Called to Fast in this time of crisis

Time and time again in times of personal and national crisis, we are shown in the Word of God that God’s leaders called the people of God to fast (Judges 20:26; I Samuel 7:6; Ezra 8:21; Nehemiah 1:4; 9:1; Esther 4:3, 15; Daniel 9:3; Joel 1:14; 2:12, 15; Jonah 3:5; Matthew 17:21).  If there was ever a time in our generation for such a call it is most certainly NOW.  So, in the Spirit of that precedent and with a spirit of humility before God, I humbly call you to fast with us.  Let’s fast from eating together for at least 12 hours, Midnight to Noon, [more if you are led and are in the health to do so (please consult your doctor if there is any question in your mind)]. Of course, please be led by The Spirit as to the nature of your fast, but be sure that it is indeed led by The Spirit and it is something so integral to your life, like food, that you truly feel the impact of the void that it leaves.  This is not time to fast something that is just “healthy eating” like sweets, rather something of substance in your diet or lifestyle.

While what you give up during a fast is important and you should feel that “void” in your schedule and stomach, it is what you take on in filling that “void” that matters most.  Namely, we ought to fill that time and space with time with the Lord in the form of disciplines like: prayer, praise, worship, study of God’s Word, or generosity of time or talents and witnessing to the glorious gospel of a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. God through the prophet in Isaiah 58 sets the standard for fasting and I urge you to read it and meditate upon its implications for your life as we enter this season together.  Also, I exhort you to keep in mind the standard that The Lord Jesus set in Matthew 6:16-18.

If we answer this call to fasting and seeking the Lord, then we can expect all of the promises of God that He has said and has demonstrated in times past on behalf of those who respond accordingly in times of crisis to the praise of His glory in Christ Jesus.

“If My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves, and prayer and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

II Chronicles 7:14

Please check back as I plan to post “DEVOTIONS” to add to your own personal times with the Lord to help unify us through this season (see link below and on the HOME page).

Thank you for your openness and responsiveness to the call of The Spirit in this hour. For “we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

With Love and Shalom in Christ,

Pastor Don

a time to repent and lament

“Thank you” to all of you who are persisting with humility while fasting during this

generation-shaping moment in time. 


As we consider the various implications of our current crisis, including the nature and timing of it, one of the providential aspects of it is how it is occurring during the traditional weeks of Lent.  This ought to serve as heightening the levels of meditation and reflection on our sins that called for the sacrifice that only Jesus the Christ could make and adequately be the “propitiation” or payment for (Romans 3:25; Hebrews 2;17; I John 2:2, 4:10).  While there is nothing on our part that we can do to add or detract from what Jesus accomplished in His death, burial and Resurrection, being intentional about listening for The Spirit’s leading, and aligning our hearts and minds with the will of God is perhaps the most fruitful and fulfilling discipline that we can do in any season or stage in our lives!  And, especially in this season of providential refinement, as we press into The Lord, Who is Holy, for guidance and grace, we must be sure to continue to press on with a “broken spirit and contrite heart” in the face of this harbinger of a time that we are in. 


“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart—

These, O God, You will not despise.”

Psalm 51:17


While we indeed believe “that God works all things together for good for those who love God, those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28), and that the entry of The Resurrection (that I wrote of previously) came in The Word Who “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14), we must allow the work of repentance and lamentation to be complete in us as we wait on the Lord.

“Let us search out and examine our ways,
And turn back to the Lord;
Let us lift our hearts and hands
To God in heaven.”

Lamentations 3:40, 41


Therefore, let us each individually and all collectively seek The Lord as to what form and substance the repentance He is calling us to is to take place.  Let us not neglect in this season to humble ourselves in repentance, not only for our personal contributions, but for the contributions of our families, The Body of Christ, our nation and the world to this predicament that has manifested in our generation.  Not merely because of the viral pestilence that has impacted every dimension of our society, but the increased distance and decreased deference to God that has “gone viral” in our day.

Recall how recently much of the nation lamented the death of a sports star. And, while his death was indeed a tragedy and warranted sadness, it pales in comparison to the tragic and widespread loss of righteousness in our dealings with God, His Word and His Spirit.  How much more ought we to mourn and repent of our generational waywardness before God under so grievous of consequences that no doubt come from human sin –  “lovers of (self), lovers of money, boast(ing), proud, blasphem(ing), disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slander(ing), without self-control, brutal, despis(ing) of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power” (II Timothy 3:2-5).

.  What drives our lamentation in this hour?  Are we lamenting conveniences? Toilet paper? Lines at the store? Availability of luxuries? Freedoms that we have squandered, as James says, “on (our) pleasures” (James 4:3)?!

“Is it not from the mouth of The Most High that woe and well-being proceed?

Why should a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?”

Lamentations 3:3:38, 39


It is certainly appropriate to lament the loss of lives, but it is much more urgent that we be lamenting the root of that which robs us of life…the sin that distances us from Life Himself and from hearing and obeying His will that is established for our well-being and good.

To those who may think this harsh, unsympathetic or lacking compassion, consider again Biblical precedent.  Were the prophets of old uncaring in calling for the nation of Israel’s repentance in times of national downturn or defeat?  Certainly not!  Their obedience to The Spirit and calling out the root of the problem was a clarion call of “one crying in the wilderness” (Isaiah 40:3; Luke 3:4; John 1:23) that time and time again made the way for deliverance and salvation to come.  Without hearing this call, a people and nations are left writhing in the consequences, looking for mere temporal solutions and groping for understanding about its origins, meaning and how to prevent it again by human means.  And, lest anyone turn to quickly to Job, let us first consider that “all our righteousness is as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).  Certainly, by faith we are “the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:22), but have we been living that reality fully in our relationship to God, one another as a people or to the world which we are called to lead to Christ?  I can speak for myself, I most certainly have not lived out His righteousness to the fullest.


Are we not facing a downturn and devastation that reaches around the globe? Even if the numerical devastation is lessened the global response is of Biblical proportions. Yet even as we face this stark reality, the glorious and hope-filled promises of God ring true again and again in Scripture.  None more clear than in I Chronicles 7:14 and I John 1:9 (respectively).


“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”


If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


These conditional statements give us strong consolation that, “if” we turn our hearts to God, He will forgive and heal our land.  May we as the people of God, so persist humbly through this waiting “until the day dawns and the morning star rises in (our) hearts” (II Peter 1:19), and lead those who have never turned to God in Christ into everlasting deliverance in Him.


Pressing into God with you,


Pastor Don