How Fasting Fridays Was Born
I was part of a group of moms who prayed for their kids once a week years ago. They had been meeting for a long time already, and they were deeply bonded through the unity of the Holy Spirit in prayer.
The structure was simple. We came in, grabbed a cup of tea, and sat around the kitchen table. We went around and each of us read a prepared scripture about an attribute of God’s character. There was a theme each week: God’s goodness, wisdom, faithfulness, etc. Then we prayed. We praised God for who He is first, confessed anything we needed to confess, and then we interceded for our children.
It was a commitment of one hour a week. The Holy Spirit lead us. We did not talk a lot.
We saw the Lord answer prayer.
We left those meetings with renewed hope and faith, and often the Lord spoke intimately to someone through those prayers.
I was fortunate to be a part of this group for 2 years. It changed me. I am committed to prayer for my children over the long haul.
The battle over my kids is thick and my requests are heavy – too heavy for me sometimes.
Moses stood on top of a hill overlooking the battle with Amalek in Exodus 17.
And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
Moses’ hands grew heavy. Aaron and Hur had to hold his arms up on each side while Moses sat on a stone until the sun went down and Israel won the battle.
1 Timothy 2:8 says,
I desire therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
I no longer live in the town where the prayer meeting takes place, but I think about how they taught me to stand with others in prayer, supporting and lifting each other up under this heavy burden. I want to keep that momentum going, and I’d like to see it grow.
Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there I am in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:20).
I believe there is something to meeting intentionally to pray once a week.
Isaiah 64:4 says,
For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him.
We saw that He was hearing our prayers, and that He is the one who acts for the one who waits for Him. I began thinking of myself as the one who waits for Him.
I want to find like-minded women wherever I am who will share in this privilege and responsibility with me.
More recently, God began teaching me to fast and pray.
Ravi Zacharias, a great apologist, talked about his mother’s commitment to fast and pray for her children one day a week. He believes God’s anointing on his life is a result of years of his mother’s faithful prayer.
Please join us as we stand in the gap, fasting and praying faithfully for our children every Friday.
My prayer for this group is that God would build us up through connecting online, and also that we would reach out to neighbors, friends, and coworkers to pray in real time together. Is there a friend, or small group of women you can invite around your kitchen table each Friday?
Is there someone you can contact today to get started praying and fasting together on Fridays?
Together, we are learning what it means to be: