A Day of Prayer And Fasting
Dear North Heights Family,
We are asking you to join us in a Day of Prayer and Fasting on Wednesday, April 1 (no fooling) as we approach Holy Week.
Let’s seek God’s mercy, invite the power of the Holy Spirit, and ask for God’s grace and strength to perfect our faith in this trial. Let’s focus our hearts and minds on Christ Jesus—our source of hope, peace, and yes, even joy.
Instructions for Prayer & Fasting
Join us for all or a portion of the day, as you are medically able and led by the Holy Spirit. If you are an early riser, you can start sooner or a night owl, you can conclude at the midnight watch.
- Keep your immune system strong during this time
- We encourage you to fast as the Holy Spirit empowers you
- Keep hydrated
- Turn off distractions and focus on the Lord Jesus by allowing His word to speak to you
Reflection and Confession
Begin with personal reflection and confession as it says in 1 John:1a: “For if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” This is a time to be honest with ourselves, yet not self-condemning or false guilt accepting.
Adoration and Praise
Move to a time of adoration and praise by acknowledging who God is and all He has done and will do for you and in you, as well as all He has done and will do for us and in us as His church. Perhaps you would like to focus on the I AM sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of John.
Then bring your petitions before God. Make your requests known to God, and let the Holy Spirit guide you. There are a multitude of needs in the world today and people to uplift in prayer.
Hourly Prayer Focus
Pray this scripture every hour throughout the day. We believe God is calling us and the church in America to pray as in 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land.”
Then each hour, read the scriptures below and pray. It is our place as the church to stand in the gap between the plague and the people.
Hour 1: Deuteronomy 31:8 Seek the mercy of God to shorten the days of our affliction.
Hour 2: Psalm: 27:1 Pray that the Holy Spirit would bring healing and recovery to those who are have contracted the virus.
Hour 3: Psalm: 46:1-2 Ask that God would comfort those who have lost a loved one.
Hour 4: John 14:27 Ask God to provide creative insight to those who are researching the virus, those seeking to find treatments and vaccines, and those creating equipment to address the needs.
Hour 5: Acts 2:25-28 Ask God to provide wisdom to governmental authorities on how to best contain the spread of the virus.
Hour 6: Romans 8:15 Pray for cooperation and participation by the citizenry in Stay@Home
Hour 7: Romans 8:37-38 Ask God for supreme grace and stamina for healthcare workers and first responders.
Hour 8: Philippians 4:8-9 Pray for patience and understanding for students, parents, and teachers as they develop a new system of educational learning.
Hour 9: Hebrews 13:5-6 Pray for blessing and protection for truck drivers and distribution workers.
Hour 10: Revelation 21:3-6 Pray for protection to those working with the public in essential services.
Hour 11: Psalm 27:8 Pray for the farmers as they prepare to plant after suffering a difficult year.
Hour 12: Zephaniah 3:17 Pray for understanding and patience as North Heights continues ministry in new and creative ways that meets the needs of the community and our congregation.
Finally give thanks in faith that God might sustain us during this trial, that His purposes might be accomplished, and HIS WILL be done.
Remember the words of Jesus from the garden of Gethsemane in Matthew 26:39: “He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will’.” Jesus ultimately surrenders His will to the Father.
As we stand in the gap between the plague and the people, our prayer is that God in His grace will protect us as we call on His name. That He would draw the church back to Himself and people back to the church. That “the curve might be flattened” and the time of our affliction would be shortened to the praise of His Glory!
God’s blessings to you all as we seek Him,
Your North Heights Pastors
P.S. Quick reminder to email photos of you and your family or photos worshiping online from home to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are planning a special photo collage of our North Heights Family for our Easter service, and would love you to be a part of it!