church-wide initiatives of prayer and fasting to seek Him together (Acts 13:1-4, Matthew 9:14-15, Esther 4, Jonah 3:5-6).
- Day Fast Wednesdays & Sundays + Noontime Prayer Call (12pm – 12:30pm; sign up below to receive dial in)
- Pre-Service Prayer, Sundays (4:15pm – 4:50pm, past the Main Sanctuary)
- 14-Day Fast starting on Monday, 10/28
- Mid-week Evening Prayer & Worship (details to be provided)
New To Fasting?
If you haven’t explored the spiritual discipline of fasting, or are unsure, check out these resources below. Additionally, consider how you define your fast, which simply means going without. You can fast from solid foods, relying on juices and smoothies. You can fast fully from food and have only water during the fast period. Or even fast from entertainment or social media.
- An Interview with Pastor John Piper on Why We Fast
- Why Do Christians Fast?
- Fasting For Beginners
- Free PDF of the book A Hunger for God
Prayer Prompts During Your Fast
During your fast, try to set aside two times of prayer a day (perhaps during the time you would have been eating breakfast and lunch!). As you pray, bring the following before the Lord:
- We lack God’s presence in our lives – and we just want Him, more than anything
- We confess the sin of idolatry and flippancy toward Him – and seek repentance
- We feel incapable of living the Christian life victoriously – we need His Holy Spirit
- We want God to make us a bold witness for His kingdom advance – not ours
- We confess the sins and failures of the church of the past, whatever we know and don’t know – her shepherds, leaders and decisions made – that we choose to forgive where we must forgive and that we thank God for still having used Apostles for the good of many, no longer allowing our corporate past to hinder her future
A Word of Exhortation from Pastor Chris:
We do not engage in any one of these commitments for the sake of doing them. As if they are nothing more than external, self-glorifying transactions just to say we did it. That would be an utter travesty before our Lord, and practically speaking, a complete waste of time! During these 40 days, we wholeheartedly participate in such manner because we collectively sense a deep call within the depths of our hearts to cry out to God in this particular season of our church life at Apostles Downtown. This is our only appropriate response. To cry out to the heavenly Father who does not withhold the good gift of the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him. To experience afresh his deep abundant love as His adopted sons and daughters. That in his perfect and sovereign timing He might grant us a fresh outpouring of His Holy Spirit. That we might be set ablaze to glorify Jesus Christ and advance His Kingdom and the will of His Father. That we might boldly testify and watch the Spirit demonstrate to our watching world – to our neighbors, co-workers and non-believing friends – that our God is alive, that His Son is Jesus, that the Gospel of the Kingdom is His divine message, that this Kingdom has arrived, and that there must be a fitting response of repentance and faith to the One who is worthy of our praise.