Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Results of Fasting and Prayer

  1. Through fasting, one consecrate and dedicated him/her self to God.

  • Jesus Christ the Son of the living God was on consecration fast during the 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-2)
  • Moses consecrated himself through 40 days and 40 nights fasting during the time he met with god on mount Sinai (Ex:34:28). In another occasion, Moses fasted for 40 days and nights on behalf of Israel and God reverse His decision (Deu 9:18-20)
  1. Elijah after being ministered to by an angel in the wilderness, consecrated, dedicated and prepared himself with 40 days and 40 nights fasting to meet with God at Mount Horeb (1 King 19:8)
  2. Fasting fortifies our prayer to destroy the works of the enemy and gain victory over them. (2 Chron 20:3, 4:27)
  3. Through fasting, we can seek God’s guidance and protection from danger. (Ezra 8:21-23)
  4. Through fasting, we can experience healing and restoration (Neh 1:4, 2:8)
  5. Through fasting, we can intercede for our nation (Esther 4:15-16)
  6. Through fasting, we obtain favour through the divine favour of God. (Esther 5:1-4)
  7. Through fasting, we can see and experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:30-48)
  8. Through fasting, we can be delivered from danger (Acts 27:33-36, 44)
  9. Through fasting, we can walk in a greater spiritual dimension and fellowship with God.
  10. Through fasting, we can receive knowledge through revelation.
  11. Through fasting, we will be able to fight and win great spiritual battles.
  12. Through fasting, we can have power to intercede on behalf of our families and nations.
  13. Through fasting, we can see healing and restoration come to the body of Christ.
  14. Through fasting, we persevere in the spirit and execute judgment upon the devil

Inner Characteristics of Fasting

It gives expression to grief
1 Sam 31:1

2 Sam 1: 12, 3:35

Neh 1:4

Esther 4:3

Psalm 35: 13-14

It gives expression of penitence, sorrow and regret

1 Sam 7:6

1 Kings 21:27

Neh 9:1-2

Dan 9:3-4

Jonah 3:5-8

It is a way by which men might humble themselves

Ezra 8:21

Psalm 69:10

It is also INNA NAPSO
(Hebrew translated TO AFFLICT THE SOUL)

It draws men’s attention towards securing divine guidance

Ex 34:28

Deut 9:9

2 Sam 12:16-23

2 Chron 20:3-4

Ezra 8:21-23

Fasting without right conduct is in vain

Jer 14:11-12

What Fasting Does in the Life of A Believer?

Fasting humbles the soul before God.
Psalm 35:13

It chastens the soul
Psalm 69:10

It crucifies the appetites and denies them so as to give entire time to prayer
2 Sam 12:16-23/Matt 4: 1-11

It manifest earnestness before God to the exclusion of all else
1 Cor 7:5

It shows obedience and it gives rest to the digestive system
Matt 6:16-18, 9:15/ Luke 5:33

It demonstrate the mastery of man over appetites

It aides in temptations

It helps to attain power over demons

It develops faith

Fasting crucifies unbelief and aids in prayer
Matthew 17:14-21

Let it be understood that believers ought to fast as led by the Spirit of God. There is no hard and fast rule or regulations or set rules or regulations or set rules given as how long or how often a believer can fast. How long or how often is determined by individual desires and needs. Since fasting and prayers are so prominent in the scripture, modern Christians or our generation of believers should do more of this until they receive power from God over all the powers of the devil.