Students will be gathering at their School Flagpole at 7:00am while adults will gather from 7:00 to 9:00 at City Hall.
Citizens will gather from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at City Hall. Corporate Prayers will be offered from 12:00 to 12:15. From 12:15 to 1:00 citizens will be given the opportunity to visit different stations to pray for our community leaders.
The community will gather corporately at the Oxford Civic Center from 6:00pm to 7:00pm for a prayer service, followed by prayer in Liberty Park from 7:00pm to 7:30pm.
Chances are you are among the massive majority of Christians who rarely or never fast. It’s not because we haven’t read our Bibles or sat under faithful preaching or heard about the power of fasting, or even that we don’t genuinely want to do it. We just never actually get around to putting down the fork.
Fasting is voluntarily going without food — or any other regularly enjoyed, good gift from God — for the sake of some spiritual purpose. Fasting is for this world, for stretching our hearts to get fresh air beyond the pain and trouble around us. And it is for the battle against the sin and weakness inside us. We express our discontent with our sinful selves and our longing for more of Christ.
When Jesus returns, fasting will be done. It’s a temporary measure, for this life and age, to enrich our joy in Jesus and prepare our hearts for the next — for seeing him face to face. When he returns, he will not call a fast, but throw a feast; then all holy abstinence will have served its glorious purpose and be seen by all for the stunning gift it was.
Christian fasting turns its attention to Jesus or some great cause of his in the world. Christian fasting seeks to take the pains of hunger and transpose them into the key of some eternal anthem, whether it’s fighting against some sin, or pleading for someone’s salvation, or for the cause of the unborn, or longing for a greater taste of Jesus.