As led by the Holy Spirit, we the church of the living God are being called to a day of prayer and consecration. With Mark 9:14-29 as our guide, we understand that our nation and church have been tormented by the demon of racism/white supremacy and systemic oppression since their childhood. When the disciples asked why they were unable to cast the demon out of the boy with the unclean spirit, Jesus says, “This kind can only come through prayer,” (some translations say prayer and fasting).
We therefore commit Thursday, July 2nd as such a day of prayer and fasting. This moment in our nation has not only political and social implications, but also spiritual. As the church, we must discern the signs of the times and respond accordingly.
“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. Isaiah 58:6-9
In this link there are scriptures, prayers, and liturgy for the rising of the sun, breakfast, noon, dinner, and nighttime. These are examples; please feel free to pray as you are led. You are asked to fast (abstain) from at least one formal meal during the day on July 2nd. You may do more as the Holy Spirit leads you.
**Note: for those who have struggled or continue to struggle with eating disorders and those who have dietary restrictions (needs), please consider observing an alternative fast. You can fast from such things as: social media, the internet, or sweets.