We fast because we are fixing our eyes on the one who loves us. We fast because we do not want to walk in fear. We fast, because we are asking the Lord to deliver us in our weaknesses. We fast, because we believe the Lord when he promises us to answer us and to give us breakthroughs. We fast, because God calls us to fast. We trust he knows what is best.
In the sermon on the mount, Jesus teaches very clearly on prayer and fasting. Matthew 6:5-18 Prayer 5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in …
Your fasting matters. Don't let the devil tell you it won't do anything! It will tear down his kingdom and build up the Lord's kingdom. God uses humble men and women of God to do his will. When we fast and pray we include God in the relationship, instead of trying to do everything ourselves without him. We cannot win this battle apart from prayer and fasting, and when we do, it may look way different than we anticipate. This is why we must press into the throne of grace. God will give us strength in our inner beings to walk with Christ in our hearts through faith. (Eph 3)
During today's prayer time, we are going to press in for those who are wounded on the spiritual battle field. The Lord is leading to uphold those who are in pain, doubt and are running away. We are going to intercede for those who will spiritually bleed to death, if we don't intercede. This is …
Congratulations! You've made it half way there! If you started at the beginning with us, you have fasted for 20 days. Praise the Lord for his goodness and mercy on us. If the middle of your fast, you may be feeling tired or uncertain. God may be bringing things up and stirring things up in …
I imagine David, dripping with sweat and tears running in streaks through the dust on his face, kneeling in the dirt with is head bowed. Strength comes into him as he grips his fists tightly, clenches his teeth and with a deep roar from his belly cries out, "Bring me the ephod!"
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by bad news or surrounded by evil? When we are in a battle, it can feel like we are already defeated. But, as believers in Jesus, we aren't fighting for a victory, but from a place of victory.
Even your spiritual dryness is a sign that you need a rainfall. If you feel far away- that means there is a closeness you desire. Your lack signifies your need. You were created for spiritual food. Let's pray!
There is one thing the disciples did not have at Gesthemane that we have. They did not have the indwelling Holy Spirit. They didn't have access to the power of God in their inner beings to strengthen their "inner man" for the arduous time they were walking in. Those who believe in Jesus have access to the store houses of the Spirit of God, since we are sealed with the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:13-14.) We can pray that God will build us up in our inner beings that Jesus will dwell in our hearts through faith. Ephesians 3:16-17 " I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith."
This is a dream that my friend Denise was given in May- “After a day of fasting, praying and being in God's Word, the Lord gave me this vision in the middle of May. What I saw was this: An older man dressed in a gray/black suit with a white shirt was on his knees praying on his face. He was weeping and crying out to the Lord....”