Firstly, Jesus declared in His teaching in Matthew 6 that God rewards those who give alms (verses 1-4), those who pray (verses 5-6) and those who fast (verses 16-18).
Our church, as a corporate body, have declared a 21days of Prayer and Fasting. A time of seeking God, consecration and to have spiritual discipline. To put God first (Matt. 6:33).
Fasting and prayer are power twins. They work together. They enable self-control as they help us to crucify the flesh and to walk in the Spirit (Gal.5:16, 24-26). To walk in the Spirit means to follow the Holy Spirit, to walk according to God Word's (His word is spirit and life - John 6:63) and to walk in love (God is a Spirit - John 4:24, God is love - 1 John 4:8). We walk in line and in tune with the Spirit and the Word.
The 21days of prayer and fasting is a Daniel fast. A Daniel fast is to eat vegetables (we will eat no pleasant food), drink water and pray three times a day (Dan. 10:1-3, Dan. 6:10). This is to crucify the flesh and to exercise self-control so that we are not led by the flesh but we submit ourselves to God in our spirit. It is spiritual discipline. This produces spiritual intimacy with God and enables spiritual strength. Daniel received revelation of God's word, knowledge and wisdom as the Lord revealed to Him secrets (Dan. 2:47). He had spiritual discernment and knew the timing of God.
"There are two essentials in life:It is imperative to hear the voice of God and to know the timing of God."
When we fast and pray, it is a way of humbling ourselves before God. He promised in His Word when we humble ourselves, He will lift us up ( James 4:10, 1 Pet. 5:6). Just like Daniel was elevated, so will we when we seek the Lord in prayer and fasting. Daniel was also protected from Lions (Dan. 6:16 -23). You have to remember that when we fast and pray, we will be elevated by the Lord and people will be jealous! They will see the difference in our lives. They will see us blessed! The devil will do his utmost to discourage, distract and to destroy us. The devil goes around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet.5:8) but when we have spiritual intimacy and disciplines, he cannot touch us! The Lord will shut his mouth (Dan. 6: 22) and he will not be able to harm us! We have divine protection!
Daniel was also wiser and more powerful than the magicians, astrologers, sorcerers (witchcraft) and Chaldeans (Dan. 2). The occult has limited power but the power of God is unlimited. That power is available to all believers (Luke 10: 19, Mark 16: 17-20). We are strengthen in our inner man through prayer and fasting (Eph. 3: 14-21).
The 21days of Prayer and Fasting will be in 3 phases of 7 days. The first seven days will be a time to seek the Lord in worship. To consecrate ourselves. To set ourselves apart and to seek His face. I encourage everyone to put worship music and to pray in tongues. Then the following seven days will be a time of warfare, the prayer of binding and loosing, to exercise our spiritual authority over the enemy. Lastly, we will close the last seven days with praise and thanksgiving.
21 days of prayer and fasting 11th to 31st January 2017.
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