Dear Meadowview Family,
As we are in the Middle of Holy Week in the midst of the Coronavirus Crisis in our Country, our denomination (The PCA) has joined with other like-minded denominations in calling their congregations to a Day of Prayer & Fasting on April 10th, Good Friday. As you know Meadowview has been participating in a full array of events and prayer days for the last 2 weeks leading up to Holy Week, which included a 24 hour Prayer Vigil on Tuesday and dedicated moments of prayer the last 2 Thursdays. But, hey, you can never pray too much! Let’s join our brothers and sisters in these Reformed Denominations numbering over 500,000 people in the U.S. in prayer this Friday. Just carve out some time to pray on Good Friday, April 10th specifically for the Lord to Heal our Land and our Hearts from Coronavirus.
As for a call to fasting. I am hesitant to call a Congregation I just became the Pastor of to a day of Fasting without some teaching on it since I’m not sure what people’s understanding are of this Spiritual Discipline. So I want to leave it up to you (as it always would be anyway) whether or not to fast. What I will say with regard to fasting is that Christians don’t fast to get God to do anything. The Gospel is NOT “I do for God, so now God does for me.” That is not Grace. That is how other religions supposedly work. So if you are fasting to show God how diligent you are so he would do something for us, I would ask you not to fast and to rest in Christ’s provision. Fasting is however an aid to us in prayer. You gain remarkable clarity in prayer when you are fasting as you must rely on God’s provision to get you through the time. There is also a Spiritual component to it that we just don’t understand, but we know is there.
Here is the Joint announcement about the Day of Prayer and Fasting from the participating denominations. There are some links to prayer guides and ideas for the day.
Day of Prayer and Fasting, Good Friday, April 10
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11.28)
The whole world is in the throes of a coronavirus pandemic that is spreading death, illness, economic turmoil, unemployment, isolation, panic, and fear. In such desperate times, the people of God should humble themselves and pray to almighty God for his grace, mercy, and love to heal us, restore us, and relieve us from this crushing burden of disease.
In response to the ravages of this historic pandemic, this call for prayer and fasting is a response of Christians across from several denominations. Christians from the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC), the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians (ECO), the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARPC), and the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) have united to pray for God’s mercy and healing.
The Call: For all believers in Christ in the PCA, EPC, ECO, ARPC, and ACNA to set aside Good Friday, April 10, as a day of prayer and fasting to cry out for God’s help in addition to a day of worship.
The goal is for all 650,000 members of these three denominations to participate. Other denominations are aware of the planning for this event and may participate as well.
This notice includes several resources:
- A Guide to Prayer and Fasting by Dr. Richard Pratt, Third Millennium Ministries
- A Suggested Prayer List
- Some Sample Prayers
Please publicize this event and distribute the resources to your membership or network by whatever means you wish. It would be wonderful if the memberships of the PCA, EPC, ECO, ARPC, and ACNA were all united in prayer to God on Good Friday!