PRAYER & FASTING DAY 13 OF THE 21 DAY FAST

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IMPORTANCE OF FASTING

PRAYER & FASTING

But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. --- Matthew 6:17-18 

WHAT IS FASTING?

One of the most powerful weapons of spiritual warfare that God has given to His children is fasting -- a way of crucifying the flesh or denying your flesh the basic sustenance of food. Although fasting will weaken you physically, it will highly enlighten you spiritually. It is important to note that fasting should be combined with prayer for utmost effectiveness.

Fasting is a form of spiritual discipline that informs God that you are serious about repentance. Fasting is a significant part of your Christian walk just as praying and reading the Bible is significant. Fasting is for everyone who desires to draw closer to God. 

When you fast, you do not have to give up just food; it can be anything of importance to you that is a sacrifice to give up. Whenever you fast, you need to pray and seek the Lord, otherwise you are just depriving your body of food and not getting in touch with what the Holy Spirit is trying to tell you.

Although fasting is not commanded in the Bible, it is expected of all believers in their Christian walk, for Matthew 6:17-18 says "when you fast." Jesus did not say, "if you fast" but rather "when you fast'; therefore Jesus reveals through scripture that fasting is expected of us; however, it is not commanded (for example, you are not committing sin by not fasting). 

TYPES OF FASTS 

The prophet Isaiah writes: "Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?" 

Isaiah 58:6-7 

Thus, there are 7 reasons for fasting according to Isaiah 58:6-7, and they are as follows: 

1.

To bring justice

2.

To undo heavy burdens and break the yoke of bondage

3.

To free the oppressed and loose the bands of wickedness

4.

To share food

5.

To provide shelter for the poor

6.

To clothe the naked

7.

To provide for one's family

However, there are several other reasons for fasting: 

1.

To mourn and repent

2.

To receive God's instructions


3.

To die to the flesh

4.

For humility and deliverance from bondage

5.

To resist the devil's temptations

6.

Due to lack of food

7.

For health and healing

8.

For spiritual power to cast out demons

To Mourn and Repent

  • "In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled."
  • Daniel 10:2-3
  • (Also see Esther 4:3; Isaiah 58:5; Joel 2:12-13; Zechariah 7:5) 
  • To Receive God's Instructions
  • "And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments."
  • Exodus 34:28
  • (Also see Acts 9:9-12; Acts 13:2) 
  • To Die to the Flesh
  • "Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? Wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and taketh no knowledge?" Isaiah 58:3 
  • For Humility and Deliverance from Bondage
  • "But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom."
  • Psalm 35:13
  • (Also see I Samuel 7:3-14; Ezra 8:21-23) 
  • To Resist the Devil's Temptations
  • "Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency (lack of self resistance)."
  • I Corinthians 7:5
  • (Also see Luke 4:1-2) 
  • Due to Lack of Food
  • "And he (Elijah) arose, and did eat and drink, and went in strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God."
  • I Kings 19:8 
  • For Health and Healing
  • "Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, 'Here I am'."
  • Isaiah 58:8
  • (Also see Psalm 35:13) 
  • For Spiritual Power to Cast Out Demons
  • "And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour."
  • Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
  • And Jesus said unto them, 'Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

PREPARATION

The first thing you need to do before you fast is set a definite time period for your fast. Will your fast be 1 meal, 3 days, 7 days, 21 days, 40 days? 

The second thing you need to do is decide which type of fast you will undertake. Will it be a normal fast, a Daniel fast, or perhaps a television and entertainment fast? 

There are several types of fasting. The one you choose is between you and God. He will honor your best sacrifice.


Full Fast

Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).


The Daniel Fast

Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables.

Learn More


3-Day Fast

This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.


Partial Fast

A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun up to sundown. You can select from three types of fasting —a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

If you are going on a prolonged fast, please don't begin your fast immediately but rather gradually cut your food intake back and then begin your fast. Also cease drinking caffeine products a few days before you start a prolonged fast so you can get over the withdrawl headaches before you start. 

