The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) joins with member denominations and others in calling for a Day of Prayer and Fasting on Good Friday, April 10, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the world into turmoil. Amid the disruption and devastation, NAE denominational leaders call Christians to pray and fast this Friday.
“The call to fast on the Good Friday is most importantly a call to identify with our Lord,” said NAE President Walter Kim. “In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus fasted from sleep and prayed for strength. During the crucifixion, he was denied food and experienced horrific suffering. He turned deprivation into a time of prayer, saying, ‘My God, My God…Father, forgive them…Into your hands I commit my spirit.’ Jesus prepared for the first Good Friday with prayer and fasting, and he endured Good Friday with prayer and fasting.”
The NAE encourages Christians of all denominations and of non-denominational churches to join in prayer and fasting. Visit NAE.net/goodfridayprayer for more information, a bulleted list of prayer points, a biblical model for corporate fasting, and to access Good Friday prayer resources from denominations.
Participating denominations include the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Christian Reformed Church in North America, Converge Worldwide, Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church in America, The Brethren Church, and Anglican Church in North America, among others. Converge Worldwide will host a national live, online prayer time at 9:00 a.m., in each time zone on Good Friday. Anyone can join for the 45-minute prayer sessions.
Kim said, “We will be praying in different languages. Some will be using liturgy; others will be speaking in tongues. But all will be praying in faith that God reigns, listens and responds.”