The Power of Fasting and Prayer – November 8, 2015

Daniel 11:23 (NET) – Then with smooth words he will defile those who have rejected the covenant. But the people who are loyal to their God will act valiantly.

Matthew 17:21 (NKJV) – However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”.

Matthew 17: 17- 20 –  17 Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.”18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”

20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;[a] for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Why must you Pray and Fast?

People may be going through issues and you may fail in trying to deal with them because some issues may require that you pray and fast for that issue to disappear.

You must engage that issue with FAITH. You need to pray and fast for the difficult issues that you face. Certain situations maybe demonically inspired against you which means that you need a stronger power to deal with that issue.

Learn to bind the strongman in order to overcome every limitation, stagnation and obstacle you face in your life.

Isaiah 58:6 – 6 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen:Prayer-and-Fasting

To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?

“As a believer, the devil cannot possess you, but he can oppress you.” – Pastor Austyn.

1 John 3:8 – 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

Fast with a purpose!

“It is dangerous to put your trust in the arm of the flesh. You must put your trust in God.” – Pastor Austyn.

If you want to engage God you must do 3 things:454064160_640

  1. Pray
  2. Fast
  3. Give

When you pray, you will release the favor of God in your life. Everytime you come out of a fast, you become a different person.

You cannot afford to play “Church”.

Daniel 10:11-13 – 11 And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling. 12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.

If you want a different result to your circumstances, you must do something that you have not done before.

 Matthew 6:5 – The Model Prayer

5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

Matthew 6:16 – Fasting to Be Seen Only by God

16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

This song is by Casting Crowns called Good Good Father. May it bless your spirit today.