We believe in the
power of prayer

“Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free and break every yoke?”

-Isaiah 58:6
Do you have a heart for America? This country was founded on godly values, sacrifice, despair, and suffering; and its founders and early citizens sought to live in accordance with biblical principles. The escape from England in search for freedom to worship Jesus without persecution of government was a risk.

Sadly, today's Americans seem interested in moving away from those values and principles, seeking to solve their own problems and chase after selfish dreams on their own, leaving God forgotten. If this nation is to ever return to its biblical roots, it is going to require Christians to pray and many more churches to fast on its behalf and to beg God to not turn us over to a reprobate mind (Romans 1).

Fasting is the deliberate abstinence from some form of physical gratification for a period of time in order to achieve a greater spiritual kingdom goal. Fasting usually involves setting aside food, although we can fast from any physical appetite. Another thing we could fast from are the hours we spend watching television, social media, or internet trolling and scrolling. The idea is to devote the time we would ordinarily spend on these activities to prayer and waiting before the Lord.

According to Isaiah 58:4, the purpose of fasting is “to make your voice heard on high.” If we want to experience spiritual breakthrough for ourselves, we need to get God’s attention.

But this practice is not limited to just individuals; collective fasting holds similar effectiveness for churches, communities, or nations seeking their own breakthrough.

There are two reasons we need to fast for our nation. First, Satan seeks our destruction. Second, we need protection from evil people who are being used by Satan to carry out his agenda. Therefore, when we engage in a fast together as a church, we will begin the process of becoming equipped to fortify and strengthen our great land against our spiritual enemy. Through a collective time of fasting and praying, we are appealing to a greater Power; and we know that He (God) has the ability to rearrange circumstances.

Starting on September 25th, City United Church will be praying and fasting for spiritual breakthrough for our nation and our leaders. We are asking you to pray for national revival, which will take more church members and attenders engaged in the sacrificial act of fasting and committed to bringing the nation to its spiritual knees before Almighty God. We will be using Dr. Elmer Towns’ new digital guide to 40 days of prayer and fasting. Below you will find the link to download this document to guide you in prayer and fasting for the coming election on November 3, 2020.  America needs to get back to its original foundation of law and order, Jesus Christ.  

I would like you to let me know that you are going to pray and that you have downloaded the guide so that I can let Dr. Towns know how many people are using it. This will be a great encouragement to him.

Daily Reading Guide

Each day you will be reading from a devotional by Dr. Elmer Towns, one of the co-founders of Liberty University. It includes a guide to fasting and daily devotionals
Dr. Elmer L. Towns is Dean Emeritus of the School of Religion and Theological Seminary at Liberty University, which he co-founded in 1971 with Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr. in 1971. He teaches the Pastor’s Bible Class at Thomas Road Baptist Church each Sunday, which is televised on a local network and Angel One. Dr. Towns has been a popular Sunday school teacher and college and seminary professor for decades. He is well-remembered as a popular professor at Liberty University, where his students have always been fond of his personable teaching style, full of wit and wisdom. He is a Gold Medallion Award-winning author of the Christian Bookseller Association’s (CBA) 1995 Book of the Year, The Names of the Holy Spirit. Ten of his more than 100 books are listed as CBA best sellers and several are adopted as college textbooks. While he has earned many academic and professional titles, Dr. Town’s most prized titles are husband, father, grandfather… and child of God the Father.

Prayer and Fasting Facts

During the 40 Days of Prayer, we encourage fasting as a spiritual next step that can bring clarity and revelation into your life. You can also choose to fast at other times of the year as you seek God.

Complete Fast

In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

Selective Fast

This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.

Partial Fast

This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.

Soul Fast

This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.

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