In a December 15, 2015 post, Presiding Bishop A. Douglas Beacham, Jr. declares a time of prayer and fasting for 21 days, from January 10-31, 2016. Here is his Fast Declaration:
“With the conviction that the Holy Spirit is calling us to be a Place of Hope and a People of Promise, the International Pentecostal Holiness Church is crying out to God for revival among the peoples of the world! History reveals that every great spiritual awakening was preceded by a time of intense prayer and fasting. That formula remains the same! It is still true that “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Jesus declared that some things “can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting” (Mark 9:29). The local church was intended to be “a house of prayer for all nations” (Mark 11:17). We must ask the sobering questions; are we a house of sermons, a house of songs, a house of programs, or a house of prayer? The church is never taller than when it is on its’ knees and never stronger than when it is prostrate in prayer! We must become what we were intended to be, houses of prayer for all nations!
As Presiding Bishop of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, and as we enter into a year where our attention is on the ministries of the Holy Spirit, I hereby declare a time of prayer and fasting for 21 days, from January 10-31, 2016. This call to prayer and fasting is made to all constituents of the IPHC, not just a select group known as intercessors. Our denomination is joining many other denominations and church organizations in periods of prayer and fasting. We are convinced that the flood of God’s miracle working power flows mightily through the channels of prayer and fasting. The amazing results of this united prayer movement will be evident to all!”
(This statement is also available as a pdf.)
In keeping with the IPHC core value focus on “We Prayerfully Value Holiness”, World Intercession Network (WIN) has developed a 21 Day Prayer Guide for this fast. This fasting emphasis also coincides with the Praying with Jesus virtual prayer meeting hosted by Awakening America Alliance on January 10-31, 2016. Presiding Bishop Beacham invites you to join him on this call on January 10 as he leads in prayer for our nation.