It is time again to devote ourselves to fast and pray for the nation this year, beginning from 7th August to 15th September. This will be our 18th National 40-Day Fast and Prayer.
As we continue to intercede for the various national issues such as the proposed RUU355 private bill, the unsettled case of Pastor Raymond Koh, the gradual erosion of religious liberty and the recent 14th National General Election, we must not forget or neglect the main reason of Christ’s mission as well as our purpose on earth, that is, the harvest of souls.
On this matter, Matthew 9:35-38 says that Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Matthew 28:19-20 further states the Lord’s final command to His disciples before His ascension, i.e., “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
In the coming 40-Day Fast and Prayer, we would very much like to remember and refocus on our primary purpose pertaining to the harvest while at the same time in pursuit of a free and transformed nation.
May God’s grace extend to save many on earth, as we echo Paul’s exhortation to Timothy and the Church in Ephesus that “petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
May the journey of this 40-Day Fast & Prayer enrich your spirituality in a way like never before!
Rev Andy Chi