A Day of Prayer and Fasting

The following was written by a pastor from Ukraine. It is shared here to encourage God's people around the world to unite in prayer for one another and for this case. We stand together in the love of Christ our Savior.

Dear Christian Friends,

Greetings in the precious name of Jesus Christ, to whom someday every knee shall bow!

I shared the need for prayer for the Ken Miller case at our Prayer Service last evening. After prayer in groups, a brother whispered to me that I should give a brief account during the announcements at the end of the service of what happened that Ken Miller is on trial. The congregation was visibly moved as I shared what I remembered of the report below which I had read several hours before the service. When I suggested that perhaps some of us could fast and pray that God would intervene and cause the judge to rule according to Biblical principles, a sister with ten children raised her hand to volunteer to fast. Then another sister, a single converted Jewess who walks with a cane, raised her hand to say she will participate in this fast. Then a brother suggested that the whole church could fast. So we plan to set aside the day of Thursday, August 9 as a day of Prayer and Fasting for the Ken Miller case. This is how God had led us.

After the service I showed the photo of Ken and his wife which a brother sent us yesterday. Upon seeing the photo, several Ukrainians asked, "Are they from the same brotherhood to which we belong?" I answered, "Yes, they are a part of our brotherhood."

For the cause of Jesus Christ,

The Brotherhood of Chernovtsi Evangelical Mennonite Church

May we suggest that God wants some more of us to fast and pray the 9th of August for this case? We are raising our hands with that the sister with ten children and the converted Jewess. With the whole Ukraine church. (Thanks for your example, sister church!)

This is totally voluntary. If you want to fast and pray the 9th, commit to God. (Fasting is most effective if it is secret anyway, right? The Ukraine brethren were not wanting to publish this.)

There is great POWER and BLESSING in fasting and praying. If you commit, God will reward you, and we thank you!

Who is the King of glory we serve? "Lift up your heads, O ye gates... and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah." Psalm 24:9,10

Let's let HIM in, brothers and sisters! That's the way we lift up our gates and our heads, by fasting and praying. And HE will come in! Halleluiah!

For Jesus!