History is in the hands of the intercessors. Throughout the ages fasting has been a powerful tool to intensify prayer. Prayer and fasting empowers a person to change their personal history and a people to change their national history. For example:
Jesus taught us to fast and pray too. He just admonished us not to do it as the hypocrites did. (Matt. 6:16-18).
The early Church also practiced regular fasting and prayer. The Apostle Paul when describing his ministry in 1 Corinthians 6:3-10 said in verse that he was involved in "watchings" and "fastings." Watching refers to abstaining from sleep and fasting refers to abstaining from food.
On January 2-8 our Church is entering into a 7 day fast to kick off the new year. We expect to change history by being one of those lights that shines in darkness in 2014. Click here for God's word about a light shined in darkness in 2014. Here are some practical guidelines and lessons learned about how to fast.
Much of what I learned about fasting initially came through two books. God's Chosen Fast by Arthur Wallis and Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting by Derek Prince. Here are some guidelines.
Physical Aspects of Fasting
As we enter into this fast kicking off 2014 I want to challenge you to draw closer to our Lord this year and craft your personal history through prayer and fasting. Second, I want to challenge you to join us in changing the history of this city and every other city where one of our leaders is using ORT to mobilize the Church to pray in their city.
For Part 2 of this teaching click here for The Fast That God Chooses is Loaded with Benefits.