The Power Twins Prayer & Fasting Break Oppression
During this time of season Christians have times of prayer and fasting. Some announce 21 days of fasting abstaining different kinds of food and drink. The Daniel kick! Fasting is more about self denial than it is for self improvement. Some fast to lose weight or to impress God the Father or other people such as their Pastor or church leaders. Our motives need to be pure.
Jesus encourages us to pray and fast in the sermon on the mount. Matthew 6:5-18 (see below)
Jesus said “when you pray” ,”when you fast”, do not do as the hypocrites do. I realize corporate prayer and fasting can be challenging to keep in secret, but there are times in our personal walk with the Lord we need to proclaim a fast along with prayer. Queen Esther shows us a powerful example of prayer and fasting where God intervened to save the Jews.
You may have a great need or someone else has a great need and you decide to declare a fast with prayer in faith.
The times we go on a fast should not be out of duty, but led by the Spirit of God so the power of heaven can intervene in your situation or for someone else who may need a miracle and some kind of spiritual breakthrough.
Hannah in Samuel 1 was childless, greatly distressed, and desperate for God’s intervention. She made a vow to God if you will indeed look on… Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord . Eli the priest thought she was drunk. “Oh no, sir!” she replied. “I haven’t been drinking wine or anything stronger. But I am very discouraged, and I was pouring out my heart to the Lord . Don’t think I am a wicked woman! For I have been praying out of great anguish and sorrow.”
1 Samuel 1:10, 15-16 NLT
God blessed Hannah with a son she named Samuel saying, because I have asked of the Lord.
Is the Lord is speaking to you to ‘pour out your heart’ to him today? Fasting can be a meal, a day, a week, etc. How ever long God leads you keep praying and fasting until you experience answered prayer or a miracle breakthrough.
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ’ For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Matthew 6:5-18 NIV