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Prayer with Fasting, The Fasted Lifestyle

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Prayer with Fasting, The Fasted Lifestyle

  1. 1. NIHOP January 2016 PRAYER WITH FASTING, AND THE FASTED LIFESTYLE
  2. 2. RECALLING THE GLORY OF THE FIRST (“old”) COVENANT: EXODUS 19:10 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes, 11 And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. 12 And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death: 13 There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount. 14 And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes. 15 And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third
  3. 3. Exodus 19 16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. 17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. 18 AND MOUNT SINAI WAS ALTOGETHER ON A SMOKE, BECAUSE THE LORD DESCENDED UPON IT IN FIRE: AND THE SMOKE THEREOF ASCENDED AS THE SMOKE OF A FURNACE, AND THE WHOLE MOUNT QUAKED GREATLY. 19 And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. 20 And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up.
  4. 4. PICTURES OF MT. SINAI (IN SAUDI ARABIA) today
  5. 5. NOTICE THE WHOLE MOUNTAIN IS BURNT
  6. 6. The site of the golden calf
  7. 7. Rock at Rephidim were water gushed out when Moses struck the rock
  8. 8. The evidence of God’s mighty work is still there:
  9. 9. Site where Moses built an altar
  10. 10. Where Israel camped in the wilderness: A PLACE ABSOLUTELY BARREN
  11. 11. WHAT IS THE POINT OF ALL THESE? 1. THE GLORY OF THE LORD WHICH WAS REVEALED WHEN THE LAW WAS GIVEN WAS VERY REAL – a burnt mountain still stands today; how much more will the glory be of the new covenant of grace? HOW REAL CAN THE MANIFESTATION OF THE GLORY BE? 2. The wilderness beneath the mountain of Sinai is absolutely barren; YET, THE LORD SUSTAINED ISRAEL (AT THAT TIME AT LEAST TWO MILLION PEOPLE) FOR FORTY YEARS! How much more able is God able to sustain us today???
  12. 12. NOW WE GO TO THE GREAT SUBJECT MATTER OF PRAYER
  13. 13. The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray (Luke 11:1-13) 1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” 2 He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread. 4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’
  14. 14. Luke 11  5 Then he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6 because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’ 7 “Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
  15. 15. Luke 11  “9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:1-13
  16. 16. THIS WAS A REVOLUTIONARY TEACHING FOR THREE REASONS: FIRST, the Jews NEVER PRAYED TO GOD AS THEIR FATHER; God was the “God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” but never “the Father…” THEY CANNOT EVEN PRONOUNCE THE NAME OF GOD!! Now Jesus is telling them to call God THEIR FATHER!! - Jesus was telling them that those who believe in Jesus have become the sons (children) of God (John 1:12), and therefore, God has also become their Father - That the prayer of the Christian is towards God AS THEIR FATHER (OUR – FATHER) - And because God is OUR LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER, all we need is ask, seek and find, and we will receive, and find and the door will be opened to us
  17. 17. SECOND REASON (why this was a revolutionary teaching): JESUS TAUGHT THAT THE MAIN THING ABOUT PRAYER IS the HOLY SPIRIT, AND THAT YOU CAN ASK THE FATHER TO GIVE YOU THE HOLY SPIRIT: “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:1-13
  18. 18. BECAUSE OF THIS REVOLUTIONARY TEACHING: 1. PRAYER HAS BEEN MADE SIMPLE 2. PRAYER HAS BEEN MADE AN ISSUE OF RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER, AND NOT OF RELIGION 3. PRAYER IS A DELIGHT, NOT A DUTY 4. PRAYER, IN A VERY REAL SENSE, HAS BECOME VERY, VERY EASY, JUST LIKE TALKING TO YOUR LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER. 5. UNDERSTANDING THE WORK OF, AND WORKING WITH, THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS BECOME VERY CRUCIAL IN A VIBRANT PRAYER LIFE (“PRAY IN THE SPIRIT”…)
  19. 19. There is a THIRD REASON: The Lord’s Prayer is a COMPLETE OUTLINE of LIFE 1. Our Father – GOD’S PATERNITY (Who is our father? Paternity - identity) 2. Who art in Heaven – GOD’S PLACE (Where do we belong? citizenship) 3. Hallowed be Thy Name – GOD’S PRAISE (What do we seek?) 4. Thy Kingdom come – GOD’S PROGRAM (What is our involvement?) 5. Thy will be done… – GOD’S PRIORITY (What is important, truly matters?) 6. Give us this day our daily bread – GOD’S PROVISION (Who is our security for our needs?) 7. And forgive us our trespasses – GOD’S PARDON (Have we found freedom?) 8. As we forgive those who trespass against us – GOD’S PRE- REQUISITE (Have we released others who have hurt us? MICAH – WHAT DOES GOD REQUIRE?) 9. And lead us not into temptation – GOD’S PATH (How do we
  20. 20. With these… PRAYER INDEED DOES SOUND SO SIMPLE AND EASY. WHAT THEN IS FASTING? IS IT NECESSARY? WILL IT NOT COMPLICATE THINGS? DO WE STILL NEED TO FAST IF GOD IS OUR LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER?
