Pentecost Sunday is on the 20th May and is a key moment in the church calendar where we remember those first followers of Jesus, faithfully gathered together praying and seeking God in an upper room in the heart of Jerusalem. As these followers continued to seek God, the presence of God fell. With that first outpouring of the Spirit, 3000 people came to faith that day and the church was born.
And so in the four weeks leading up to Pentecost Sunday, we want to consecrate this season as a time of wholeheartedly pursuing God. As a community, we want to intentionally seek his presence, asking for a fresh outpouring of his Spirit upon us as a church and upon our local communities.
We’ll be doing this in three different ways:
As part of the build up to Pentecost we’d love for everyone to take part in a 20 day fast from the 1st – 20th May. The heart behind fasting is that we set apart a period of time when we purposefully disrupt our everyday rhythms to realign our heart with God’s heart. As we do this, we fix our hearts and minds on God, seek his presence and purposes in prayer, and centre ourselves on him.
The act of fasting is an act of disruption. Whether it’s going without food, or Netflix, giving up alcohol, social media, or anything else, it’s the choice to disrupt the normal in such a way that it wakes us up and brings our focus back to God. When we fast we interrupt our everyday patterns of life and choose to fix our eyes on God, becoming more aware of our dependency upon him.
The Bible has lots to say about fasting and we see this discipline modelled throughout Scripture. Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights, entering the desert to pray and align his heart with the heart of the Father before he launched into his ministry. Although there are different types of fasts talked about throughout Scripture, the primary purpose behind them is always to fix our hearts on God.
In the run up to Pentecost, we want to set aside 20 days of fasting as a church, seeking his presence in our lives and asking for his Kingdom to break out in this city.
There will be three different types of fasts that you can choose from:
Daniel Fast: The Daniel Fast is one of the Fasts that we see in the Bible (Dan. 1 & Dan. 10). Daniel chose to fast from the things that were at the king’s table and so only ate the following: Vegetables, Fruit, Whole grains (no wheat), Bean and legumes, Nuts and seed, Water as a way of demonstrating his obedience to God and not to the king. This fast is a partial fast from food and so to download a few recipe suggestions for the 20 days just click here: Daniel Fast Recipes
Social Media Fast: For 20 days we fast from all social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc!
Simplicity Fast: This fast is a fast of your choice. Whether it’s fasting from food a few days a week during the three weeks, or fasting from something like chocolate or TV, the choice is up to you!
We’d love for this to be something we do altogether as a community at KXC, so do sign up here.
24-7 Prayer Week
Time and time again, throughout history, God shows up when his people pray. In the week leading up to Pentecost Sunday on the 20th May, we’d love for us all to sign up for a 1 prayer slot – asking God to pour out his Spirit upon KXC and the local community. There’ll be a prayer room available to book at KX House between 8am-6pm each day, but for those who would struggle to make it to King’s Cross, or for slots outside of this time, feel free to pray anywhere that works best for you! To sign up for a slot click here.