LOCATION: 103 North First Street, Albemarle, NC, 28001   //   TIMES: Sundays at 9a and 11a   //   [More info]

Reasons to fast:

  • To increase our understanding of Scripture (Daniel 9:1-3)
  • To gain guidance from the Lord in tough situations (2 Chronicles 20:1-4)
  • To see God's agenda accomplished in us and others (Isaiah 58)
  • To fine tune our ability to hear God's direction (Acts 13:1-3)
  • To discipline our bodies (1 Corinthians 9:27)
  • To fight spiritual warfare (Mark 9:29)
  • To repent (Nehemiah 1:4-6)

When we fast, we abstain from something physical in order to obtain something spiritual.

Fasting is "the voluntary denial of a normal function for the sake of intense spiritual activity." (Richard Foster, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, p. 160)

As followers of Jesus, all of us need to make the disciplines of prayer, fasting, and worship part of our normal lives, but at The Gathering, we've chosen to set aside the First Tuesday of every month to intentionally call out to God for His glory to encompass our homes, our county, and our world.

First Tuesdays combine 2 of the values we hold strongly:

"We value Unwavering Prayer and expect our desperate cries to change the spiritual atmosphere around us."

"We value Uncontainable Growth and expect and prepare for the Lord to multiply His kingdom exponentially through us."

Whether you fast one meal or one day, we encourage you to take the time you would have eaten to give yourself away sacrificially in prayer for the needs of others around us, and specifically to the prayers for people to be brought near God by salvation through Jesus Christ.

Spend time during one or all meal times praying for the following needs:

  • Larger meeting space to accomadate the growth we're experiencing
  • The deepening of relationships in a growing number of Community Groups in the area
  • Spiritual discernment and spiritual protection for the leadership at The Gathering
  • Healings in our region
  • The life-altering salvation of the lost in our region
  • For jobs and housing for the people in our church and region