So, tomorrow we are at it again (by the way, we do get to take August off, so keep hanging in there!): we are praying & fasting during what would be Monday lunch for men and women to be changed into the image of Christ and to be drawn into healthy, God-honoring marriages. There are so many folks doing this–almost 400 active subscribers plus random others–and so I hope that it’s encouraging to know that you are not alone in this prayer endeavor.
Actually, just this past week, about 25 women from the DC area informally gathered together to pray about these three things:
- Daily hope in the Journey of faith, especially in light of our big Hope (a King who will one day return and bring with him a new heavens and a new earth).
- More men to join in this Journey of faith.
- Loving partnerships, including in marriage, between men and women on the Journey.
It was so encouraging to me to see mostly 20 & 30-something women from a handful of churches in the area–a few of us simply invited a few of our friends–mingling and then praying together. There were a lot of different stories represented in that room, but the bottom line was that each woman there believed that the above things were worth praying about. There were a few words about the history of the fast.pray movement–how 4 years ago we started an e-mail among 3 of us, and now it’s this international blog. We talked about how fast.pray started initially with a focus on praying for marriages, and then we began to see the need for more men to come to faith, and how this past spring, we’ve seen that our courage needs to be grounded in something beyond how our lives look or feel relative to our ideals: it needs to be grounded in the real Hope that God is big, in control, and will one day return to make things as they should be. Because the end is guaranteed, and because he is with us now, we then can pray and work and seek to live Life on God’s terms–free(r) from the compulsion to have to control the outcome. THE outcome is already promised!
Anyhow, it’s something you might consider doing. Grab some friends, get some brownies or broccoli or boxed wine and spend an evening praying together! Consider even making it a regular thing. Sue, one of the facilitators of the evening, shared at the close about a revival that broke out in NYC prior to the civil war. At one point, 50,000 of NYC’s 800,000 citizens had come to faith through these city-wide, lunchtime prayer gatherings. It was amazing to hear.
We don’t know what God wants to do–but we figure, Hey, there are a lot of single women out there who’d like to get married; colleges run almost 60% to 40% women to men; the evangelical churches are roughly 55% to 45% (and some say as high as 60-40). So the ratios aren’t great. But let’s take our passions and our longings and let them serve as fuel for prayer for God to disrupt the status quo and do something new.
After all, why couldn’t it start with us!?
Have a Great Week,