A Suggested Guide to Prayer and Fasting over a Single Meal

(Each of these segments is intended to be around five minutes in duration.)

1. Give praise to the Lord for who He is and what He’s done. You might mediate through passages like Isaiah 40, Isaiah 53, I Chronicles 29:11-13, Psalm 103, Ephesians 1, Philippians 2:5-11, Colossians 1:13-20, Revelation 4, a chapter for each meal you fast.

2. Wait and listen for the “still small voice” of God.

3. Confess sin as the Holy Spirit brings conviction of sin. You might meditate through a few points on the Spiritual Inventory on page 7 below, thanking Him for your strengths and confessing your weaknesses.

4. For each meal you fast, read slowly and deeply through a selected book of Scripture.

5. Worship by singing or listening to Christian music, or by meditating in your heart.

6. Thank the Lord for His goodness and provision in your life. Pray for individuals in the FEC family as He leads.

7. Pray for guidance in our response to Brian’s report on last year’s controversy, to Session’s confession of their role in the controversy, to what we’ll be hearing from Scripture and elsewhere. Pray for unity (not uniformity) in the midst of our differences. Pray that by our Thanksgiving Dinner we will be able to put the past behind us and enter a new chapter.

8. Pray for guidance as we make decisions about our future. Pray especially for the Transition Team and the Search Committee, and for Staff, Session and the congregation, as in different ways we will all be working together.

9. Pray for FEC’s next pastor and for the process of finding him.

10. Pray for others, such as friends, relatives, etc.

11. Lift up personal petitions. What does the Lord need to do in your own life?

12. Wait and listen for the Lord.

13. Close by giving praise and worship to the Lord.

If you don’t have an hour, you might consider an abbreviated approach:

Breakfast: Take a few minutes for worship, praise and heart preparation through reading

Scripture and prayer. Include confession of sin and listening to God in His Word and

silence. Select a book of Scripture in advance to read, or use a passage from 1 above.

Lunch: Take a few minutes to intercede for the Church and its ministries, especially for

1) guidance in our response to Brian’s report on last year’s controversy and for what the

congregation will be hearing from other parties, and 2) guidance as we make decisions

about our future, culminating in with a new senior pastor. Pray for the Transition Team,

the Search Committee, for Staff, Session and the congregation, as in different ways they

will work together.

Dinner: Take a few minutes to intercede for your family, for friends and other personal issues.