Dear Prayer Igniter
Has God been whispering to you
about fasting and prayer?
Saints! This is a very tough IGNITE to write! It may be an even tougher issue to read! So let us PRAY NOW: “Dear Lord, if reading this IGNITE will lead to deeper intimacy with You causing Your greater Kingdom impact through my life, then help me hear what You are saying then obey what You say, in Jesus name amen.”
FAST? Who me? No way!
When many Christians hear the word “Fasting” … it sends shivers and quivers through their brain. That may be you right now. I know it has with me! But guess what? It does the same in demons. Demons know what one dedicated Christian who determines to start incorporating fasting with prayer has the ability through God to stop the rain … and to bring the rain. Demons know that as God wills, one believer in Jesus Christ incorporating fasting with prayer can call fire down out of heaven to destroy evil here on earth.
SO WHY FAST?
- Because Jesus did, is the best and most biblical reason. Jesus only began His healing signs and wonders ministry after He had fasted 40 days in the desert.
- Because fasting brings the Holy Spirit power of God into and through your life.
- Because when you give up the big daddy of all desires, that of food and draw near to God, He will draw near to you...” Humbling yourself and fasting is one of the best ways to draw near to God.
- When many begin to fast in a community, God honors this humbling of His people (1 Chronicles 7:14) and often ignites a spiritual awakening.
MY PERSONAL FASTING JOURNEY
This is the difficult part! I am not telling you about my fasting to get any attention. I am sharing this because the Holy Spirit clearly directed me to encourage our IGNITE recipients in this spiritual discipline. If you are tempted to stop reading I urge you to press on because your and many others lives could step onto God's "Awakening Train" as a result of deepening or beginning a "Fasted Lifestyle".
GOD USED THESE HEART MARKERS TO INSPIRE ME TO DESIRE TO FAST:
- 1993 having lunch with a dear Promise Keeper friend, Steve Anderson, who was in his 5th day of fasting.
- 1995-8 Attending & reading Bill Bright’s fasting and prayer summits and books.
- 2008 reading Jentezen Franklin’s book “Fasting” which led me into a 21 day fast.
- 2014 health trials, city reaching prayer and reading The Atomic Power of God through Fasting by Franklin Hall (click to view) leading me into a current extended fast.
GOD IS STIRRING OUR HEARTS IN HOUSTON!
With both the Reinhard Bonnke February Crusades and a united citywide prayer raising movement stirring I want to challenge you to ask God these questions, then be still and listen. Please ask them even if you are reading IGNITE in some other part of the world.
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