Precautions 

Drink warm water instead of cold and do not drink too much water at one time. Do not drink milk, coffee, or other beverages during the fast for this will be considered dieting and not fasting. (Follow these procedures on all types of fasts except the absolute fast.) 

Do not take excessively hot baths during a prolonged fast; for this may cause dizziness. However, take a bath regularly during your fast because fasting causes many impurities to be secreted through the pores of your skin thus causing an odor. 

Do not engage in excessive work or exercise. 

Walk, read, pray, and worship during mealtimes to overcome temptations. 


Some Symptoms You May Experience 

1.

Headache

2.

Nausea

3.

Low fever

4.

Sleeplessness

5.

Stomach pains

If you have any of these symptoms do not take medication for them. 

Three phases of a prolonged fast: 

Phase 1

Craving food

Phase 2

Feeling weak and faint for 2-3 days or even longer.

Phase 3

Growing stronger and no longer having concern about food.

BREAKING THE  FAST

Breaking the fast is the most difficult period after the fast; it requires discipline and self-control. If you fast for 40 days, then you should allow your body an adequate period of time to recover so you will be able to resume your regular diet. 

Start with some vegetable and fruit juices a little at a time and maybe a cup of watered-down soup. The following day, start to drink juices and increase the thickness of the soup. Continue to do this until you gradually begin to build yourself back up. 


Through fasting and prayer, the Holy Spirit can transform your life.

(speak with your doctor first if you have certain medical conditions or are pregnant)


WHO FASTED IN THE BIBLE

Names of everyone who fasted in the Bible and for how long?

Moses (40 days) - Deutronomy 9:9
Elijah (40 days) - 1 Kings 19:8
Jesus (40 days) - Matthew 4:1,2
Matthew 9:14 - habit of John's disciples and the pharisees
Anna - Luke 2:37
Cornelius - Acts 10:30
Paul - 2 Corinthians 6:5; 11:27
I Samuel 31:13 - the whole nation after Saul's death
Judges 20:26 - as part of weeping over sin
2 Samual 3:35 - after the death of Abner
2 Samual 12:16-22 - part of prayer for David's sick child
1 Samuel 7:6 - part of repentence before moving the ark
Psalms 35:13 - as part of intercession for a friend
Psalms 69:10 - part of prayer and repentence
Psalms 109:24 - part of prayer and repentence
1 Kings 21:27 - Ahab after Elijah predicts his death
2 Chronicles 20:3 - Jehoshaphat from fear of his enemies
Ezra 10:6 - Ezra upset over the sins of the people
Nehemiah 1:4 - praying over the destruction of Jerusalem
Jeremiah 36:9 - time of fasting proclaimed
Daniel 6:18 - The king fasted while Daniel was in the lion's den
Daniel 9:3 - while praying for the deliverance of the people
Psalms 35:3 - when prayers are unanswered
Esther 4:16 - in times of danger
Acts 13:3 , Acts 14:23 - before ordaining miniters
1 Samuel 7:6 - when confessing sin
Deutronomy 9:18 - sign of humility
Daniel 10:1-3 - while seeking wisdom/knowledge ffrom God
Jonah 3:5-10 - Ninevites after Jonah preaches
Acts 9:9 - Paul after his coversion and before healed


FASTING MAKES IT POSSIBLE

"Fasting: Opening the Door to a Deeper, More Intimate, More Powerful Relationship With God" by Jentezen Franklin. 

  • When God has placed a dream inside you that only He can make possible, you need to fast and pray.

When I feel myself growing dry spiritually, when I don’t sense that cutting-edge anointing, or when I need a fresh encounter with God, 

  • fasting is the secret key that unlocks heaven’s door and slams shut the gates of hell.

