Join us for an interactive Night of Prayer at the BridgePointe center the night before Lent begins.
Prayer stations will be set up throughout the Center that guide interactive prayer experiences. You are welcome to arrive anytime during this two-hour event and stay for as much of it as you would like.
Night of Prayer is structured as a comfortable and non-threatening environment for everyone. Moving at your own pace, you will get to experience prayer as a creative and personal conversation with the good and loving God.
Why is BridgePointe having this event?
Throughout the Bible, a period of forty days represented completion and was often designated as an appropriate time of preparation, reflection, or celebration. The early church implemented a 40-day period called Lent as a season of reflection leading up to Easter Sunday.
Traditionally, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which falls on February 10 this year. We have chosen to honor this tradition by gathering for prayer on the night before Lent begins.
What will this include?
Prayer stations will be set up throughout the BridgePointe Center. You are welcome to arrive anytime during this two-hour event and stay for as much of it as you would like. The stations will guide interactive prayer experiences. While prayer can be intimidating, our Night of Prayer will be structured to make this a comfortable and non-threatening environment for everyone. Moving at your own pace, you will get to experience prayer as a creative and personal conversation with the good and loving God.
How should I prepare?
No preparation is necessary or required. As with all BridgePointe services and events, you are invited to come as they are. However, if you would like to spiritually prepare for this prayer experience, we are encouraging people to fast on the day of the event. Fasting is a spiritual discipline that has been practiced for thousands of years. In its most simple form, fasting is abstaining from food for the purpose of prayer, reflection or meditation. During a time of fasting, the sensation of hunger can prompt the individual to pray more frequently and with greater awareness of his or her need for God. People throughout the Bible practiced prayer and fasting. Jesus fasted for 40 days (see Matthew 4:1-11) and taught his disciples about prayer and fasting in Matthew 6:5-18.
How should I fast in preparation?
There are no rules for fasting, so it comes down to the decision and conviction of the individual. People with unique health considerations should consult a physician before choosing to fast.
Skipping one or two meals is a good place to start. For this event, our recommendation is to skip just lunch or breakfast and lunch on Tuesday. Make the decision in advance and commit to it so that you will not be making a decision in response to your sensations of hunger. When skipping a meal for the sake of fasting, replace the time you would normally spend eating with prayer and Bible reading.
Communion will be served at the Night of Prayer, which would officially break the fast. Then, people who choose to fast during the day can eat dinner after the event to conclude their day of prayer and fasting.