  21. 21. LET US SEE HOW CHRIST HIMSELF PRAYED (Hebrews 5) 5 In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”[a] 6 And he says in another place, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”[b] 7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
  22. 22. WE ARE ALSO PRIESTS: AND MUCH, IN FACT, MOST OF OUR PRAYERS COME FROM OUR ROYAL PRIESTHOOD (1 PETER 2)  4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by Godand precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house[a] to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
  23. 23. LET US, THEREFORE, DISTINGUISH THE PRAYER OF A SON/DAUGHTER to the Father, FROM THE SON/DAUGHTER ACTING AS INTERCESSOR before a Holy God  WHEN WE PRESENT TO GOD OUR NEEDS, WE COME TO HIM AS A FATHER, AND PRAYER IS SIMPLE, SPONTANEOUS, FREE, EASY…  BUT WHEN WE STAND IN THE GAP FOR OTHERS, WHEN WE PRAY FOR OTHERS, FOR THE NATION, THIS IS NOW INTERCESSION, AND WE STAND BETWEEN GOD AND MAN AS GOD’S
  24. 24. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRAYER AND INTERCESSION: I Timothy 2  2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a
  25. 25. PAUL ON PRAYER: I THESSALONIANS 3  9For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account,  10 AS WE NIGHT AND DAY KEEP PRAYING MOST EARNESTLY THAT WE MAY SEE YOUR FACE, AND MAY COMPLETE WHAT IS LACKING IN YOUR FAITH;  11 Now may our God and Father Himself and Jesus our Lord direct our way to you;…
  26. 26. 2 TIMOTHY 1:3  I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day, 4longing to see you, even as I recall your tears, so that I may be filled with joy.
  27. 27. EPHESIANS 3:14-21  For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
  28. 28. WHEN PEOPLE PRAY ALL NIGHT, IN TEARS, TRAVAILING IN INTERCESSION, ARE THEY MAKING PRAYER “COMPLICATED”? Is this what we call “pudag-pudag”?
  29. 29. Colossians 1: 3-14  For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
  30. 30. ACTS 20:31 (Paul to the Ephesian brethren): So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.
  31. 31. Which brings us to the subject of FASTING: HEBREW WORD – TSOM GREEK WORD – NESTEIA Meaning “to deprive oneself, to deny oneself”; to afflict one’s self; “to say no to a
  32. 32. The most comprehensive statement on THE PURPOSE OF FASTING (ISAIAH 58) 6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness[a] will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. 9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
  33. 33. ISAIAH 58  “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. 11 The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. 12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
  34. 34. ISAIAH 58 (Keeping the Sabbath is a form of fasting) 13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, 14 then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
  35. 35. The MOST COMPREHENSIVE STATEMENT ON FASTING (Isaiah 58): 1. TO LOOSE THE BANDS OF WICKEDNESS (deliverance) v. 6a 2. UNDO HEAVY BURDENS v. 6b 3. LET THE OPPRESSED GO FREE v. 6c 4. BREAK EVERY YOKE v. 6d 5. BREAK THE SPIRIT OF POVERTY (“GIVE BREAD TO THE HUNGRY AND PROVIDE THE POOR WITH SHELTER) v. 7 6. BREAKTHROUGH (“allow people’s light to break forth like the morning”) v. 8 7. HEALTH AND HEALING v. 8b 8. CAUSE RIGHTEOUSNESS TO SHINE v. 10
  36. 36. The example of Jesus: 1. YESHUA FASTED 2. AND CLEARLY TAUGHT FASTING.