  1. When you feel yourself growing dry spiritually.
  2. When you don’t sense that cutting-edge anointing.
  3. When you need a fresh encounter with God.
  4. When you eliminate food from your diet for a number of days, your spirit becomes uncluttered by the things of this world and amazingly sensitive to the things of God. As David stated, “Deep calls unto deep” (Ps. 42:7). David was fasting. His hunger and thirst for God were greater than his natural desire for food. As a result, he reached a place where he could cry out from the depths of his spirit to the depths of God, even in the midst of his trial. Once you’ve experienced even a glimpse of that kind of intimacy with our God—our Father, the holy Creator of the universe—and the countless rewards and blessings that follow, your whole perspective will change. You will soon realize that fasting is a secret source of power that is overlooked by many.
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CRAVING THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD

October 9, 2017

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”

Matthew 5:6

Have you ever felt as if there must be something more? One thing I learned young in my faith is that food is not the proof of appetite, but appetite is the proof of food.

Thirst is the proof that there is water to satiate it!

Stir up your appetite for more influence, more success, more provision, more capacity, more wisdom, more glory—more heaven on earth.

I’ve also learned that just because there is nutritious food, it doesn’t mean people will have an appetite for it.

Sometimes you have to acquire an appetite—or a taste—for something better.

Are you hungry for a more excellent way?

Do you hunger and thirst for righteousness?

I encourage you today to check your appetites.

If you have a certain appetite but don’t see the thing you hunger for, it is there somewhere.

By virtue of the fact you feel like there is something more, there is something more!

These are the promptings you must be especially mindful of.

Why?

Because these longings are not generated by your spirit, but by the Spirit of God when He tries to tell you it’s time to go to the next level.

“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.”

Romans 8:16-17

This is very important because the Holy Spirit is revealing to you who you are. You are sons and daughters of the King of kings. You deserve to be treated with respect and honor.

You deserve to live in the best places and have the best things. This is why you have the tastes that you have—and yes the appetites.

But you’ve learned to compromise your tastes.

You’ve been told you can’t have certain things…that you don’t deserve these things or they’re too expensive.

You’ve compromised the desires God has placed in you.

However, you have extravagant taste for a reason. It’s because it’s part of your inheritance.

What you crave is your inheritance. 

You have extravagant tastes that are going to be restored so that your inheritance can be revealed to you.

I decree and declare that you are going to work in the best positions in your industry…

I decree and declare that your gifts are going to be magnified and glorified—you’re going to be aglow with God’s glory and His reputation is going to be aglow in you!

Expand your capacity to see what’s possible for you.

Get a vision for who you are, what you’re capable of, and all that you’ve inherited in Christ.

“Be strengthened with all his glorious power…He has enabled you to share in  the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.”

Colossians 1:11-12 NLT

You have an inheritance based on the level of your revelation.

This is why it’s so important to put yourself in places where you can receive prophetic downloads and the impartations that come with being in anointed atmospheres—environments that expand and strengthen your capacity to pull on heaven.

What are you demanding based on your appetite? Your appetite primes the pump so you can make the withdrawals you need to create the increase you long for—and that God longs for you. (See Psalm 115:14.)

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us.”

Deuteronomy 29:29

Put yourself in places where things are being revealed!

This is a season not just for greater information, but for deeper revelation. God wants to reveal principles hidden in His Word. He wants to reveal His plan to you and then reveal you to you as well.

We have yet so much potential sitting on the inside of us hidden in the obscurity of ignorance—and so I say, “Let there be light!”

Ignorance is the absence of light.

Whenever you  have light you have insight and wisdom.

God is able to reveal things that are there, but you must be able to see it or perceive it.

I decree and declare that the eyes of your understanding are being enlightened right now…

I decree and declare that God is going to enlarge your territory and give you capacity to receive revelation! “Deep calls to deep.”

Psalm 42:7 NIV

In this season, take note of what you’re hungering for.

Are you longing for the deeper things of God? Do you have an appetite for greater revelation and influence on behalf of the Kingdom?

Are you thirsty for more righteousness—for more moves of the Spirit—for more revival?

Then stir up your appetite!

“Awake, O sleeper…

   and Christ will give you light.”

Ephesians 5:14 NLT

Learn to crave the things that will strengthen you.

Crave the things that will equip you to create the changes you long to see in your life and in the world around you. 

Crave light, wisdom, and revelation.