This is a time of prayer and fasting for
the St. Luke MBC family. Pastor Pate wants us to be reminded that the church-wide fast will begin Friday, March 29 and continue through Good Friday, April 19. He is asking that all members
participate and that we take this time of prayer and fasting seriously. In the Bible, we are told that some things can occur, be changed, and/or be done away with only by prayer and fasting (Matt. 17:21, Mark 9:29). This lets us know that the things that we have worked on without success must be lifted
before the throne of God in prayer and we must deny ourselves some of the comforts, to which we have become accustomed, as we sacrificially seek His face and intervention into our
As we consider the time and the need for this fast,
we are asked to make seeking God's will for our lives and the lives of our loved ones and friends, our church, our nation, and our world first and foremost during our prayer times. Decide on a
habit or item you will give up during the next 21 days; it may be a favorite food, time in front of the TV, social media, clothes/shoes shopping trips, spending on a hobby or the hobby itself, etc.
to seek God's will all the more. During your prayer times, ask God for those things you need to see changed in your life or blessings that are needed in the situation(s).
Additionally, cover the following concerns during your prayer times:
- St. Luke MBC's leadership
- Greater commitment to God
- St. Luke ministries/auxiliaries will actively pursue ministry work and seek
opportunities to share the gospel and do good works
- Faithful stewardship of every member
- Pastor Pate
- St. Luke MBC's Rebuilding Process
- Youth & Young Adult involvement in worship & church
- Stronger families
- Other requests as the Holy Spirit directs you
With that said, here are eating guidelines which
should be observed during our upcoming days of prayer and fasting, as a united body of believers:
- No Fried Foods
- No Sugar - Stevia is a plant-based sweetener and is allowed during the
fast; other alternative sweeteners should be avoided during the fast; No foods with sugar as an ingredient (read the nutrition label)
- Avoid Starches & Pasta such as rice, bread, noodles, etc.; these turn
to sugar during the digestive process
- Water Only - No sodas, teas, lemonades, juices, carbonated or
artificially-sweetened water, etc.
- Meat & Seafood (broiled, boiled, grilled or
- Vegetables (green, leafy, fresh or frozen; read the nutrition label on
canned goods to ensure that sugar has not been added)
- Fresh fruit (packaged fruits may have sugar)
REMEMBER! During the last 3 days of the fast, skip one meal each day for a greater breakthrough!
What better time than the Lenten Season to experience the Lord in a magnificent way: the time when God's only sinless Son was preparing for His
greatest sacrifice -- his death for our salvation. We cannot begin to match His sacrifice, but God will see our sacrifice, hear our prayers, and gloriously bless us. Stand united in
faith as we trust and expect our God to do great things in response to our sacrifices and prayers.