A Special Time

Special Note: Free 40-Day Prayer Journal HERE

Fasting and Praying

 "Do you have a hunger for God? If we don't feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because we have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because we have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Our soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great. If we are full of what the world offers, then perhaps a fast might express, or even increase, our soul's appetite for God." —John Piper

Beginning tomorrow, February 1, I plan, with my church, to set aside 40 days for prayer and fasting. It is a way to start our New Year by asking God to manifest His Spirit in our lives, allowing us to “drink deeply” and sense God’s presence as the quote above says.

Every year the Lord gives me a word for my personal life and ministry. The word the Lord gave me for the year  2018 is fire! (See January 1 devotional.)

Consuming, purifying, cleansing, healing fire. Fire that is ready to burn into our lives as we are renewed and filled with the Holy Spirit.

This is the year God wants us to be on fire for Him!

Praying and fasting is a biblical practice that gives us the opportunity to focus on the Lord and to find extra time and energy to pray and hear God’s voice. Examples of fasting in the Bible include:

  • Moses Fasted Before Receiving the Commandments – Deuteronomy 9:9-18
  • David Mourning His Child’s Illness – 2 Samuel 12:1-23
  • Elijah Fasted While Escaping Jezebel – 1 Kings 19:4-8
  • Ezra Fasted While Mourning Over Sin – Ezra 10:6-17
  • Esther Fasted for the Safety of the Jews – Esther 4:15-17
  • Daniel Fasted for an Answer to Prayer – Daniel 10:1-3
  • Jesus Fasted Before Temptation by Satan – Matthew 4:1-2
  • Paul Fasted After His Conversion – Acts 9:1-9  

I suggest you pray for three things:

  • Ask to be filled and renewed by the Holy Spirit.
  • Ask God to bring down strongholds and break the idols in your life —anything that would hold back God’s outpouring of blessings.
  • Revival! May God’s blessings down pour and overflow in our lives!

I like what John Piper said above. Our souls are stuffed with “small things and there is no room for the great.” I can think of nothing greater than hearing God speak and experiencing the fire of His Holy Spirit in our lives.

A fast will impact other lives. John Wesley said, "Bear up the hands that hang down, by faith and prayer; support the tottering knees. Have you any days of fasting and prayer? Storm the throne of grace and persevere, and mercy will come down."

Pray and ask the Lord to show you how to fast, then prepare for a wonderful 40 days of living in God’s presence and experiencing His love.

We are offering you a free prayer journal for these forty days. You can pick up a booklet at Maranatha Chapel or download it HERE.

May this time be a wonderful revelation of God’s power and presence!

Note:  We recognize that fasting is an individual, personal time between you and the Lord. Choose the fast that is best for you. While fasting means abstaining from food for most people, it can also be abstaining from something else to give you deeper time in prayer and fellowship with the Lord. Not everyone can fast from food, but if you give up something in order to focus on the Lord, that can be a meaningful fast. St. Augustine recognized this when he wrote, “If you are not able to keep a fast today, at least partake of food with moderation.”

 

 

DEVOTIONALSRay Bentley