Perilous Times By John Owen (1616-1683) Works, vol. 9, Sermon 26, pp. 320-334 Preached Nov. 3, 1676 A day set apart for solemn fasting and prayer “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” 2 Timothy 3:1 The words contain a warning of imminent dangers. And there are four things in… Read More Perilous Times Shall Come
Dr. George DownameThe Christian’s Sanctuary, pp. 29-49 Inward and spiritual exercise of prayer joined with repentance What then is the spiritual exercise and the inward fast, whereunto the outward abstinence must be referred? It is an humbling of our souls in a solemn exercise of prayer, joined with repentance, for the obtaining of our special… Read More The Christian Duty of Fasting: 3. The Inward Fast
Dr. George DownameThe Christian’s Sanctuary, pp. 18-29 Thus we have heard that the religious fast is a solemn exercise of religion, to be undertaken of us, when we are humble suitors to the Lord, upon some urgent occasion. Let us now consider wherein this exercise doth consist, which is expressed in the rest of the… Read More The Christian Duty of Fasting: 2. The Outward Fast
Dr. George DownameThe Christian’s Sanctuary, pp. 8-18 What is Fasting? The religious fast is a solemn exercise of religion, wherein we being humble suitors unto the Lord upon some special or extraordinary occasion, do abstain not only from food and some other commodities and delights of this life, but also from bodily labours and worldly… Read More The Christian Duty of Fasting: 1. What is Fasting?
The Westminster Confession of Faith, chapter 21, after discussing the Regulative Principle of Worship and “the parts of the ordinary religious worship of God“, goes on to address extra-ordinary parts of religious worship, which include “solemn fastings (Est. 4:16; Joel 2:12; Mat. 9:15; 1 Cor. 7:5), and thanksgivings upon several occasions (Est. 9:22; Psa 107 throughout); which are, in their several times… Read More Occasional Days of Public Fasting or Thanksgiving
Q. 60. What is a personal vow? A. It is the act of an individual, or single person, taking hold of God’s covenant of grace, or acquiescing in it as made with Christ, who is the all of it and thus engaging to be the Lord’s, and to essay the practice of all duty in… Read More Personal Covenanting | Thomas Boston