|“It has always been our mission to help people find hope and comfort in their daily lives,” said Jeremy McGee, Beliefnet.com president and CEO. “If it has ever been needed then it is needed now, but more than simply providing daily inspiration we are ourselves inspired to call for a global day of action, of fasting and prayer for divine intervention.”
Similar global calls for fasting and prayer on Good Friday have already been issued by multiple faith leaders. Last week, the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Russell M. Nelson, issued his appeal for prayer and fasting on Good Friday during the church’s general conference. Nelson’s call notably included these important words, “I invite all, including those not of our faith, to fast and to pray on Good Friday.” Many communities of faith, including the Roman Catholic Church, have an annual tradition of fasting on Good Friday. The Rev. Walter Kim, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, issued a similar call Wednesday to people of faith across the country saying, “On Good Friday, let’s … pray and fast throughout the nation.”
“Specifically, we are encouraging people to pray and fast for four outcomes: that the present pandemic is controlled, that caregivers are protected, that the economy is strengthened, and that life is normalized,” said Jeremy McGee.
Beliefnet’s fasting page includes this guidance:“Fasting, by definition, is abstaining from food and some drink for a period of time in order to focus your thoughts on God and strengthen your relationship with Him. It also has the power to change our hearts and renew our faith. No matter where you are, or what your circumstances are, you have the power to pray and fast especially during this global pandemic.”
“We hope every community of faith, and every platform for inspiration like ours will join us in this global effort,” said McGee.