Our First Friday Fast 2020 has taken several unexpected turns this year. The first three months featured in-person gatherings across the state. The March 6 prayer summit with Daniel Henderson at Cuyahoga Valley was a powerful day of prayer and fasting.
In the next three months, we gathered online via Zoom as part of our COVID-19 Information Exchange. Claude King and Gary Frost joined us, and in June, we joined Southern Baptists as we prayed for persecuted Christians. Pastor’s wives led one Friday as we prayed for the five prompts:
- Denominee Process and Future Team — Seeking His future for Ohio Baptists
- Church Revitalization — Seeking His plan for the church
- Church Planting — Seeking His places for church plants
- Pastors and Leaders — Seeking His favor for pastors, leaders, and their families
- Awakening — Seeking supernatural gospel impact in Ohio and beyond
July and August featured prayer guides based on 1 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people…” Prayer guides, along with several resources for fasting and prayer, have been available on our DropBox Showcase. Each month the Showcase has featured a different resource.
Our September prayer guide was based on Psalm 139:23-24, focusing on “Search me, God, and know my heart.” The guide featured an outline and quotes from Dangerous Prayers: Because Following Jesus Was Never Meant to Be Safe by Craig Groeshel. October’s prayer guide will continue to follow Dangerous Prayers with “Break Me.” We’ll see two illustrations of brokenness from Mark 14 that can guide us to pray and live broken and poured out.
Join with others all across Ohio Friday, October 2 as we fast and pray. For more information about the First Friday Fast 2020 initiative, please go to scbo.org/fast or contact Steve Hopkins (SteveHopkins@scbo.org 614.309.9746)