When any evil is to be removed, the pastors are to lay open to the people, by the evidence of God's word, the sins which were the special causes of that calamity; call upon them to repent, and publish to them the mercies of God in Christ upon their repentance (Joel. i.14; Neh. viii.) The people must hear the voice of God's messengers with hearty sorrow for their sins; earnestly beg pardon in Christ, and promise unfeigned amendment of their life. When any blessing is to be obtained, the pastors must lay open to the people the necessity of that blessing, and the goodness of God who giveth such graces for the good of men. The people must devoutly pray to God for bestowing of that grace, and that be would bless his own means to his own glory, and the good of his church. And when the holy exercise is done, let every Christian have a special care, according to his ability, to remember the poor (Isa. lviii.7, 10; 2 Cor. ix.7; Gal. ii.10.) And whosoever, when just occasion is offered, useth not this holy exercise of fasting, he may justly suspect that his heart never yet felt the power of true Christianity.
So much of fasting: Now followeth the exercise of holy feasting.