October 24, 2020 | IFA Staff
As intercessors, fasting is likely a familiar discipline to you. It is a spiritual tool created by God, used by Jesus, and empowered by the Holy Spirit! As we approach this watershed moment in our nation, the election that undoubtedly is a fork in the road for the future of our country, many groups, churches, and pastors are calling for a fast of some sort, as part of our prayer for the election. Here are two planned fasts you can participate in as you are led.
Franklin Graham’s Call to Fast for the Nation–October 25
“Today, our nation is at a critical juncture. We need to call out to God for His help, His intervention, and His mercy. It is only by His hand that America will survive and be able to thrive again. We have an election coming up with so much at stake—two vastly different directions for the future of this country. This not only affects us but our children and our grandchildren.
“And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord” (2 Chronicles 20:3-4).
I am urging followers of Jesus Christ to fast and to pray for our nation Sunday, October 25. Mark it on your calendars and prepare now. I hope individuals, families, and churches will join me in asking for the Lord’s help and for His will to be done in this critical election. Will you?”
More information here.
Election 2020 Esther Fast–October 31 – November 3
“Gather yourselves together, yes, gather, O nation without shame, before the decree takes effect (the day passes like the chaff) before the burning anger of the Lord comes upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger comes upon you. Seek the Lord, all you humble of the earth who have carried out His ordinances. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger. – Zephaniah 2:1-3
Over the summer, many of us were privileged to join together in an Esther Fast for America. For three days and three nights, believers all over the world went without food, drink or water, interceding with the Father on behalf of our country and her plight. It was a blessed time of renewal, both individually and as a Christian community of saints.
It is now crunch time, Church, and we have one final opportunity to pray and fast together in like manner before the election. We will enter into our time of humility, repentance, and intercession at sundown on Saturday, October 31 (Halloween) as the world begins its celebration of all that is evil, dark, and unholy. But we will conclude our fast at sundown on Tuesday, November 3 (Election Day) with the hope and expectation of the dawning of a new day. I cannot think of a more appropriate time or reason for an Esther Fast, and I hope that you and your circle of believers will all join in.”
More information here.
Disclaimer: of course, as you consider fasting, consult a doctor if necessary.