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Awakening: Understanding Prayers  and Fasting
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Awakening: Understanding Prayers and Fasting

Theme: Prayers and fasting

Mark 9:29 - "And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting". What is Prayers and Fasting?

 

Prayer is defined as communication with God which includes listening to his word, worshiping, adoring and petitioning him, as well as confessing sins and interceding for others while Fasting is defined as abstaining from some kinds of food or drink especially for a religious observance - Matthew 6:16 -18, 9:14 -17.

Fasting is a deliberate abstinence of food and other pleasures of the flesh aimed at subduing the flesh and the mind and increasing the sensitivity of the spirit to the things of the holy spirit.

When the flesh keep on increasing by being naurished by the desires of the flesh as seen in Galatians 5:19 - Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like.

 

The works of the flesh chocks the flow of the presence of God and limits the work of the holy spirit in us.

 

When we fast, we experience weakness. A gradual depletion of physical strength. Our body grows weak. In this state, our choices of physical activities are narrowed down, our flesh is subdued. Moreover, when we fast, gradually our minds become subdued too. It becomes relatively hard to be logical, mentally aware. It becomes a chore to process the smallest thoughts. The mind goes numb. physical activities are narrowed down, our flesh is subdued. We truly feel we are dying…. And really we are....

 

As you empty yourself physically, you open the door for God to step in and do the miraculous. Your relationship with the Lord is taken to a whole new level. You also become more sensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit, which enables you to hear God’s voice more clearly.

 

Not only does fasting and prayer help us focus on God, but through that time, it brings us closer to Him and changes our hearts. When we fast, we subdue our flesh while we keep our spirit alert. If you have always sought for a way to keep in touch with your Spirit and the Holy Spirit, there is a Highway to the Spirit! It is called fasting!Choose to get on this road.

 

Fasting is a discipline that every christian should have. in matthew 6:16 -18, Jesus starts by saying "when you fast...." Jesus’ words imply that fasting will be a regular practice in His followers’ lives. In this scripture, Jesus demonstrated about the discipline which every christian should have; the discipline of prayers and fasting.

 

Fasting is a discipline that all christians should have. Jesus did not say..."if you fast; He said "....when you fast".

  • Every christian is expected to have the discipline of praying and fasting.
  • When you are fasting, all of your five senses become very alert and sharp. You are able to sense many things that are happening around  you, for example, you can be able to feel the smells of different kinds of food or you become sensitive and critical to talk that is aimlessly spoken.
  • Not every person is able to fast.
  • Only people who desires to know God more practice fasting. 

What do we chieve / the importance of fasting?

  • Fasting does not change God's heart towards you. Rather; fasting changes your heart to hear and to understand God's purpose and will over your life!
  • Fasting prepares you for the works God has ordained for you to do.
  • When you are fasting, the word of God in your heart and his truth becomes more meaningful to you.
  • Fasting changes the christian who is fasting to hear and to know the will of God.

 

Many times Christians eat themselves to death! Yes! they are dead because they cannot perceive or here the Holy Spirit imploring their heart in the things of God. They live a life that is powerless, has no effect and has no impact.

 

People fast for the following reasons.

  1. To prepare for ministry. Jesus spent forty days and nights in the wilderness fasting and praying before He began God’s work on this earth. He needed time alone to prepare for what His Father had called Him to do (Matthew 4:1-17; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-14). 
  2. To seek God’s wisdom. Paul and Barnabas prayed and fasted for the elders of the churches before committing them to the Lord for His service (Acts 14:23).
  3. To show grief. Nehemiah mourned, fasted, and prayed when he learned Jerusalem’s walls had been broken down, leaving the Israelites vulnerable and disgraced (Nehemiah 1:1-4).
  4. To seek deliverance or protection. Ezra declared a corporate fast and prayed for a safe journey for the Israelites as they made the nine-hundred- mile trek in the dust. He then ordered the people to fast and pray. Jonah 3:10 says, “When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, He relented and did not bring on them the destruction He had threatened.” 
  5. To gain victory. After losing forty thousand men in battle in two days, the Israelites cried out to God for help. Judges 20:26 says all the people went up to Bethel and “sat weeping before the Lord.” They also “fasted that day until evening.” The next day the Lord gave them victory over the Benjamites. 
  6. To worship God. Luke 2 tells the story of an eighty-four-year-old prophetess named Anna. Verse 37 says, “She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.” Anna was devoted to God, and fasting was one expression of her love for Him. 

Reasons for Fasting Fasting was an expected discipline in both the Old and New Testament eras.

  1. Fasting and prayer can restore the loss of the “first love” for your Lord and result in a more intimate relationship with Christ.
  2. Fasting is a biblical way to truly humble yourself in the sight of God.
  3. Fasting enables the Holy Spirit to reveal your true spiritual condition, resulting in brokenness, repentance, and a transformed life.
  4. Fasting will encourage the Holy Spirit to quicken the Word of God in your heart and His truth will become more meaningful to you.
  5. Fasting can transform your prayer life into a richer and more personal experience.
  6. Fasting can result in a dynamic personal revival in your own life and make you a channel of revival to others.

 

 

The Quote


As you empty yourself physically, you open the door for God to step in and do the miraculous. Your relationship with the Lord is taken to a whole new level. You also become more sensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit, which enables you to hear God’s voice more clearly.


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