  37. 37. Matthew 4 1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." 4 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.' " THE NEXT VERSES SHOW THAT: - Jesus overcame Satan - began to preach
  38. 38. YESHUA ALSO TAUGHT FASTING AT LEAST THREE THINGS HE TAUGHT ABOUT FASTING:
  39. 39. 1. The friends of the bridegroom will fast when the bridegroom is away - LUKE 5:33- 39  Jesus Questioned About Fasting 33 They said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.” 34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? 35 BUT THE TIME WILL COME WHEN THE BRIDEGROOM WILL BE TAKEN FROM THEM; IN THOSE DAYS THEY WILL FAST.” 36 He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old
  40. 40. Here he said something VERY INTERESTING: FASTING IS CONNECTED TO THE ABILITY TO RECEIVE NEW WINE Luke 5:36 He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. “ CHURCHES THAT DO NOT GET INTO FERVENT, SPIRIT-LED PRAYING, WITH FASTING, will HAVE DIFFICULTY RECEIVING NEW WINE, NEW
  41. 41. 2. Second thing Jesus taught: FASTING IS REGULAR – Matthew 6 Giving to the Needy 6 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.  Prayer 5 “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. 6 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.  Fasting 16 “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. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is
  42. 42. 3. Third thing Jesus taught: Fasting is required for higher spiritual authority – Matthew 17 14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, 15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. 17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and
  43. 43. Matthew 17 18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. 19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21 HOWBEIT THIS KIND GOETH NOT OUT BUT BY PRAYER AND FASTING
  44. 44. The “MECHANICAL EXPLANATION” for FASTING (I Corinthians 15)  If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”[f]; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is OF heaven.48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are OF heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we[g] bear the image of the heavenly man.  50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, THAT FLESH AND BLOOD CANNOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD, nor does the perishable
  45. 45. FLESH CANNOT RECEIVE SPIRITUAL THINGS -- I CORINTHIANS 2 6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, 9However, as it is written: "NO EYE HAS SEEN, NO EAR HAS HEARD, NO MIND HAS CONCEIVED WHAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM"-- 10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. 14 The man without the Spirit does not accept the
  46. 46. I CORINTHIANS 9  “24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” “I BEAT MY FLESH” OR “I AFFLICT MY FLESH” IS THE SAME WORD FOR FASTING “TO AFFLICT ONESELF”. If we do not subjugate the flesh, we
  47. 47. INSTANCES WHEN BELIEVERS FASTED IN THE BIBLE 1. WHEN INTERCEDING FOR A NATION NEHEMIAH 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. ESTHER 4:3 And in every province, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
  48. 48. 2. When we seek the face of the LORD: DANIEL 9:3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: JOEL 2:12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and
  49. 49. 3. When the work of the kingdom is undertaken and the church organized ACTS 14:21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, 22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. 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
  50. 50. 4. FOR SUPERNATURAL REVELATION  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. 32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. 33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.
  51. 51. CAUTION: Fasting is not a formula or a hunger strike to God Psalm 35:13 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. (MY PRAYERS RETURNED TO ME UNSANSWERED) 14 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I
  52. 52. 5. ZEAL FOR THE HOUSE OF THE LORD caused DAVID TO FAST (Psalm 69) – 7 Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. 8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children. 9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. 10 When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach. 11 I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them. 12 They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards. 13 But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation. 14 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.
  53. 53. 6. WHEN WE ARE UNDER UNUSUAL ATTACK (Psalm 109) 1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise; 2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. 3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.
  54. 54. Psalm 109 21 But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name's sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me. 22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me. 23 I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust. 24 My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness. 29 Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle. 30 I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude. 31 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.
  55. 55. 7. WHEN A PROPHETIC WORD OF JUDGMENT WITH HOPE IS TO BE ANNOUNCED TO THE PEOPLE JEREMIAH 36:1 And it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that this word came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2 Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day. 3 3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin. 4 Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and
  56. 56. