Prayer & Fasting for Congo

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, January 29-31

12-1 p.m. | Parlor

7:30-8:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall (Mon.), Sanctuary (Tue. & Wed.)

Our friend and brother, David Kasali, with our Deep Common Journey partner Congo Initiative in Beni, Congo (DRC) has invited us to join with the larger Congo Initiative community in three days of prayer and fasting for the nation of Congo.  Many of you are aware of the crisis in Congo since December 2016 when the president of the DRC refused to step down at the end of his term as president.  Since then violence and chaos have threatened to engulf this nation once again.

Our elders at Blacknall are encouraging us to join with our brothers and sisters in prayer and fasting.  You are invited to join together with others in prayer or to pray on your own.  People will gather to pray at Blacknall over the lunch hour and in the evenings Monday-Wednesday.

Please read the letter that David Kasali sent asking us to pray and fast. We are invited to fast not because it makes our prayers more effective (Jesus has accomplished that already). We fast because it creates more time and space for us to pray. We fast because it connects our physical bodies to our prayer. Our bodies remind us to pray and remind us that we “do not live by bread alone.” Our bodies remind us how much we need the Lord and how our spirits long and hunger for “thy Kingdom come.”  David Kasali suggests various ways we might fast, including:

  • No food or drink (Esther 4:15-16)
  • Omit a specific meal while drinking water or juice
  • Refrain from certain types of foods (Daniel 10:2-3, 12)
  • Give up entertainment such as TV, Telephone, movies or any activity for a specified time (1 Corinthians 7:3-6)
  • For more information on how to pray for Congo click here. For more information on how to pray for Congo Initiative click here.

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer (1 Pet. 3:12)