What is the “Wesleyan Pattern for Prayer and Fasting?”
Each Thursday evening, after the evening meal, until mid-afternoon on each Friday, Methodist people are invited to follow Wesley’s example of fasting and prayer. During this time he did not take solid food but fasted and focused much of his time in prayer.
What is a fast?
Normally persons do not use solid food, but continue with liquids during such a short but regular fast.
What is the connection between prayer and fasting?
Fasting is not a diet; it is a discipline that enables one to focus his or her prayers.
When does this prayer and fasting take place?
It is hope that many will regularly follow the pattern, but it is urged for the people to particularly follow the pattern of prayer and fasting each week between Easter and Pentecost.
Who is invited to participate in the “Wesleyan Pattern of Prayer and Fasting?”
John Wesley expected the “preachers” to participate, and he wanted all of the Methodist leaders and people to follow this discipline.
Why this pattern?
Methodist people are invited to discover the power in this regular pattern and discipline that John Wesley followed for a half a century. For Wesley, the more important reason for fasting was that fasting is a help to prayer.