92 FastingPosted: March 25, 2014
And when you pray…When you fast…The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast. Matthew 6:5, 16, 9:15
Yet when [those who repay me evil for good] were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting. Ps. 35:13
“We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church, and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. Acts 14:22-23
The twenty fourth secret to finding humility is Fasting.
Have you prayed, received prayer and waited with no discernible change for the better? Have you considered fasting and praying? Last year, we listened to a tape series on fasting and prayer called (take a guess), “Fasting & Prayer” (see below for link to Amazon page where you can purchase this audio tape series). This tape series had stories about what happened when people fasted and prayed.
We experience the presence of the Holy Spirit, but how much of His power do we experience? Do we see miracles and healing for which God exhorted us to pray? God wants to help us with our jobs, neighbors, friends and families. Do we want His help? Then let’s seek God. God has helped us. Yet, we could use more. We could see God move even more powerfully when we fast and pray. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)
I send these e-letters to a variety of people, some of whom practice fasting and others who may know little about it. Someone might be surprised that I am even talking about it. Fasting can be painful. When I feel called to a fast, I whine and complain. I moan and groan. I do not like it. I do not want to do anything that causes discomfort. Our comfort-seeking society agrees. However, Jesus talked about fasting, so I feel called to look into it.
Fasting by itself feels humbling because it shows us how weak and needy we are. We more easily and fervently cry out to God for His help and comfort when we fast. We humble ourselves intensely when we fast. (I Chr. 7:14)
Total food fasting may not be for all of us because of medical reasons. We can consider fasting food items such as candy bars. We could also fast activities, such as watching TV. I hope no one fasts from reading the e-letters!
I would like to pray about specific needs you may have. Please let us know your prayer requests.
Hungering for The Bread of Life,
WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement Bringing grace and truth to the downcast comforting others with the comfort, which we have been comforted
We have a dream & need support and prayers.
Back to Outline: http://www.livingwithperfectionism.wordpress.com