Saturday, March 16, 2019

An Invitation to Join in Fasting and Prayer

I was asked to post the following: 

At the Waters of Mormon, Alma taught that part of being called His people and being part of His fold is a willingness to bear one another’s burdens, to mourn with those that mourn, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort. (NC Mosiah 9:7)

Among those who have entered the covenant there exists a good number whose spouse is not currently open to, or accepting of the message being delivered by the Lord’s servant. The reasons for their disinterest, or opposition, varies.  Though situations and details are unique, each of these covenant holders experience struggles and burdens that cause them to mourn and stand in need of comfort. Each of us probably know dozens in this situation that we love and care for, and have grieved with them in their challenges.

Is there anything we can do to help?  Is there a way we can unite our faith in their behalf and for these currently “unbelieving” spouses?  

Alma and the people of the church in his day show us a precept we believe we can apply (the “doing”). It was the united prayers and fastingof Alma and the Lord’s people that brought about the mighty change in Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah (NC Mosiah 11:26; 27-28). 

A few of us would like to invite any who desire to unite your heart and voice in behalf of our fellow covenant holders who currently find themselves on this journey alone and apart from their spouse, and petition the Lord to soften the hearts of the unbelieving spouse, and to bless, comfort and guide these specific covenant holders within their marriages as they navigate these uncharted waters in patience and love. 

We will be fasting and praying specifically on four consecutive Sundays leading up to the coming conference  (March 17, 24th, 31, and April 7th).  We invite as many of our covenant family to join with us for any or allof these days. A fast may be anything you choose as a sacrifice; be it a traditional fast, refraining from electronics, sugar…or whatever the spirit confirms is an acceptable sacrifice on your part given your circumstances.  We want as broad a participation as possible for those inclined.

As a people, we are seeking to become more united.   We believe applying the precepts of the Book of Mormon by uniting our voices in mighty prayer and fasting in behalf of those among us who mourn and struggle with this challenge can result in miracles.  

Sincerely,

A few from among us



5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the invitation, we are with you and with our brothers and sisters that mourn over for this (spousal support) and any other causes.

    Sincerely, Roy Moore and Family

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  2. To the few from among us:

    Thank you for asking us to unite in faith on behalf of our marriages in preparation for the upcoming conference. I join you in your fasting and prayers on Sundays over the next month.

    God bless,

    Tim Malone

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  3. I would like to suggest that perhaps the Conference promoters give some time for new people to accept the covenant since it's been over about two years now. My wife hasn't joined but she was busy during that conference with pregnancy and imminent birth. There's a good number of people I know who haven't accepted the covenant simply because they haven't been offered another chance after the first opportunity. I mean, I know you can accept it "offline" so to speak, but perhaps an invitation could motivate some to step up. Or re-explain the process of how one could accept the covenant.

    Food for thought.

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  4. This is beautiful. So beautiful. I felt the Love and good intent in this. I believe this pattern is a Godly way to individually and colletively make us One with God. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Great purpose. However, I wish we could do a movement wide fast and prayer for all of the sick who are amongst us. There are quite a few in our movement struggling with illness.

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