Jesus modeled prayer and fasting for us; we also need to share with our churches the ways and reasons to pray and to fast. To assist you with this, we’ve condensed the First Friday Fast prayer needs and some teaching on fasting onto a page that you can print and distribute with your Sunday bulletin. This brief message might also be displayed and made available with your church’s other print resources. Once tucked into a Bible, it will be a ready reminder of how and why to fast and pray for awakening.

We encourage you to share this prayer tool with your church.

Prior to the Great Awakening, a number of pastors joined together to issue what was called “The National Prayer Accord.” It was a call to united prayer throughout New England. God moved in response to those prayers, and America experienced an incredible awakening. The National Prayer Committee and Awakening America Alliance issued a similar “National Prayer Accord” for 2020 in an effort to call churches across the nation to united prayer, looking for another awakening I this country. Although we are now well into a new year, the pattern of prayer proposed in the accord and the call for a “First Friday Fast” is still a great pattern for churches today. For more information on the national prayer accord go to:

One of the foundations of the Accord is the establishment of rhythms of prayer:

One-half to one hour of private or small group prayer

One- to two-hour individual church prayer gatherings

One- to two-hour local, multiple-church prayer gatherings

Unite for the National Day of Prayer

While some churches meet for prayer more frequently than this, for others the National Prayer Accord is a challenge to call the church to prayer. It would be great to see our churches engaging in private, small group, and corporate prayer, as well as uniting with other churches in a rhythm of prayer for awakening in our churches and in the country.


As a part of the National Prayer Accord, even if you can’t participate fully in all aspects, we encourage churches and individuals to set aside the first Friday of the month as a day of fasting and prayer for the awakening of the church and the advancement of the Kingdom. Whether you fast one meal or the entire day is between you and the Lord. We are calling the church to united prayer. This could be done personally and as a part of a monthly prayer gathering.

In recognition of:


  • That the Missionary Church would be white-hot for Jesus – that we would love Him more and more (Matthew 22:37).
  • That the Missionary Church would remain committed to the Word and fully dependent on the leading and power of the Spirit of God (Proverbs 3:5-6Psalm 143:10Hebrews 4:12).
  • That the Missionary Church would intentionally pursue holiness of heart and life (Hebrews 12:141 Peter 1:15).
  • That the heart of the Missionary Church would be continually broken for lost people (Matthew 23:37).
  • That the Missionary Church would lead in our commitment to the multiplication of disciples among all people groups, foreign and domestic (2 Corinthians 9:10).
  • That the Missionary Church would be leaders in ministry to the social needs of our nation (Proverbs 31:8-9Isaiah 58:6-7).
  • For protection of our pastors, families, and ministries from the evil one (Matthew 6:13).
  • For God to draw everyone into discipling relationships that see life transformation in the people around us (2 Corinthians 9:10).
  • For God to bring the right leaders to churches who will be seeking new pastors (1 Samuel 16:7).
  • For God to bring healing in the strained marriages some of our pastors and spouses are experiencing (Colossians 3:131 Corinthians 13:4-7Joshua 24:15).
  • For an outpouring of funding for the multiplication of disciples and churches. We really need $500-600K this year (2 Corinthians 9:8Psalm 34:10132:15).
  • That our churches will not only know but also embrace the truth that apart from Jesus we can do nothing (John 15:5).
  • That our churches will help each individual in the church have the connections they need to journey together on their walk with God (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).
  • That our churches will take responsibility to equip those in the church to go out from the church to form relationships with those who need to discover God (John 17:18).
  • That those in our churches put our commitment to God and our worship of God higher than the traditions and political leanings that can become idols and replace God (Matthew 15:8-9).
  • That those in our churches slow down enough so that we open our eyes and notice the lost and needy around us (John 4:35).
  • That those in our churches will learn to walk as Jesus walked, with minds that think like Jesus, hearts that love like Jesus, and actions that reflect Jesus (1 John 2:6).
  • That God will give special strength, wisdom, and endurance as they minister in an ever-changing world (Ephesians 3:16).
  • That God will protect their families and give them the resolve to care for their homes as much as they care for the church. Pray God will help them find the right balance (Ephesians 5:25).
  • That God would provide during and after this pandemic we currently face. Pray especially for those who have lost or will lose their ministry positions (Philippians 4:19).
  • That pastors will seek the Lord first rather than looking for the best strategies and ideas from others (Matthew 6:33).
  • That pastors will find a good rhythm between work and rest (Matthew 11:28-29).
  • That God might make Bethel a hotbed of revival – a truly robust, historic, echoing revival throughout the entire church, inspiring the church to its first love of God (Revelation 2).
  • That students will come to personal, saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, be sanctified in character, and live a life worthy of their calling (Ephesians 4:1).
  • That God would use Bethel to equip students in all fields for His purposes on Earth:  
    • an alumnus to become a Supreme Court Justice and legislate the justice of Jesus (Isaiah 42), 
    • one to cure cancer through the unusual understanding of He who holds together all things, both visible and invisible (Colossians 1), 
    • one as CEO of a Fortune 500 company whose godly ethics utterly change an entire industry (Romans 12:2),
    • an artist whose creative gift melts the hearts of kings and queens and authorities of all kinds toward the heart of the Father (Proverbs 22:29),
    • an evangelist in the order of Paul or Billy Graham, who reaches all corners of the globe with the Good News (Acts 13:47),
    • that Bethel would be protected from an aggressive political agenda to reduce religious liberties in hiring and curricula, namely LGBT concerns,
    • that God might grant unusual creativity in Bethel faculty, staff, and administrators to defeat barriers of entry by under-resourced students,
    • that God would populate Bethel with students, sufficient in number and fit for her mission.