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Wesley Methodist Church

40 Days of Prayer & Fasting 2017

 

This year – in line with our church direction for 2017, Growing in Christ – we are embarking on 40 days of prayer for the nation and practising the discipline of fasting once a week.

 

 

 

 

About

40 Days of Prayer & Fasting • 2017

 


 

  From our Pastor-in-Charge • Rev Stanley Chua

 

 

We are halfway through the year, and already we have seen our nation weathering through some challenging times. Singapore is experiencing an economic slowdown – many businesses have been hit (in particular, maritime, oil, manufacturing and retail) and as a result, many Singaporeans have lost their jobs. There is also the challenge of an increasing greying population that will impact our labour force. Apart from all these, we also have to contend with the ever-looming terrorist threat. The bombing of the Coptic churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday has raised the spectre that churches in Singapore are no longer immune to such attacks. In fact, our government constantly warns us that a terror attack on our nation is a matter of “when”, not “if”.

 

What is our response as a church in these precarious times? Our country and fellow Singaporeans are going through challenging times. They need our prayers. Intercessory prayer is a way of loving others. Richard Foster once wrote, “If we truly love people, we will desire for them far more than is within our power to give them, and this will lead us to prayer. Intercession is a way of loving others.” Indeed, our Lord Jesus has called us as His disciples to love others and there is no better way to do so than to come together as a church to pray for our nation.

 

This year, as we launch the 40 Days of Prayer & Fasting, it is my hope that Wesleyans, as the Body of Christ, will take up the challenge of fasting and praying for our country, and in doing, draw us nearer to God. Prayer is one of the key disciplines that a Christian needs to build in your life in order to grow in Christ. Jesus, while living on earth, has shown that a life oriented towards God and holiness is always characterised by prayer. For John Wesley, fasting was one of the key spiritual disciplines necessary for growing in holiness and he expected the Methodists to fast at least once a week.

 

There are fellow Singaporeans living lives of quiet desperation, without purpose or future. We can make a difference if we come together to pray on their behalf and ask God to help them. We will not only pray for the needs of Singaporeans but will also meet their needs in a practical manner - we will collect the fasting proceeds and donate it to the poor and needy.

 

Wesleyans, let us unite as a church to pray for the nation, to deepen our intimacy with God, and to rediscover our Methodist roots.