Week 4:  Pray, Fast, Take Action

Dear friend,

As we enter the fourth and final week of our “Pray, Fast, Take Action for a Moral Budget” campaign, we also observe Holy Week and Jesus’ journey to the cross.

In the wake of a budget vote in Congress last week that prioritized the needs of the rich and powerful at the expense of the most vulnerable, our simple efforts over the past month of prayer, fasting, and advocacy can seem foolish.

However, we remember that the message of the cross was foolishness to the world, so in the face of the powers that govern our country, we trust, by faith, that God can use our humble offerings.

Please reflect on this scripture during your time of personal prayer:

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the
rights of all the unfortunate. Speak up with fairness and justice, and defend the rights of the poor and needy. -Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV)

We invite you to fast in a way meaningful to you. One simple way is to fast from lunch today and use the time for prayer and taking action. Others may choose a silent fast or to fast from television, texting, or Facebook.

Take Action

Last week Congress passed a budget for the remainder of 2011 that did not reflect our values. It is important to hold our elected officials accountable when they make choices we think are harmful to the country. We will have another round of budget talks for 2012 starting almost immediately, so speaking out about this bad budget can help convince Congress to think differently the next time around.

Please take a few moments to share your disappointment with your elected officials.

In solidarity,

Hannah, Andrew, Duane, and Elizabeth

P.S. This email is the fourth of our Prayer, Fasting, and Action campaign. To follow updates on faith leaders who are fasting, visit Jim Wallis on Facebook and read our Fasting Update on the God's Politics Blog.

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