LENT
CONTENDING FOR REVIVAL

GATHERING THROUGH LENT

We are gathering to pray on:
– Tuesday mornings, 7:30-8am
– Weekday lunchtimes, 12-12:15pm
– Thursday evenings, 7:30-8pm

Gather with us at Church at these times if you can, or pray from wherever you are. Each week’s prayer theme is detailed below.

24/7 AND NIGHT OF PRAYER

We are ramping up our prayers during Holy Week, setting up a 24/7 prayer room which will be available from Tuesday 16th April at 8am – Thursday 18th April at 8pm. Sign up for hour slots HERE.

We go straight from that into a full night of prayer, from Maundy Thursday at 8pm to Good Friday at 7am. We’ll be gathering all together to pray in different ways through that time, asking God to transform this city.

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What is Lent?

Lent is the period leading up to Easter when we remember Jesus’ time in the wilderness prior to the start of His ministry. Ancient Christian tradition marked it by four practices, which help focus our hearts and lives back on God:

PRAYER
Unless we make time to pray, it doesn’t happen. Lent is a time when Christians spend more focused time in prayer – asking and listening to the Lord.
PENITENCE
This means being, and saying, sorry for the wrong that we do. Lent reminds us that it was our selfishness which separated us from God.
ALMSGIVING
Giving what we can to the poor – our time, money, or effort – is encouraged during Lent.
SELF-DENIAL
Lent is a season of fasting – giving up something we like to learn how to say ‘no’ to our desires.

Learning to Fast

During Lent, we are encouraged to fast as a spiritual discipline, and to remember Jesus’ fast in the wilderness. You could try one of these fasts.
(Note: only fast from things that it is safe for you to fast. If in doubt, check with your doctor and/or a leader in church.)

PARTIAL FAST
Abstain from solid foods for an extended part of the day. Take only water.
BEVERAGE FAST
Abstain from solid foods for 24 hours. Take only water and liquids
TOTAL FAST
Abstain from solid foods and beverages for 24 hours. Take only water.
‘DANIEL FAST’
(See Daniel 1:12) Abstain from meats and other favourite delicacies. Take only small portions of fresh vegetables, fruit and juices.
FASTING FROM DISTRACTIONS
Fast from something that would distract you (eg TV, Facebook) in order to pray.
ONE MEAL FAST
Skip one full meal a day e.g. lunch-fast, or dinner-fast.
‘ESTHER’ FAST
(See Esther 4:16) Abstain from food and drinks for three days (72 hours).

‘The grace of God… teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age’
Titus 2:12

If you have any questions, prayer requests, prophecies, or stories of answered prayer, we’d love to hear from you! Email us at: hello@saintphilips.org.uk