Presentation on theme: "FASTING WITH PRAYER Mat 6:16-18 "Whenever you fast, don't be gloomy like the hypocrites. For they put on sad faces to show others they are fasting. Truly."— Presentation transcript:
FASTING WITH PRAYER Mat 6:16-18 "Whenever you fast, don't be gloomy like the hypocrites. For they put on sad faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have their full reward! But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting will not be noticed by others but by your Father who sees in secret. And your Father who is in secret will reward you."
Why would we fast & pray A means to get closer to God. A means to get closer to God. Fasting is self affliction for spirit control. Fasting is self affliction for spirit control. Depriving ourselves of food for a spirit purpose. Depriving ourselves of food for a spirit purpose. A private discipline that brings public reward. A private discipline that brings public reward. To know God at a deeper spiritual level. To know God at a deeper spiritual level. To seek God’s attention to a spiritual problem. To seek God’s attention to a spiritual problem. To praise, be thankful, intercede & magnify God. To praise, be thankful, intercede & magnify God. To seek and search for God To seek and search for God
DIFFERENT KINDS OF FASTING “Absolute Fast” Eliminate food & liquid. “Absolute Fast” Eliminate food & liquid. Three days, seven days & over is destructive Three days, seven days & over is destructive “Normal Fast” Eliminate food take liquids Forty days and beyond. “Partial Fast” Eliminate selected diet items. No limit depending upon the selection “Daniel Fast” Eliminate meats and sweets. Went 10 days. Conclusion: We can design our own fast. Conclusion: We can design our own fast.
FASTING REFRESHES It gives our digestive system a rest. It rids the body of toxins, noted by Urine color darker. It gives us meal times to pray and seek God. It adds spiritual control over flesh to end bad habits. The nearer to God our faith grows stronger. We increase our power to resist Satan. We increase our strength & spirits freedom to grow. We get God’s deeper attention to our need. Our relationship to God bring greater rewards. Our relationship to God bring greater rewards.
WE ARE NOT REQUIRED TO FAST WE ARE NOT REQUIRED TO FAST Our prayers will still be answered. Our faith can grow without fasting. Our salvation is not diminished. God will bless us his love is not dimished. With fasting & prayer we’ll have greater rewards. With fasting & prayer our health will be better. Some things can only happen by fasting & prayer. We can maintain a closer relationship. Our spirit is to control our bodies true needs.
SCRIPTURES & FASTING Mat. 4:1-2 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. Act 13:2-3 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. 3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
SCRIPTURES & FASTING Mat 15:32 Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way. Mat 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. Act 10:30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
SCRIPTURES & FASTING Act 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed. 1Co 7:4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. 1Co 7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency
SCRIPTURES & FASTING Est 4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. 17 So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him. Est 5:6 And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? even to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed.
SCRIPTURES & FASTING Psa 35:12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul. 13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. Neh 9:1 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them. 2 And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.
HAVE WE FASTED & PRAYED? HAVE WE FASTED & PRAYED? Yes, 24 hrs. once a year for several years. About a list of things passed out in advance. Was it effective yes, God answers our prayers. Was all things we prayed for positive, No. Did everyone in the congregation fast, No. Why not? They have not been taught how & why. Is it important now for all to fast & pray? Yes! Why? God expects us to fast and pray. Name one great thing for us to fast and pray for.
WE NEED MORE SPACE! How about two services. It’s a partial temporary fix. Parking is still a problem now and with 2 service How about adding on or up and stay together? No real-estate to expand here. What is the cost of relocating in larger facility? More than we have for lot and building. Is this problem beyond our capability? Now, Yes! Then what is the answer for us? Calling the congregation to fast and pray for God to give us a solution or bless us with a $1 million growth!
COULD WE HAVE FAITH FOR A MILLION $ I can. Yes! Is it a good cause? Yes, if we plan to teach with it. Do we want to grow? Yes, God wants us to grow. Is God capable of that kind of blessing? Get real!!! God does it for denominations all around us. We would need opportunities, doors to open. People to challenge and God to please. What can we do? Fast and Pray, that’s what Gods children do for solutions from God. Let us get closer to God by fasting & prayer.
HOW DO WE START? 1. I challenge every one here to plan a 3 day fast and pray for a problem you want God’s attention to heal. 2. Face Satan's attempt to stop you for 3 days. 3. Learn how to confront him, note his ways. 4. Share your fear of fasting with me for help. 5. This will prepare you for the time we ask you and other members for all to fast. 6. This will build your faith for our cause to expand & grow. You will be glad you did!
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