I’m a little confused by the Family Research Council’s recent call for prayer and fasting to somehow, in some inexplicable manner, affect the outcome of the Supreme Court same-sex marriage case. I mean, they do this kind of thing all the time, but 21 days? Don’t they know it’s supposed to be for 40 days? 21 isn’t a special magic Bible number!
Tuesday, April 7th until Tuesday, April 28th
FRC President Tony Perkins is asking believers everywhere to pray and fast from April 7th till April 28th that God will intervene to guide our Supreme Court to protect, not destroy, natural marriage as the legal standard for our nation. He urges that we “pray up to the day of battle and go into that day with strength; praising God for the victory!”
The Jews in Babylon responded to Queen Esther’s appeal to fast and pray both for her and for their brethren – the Jewish exiles throughout Babylon – condemned to death by order of the King. God heard their cries, the Kings order was reversed; the Jewish people were saved, have survived to this day and now have a reestablished nation of their own. God will hear us as we cry out to Him for our nation that our leaders will not take America down a road toward certain destruction by presumptuously believing they have been given power, especially under the guise of U.S. Constitution, to redefine and thus remake the institution of marriage and to invent a right to same-sex marriage.
Yep, I’m sure that’ll do it. But if it doesn’t, if the Supreme Court doesn’t rule your way, will you admit that your prayers didn’t do a damn thing? Will you forsake your god for ignoring your pleas? I mean, after all, you even amplified and focused your magic prayer powers.
Spiritually, fasting humbles us and amplifies the focus and effectiveness of our prayers. Jesus said “whenever you fast,” not “if.” He thus expected us to fast periodically (Mt 6:16-18). After a few days of fasting many lose their hunger and can function in their regular activities for weeks. But prayer “without ceasing,” believing God’s promises to hear and answer our faith-filled prayers, and exercising extraordinary faith for God to work wonders, is the purpose of this fast.
And yet when you do all this and still lose, you don’t lose any of that “extraordinary faith.” Interesting.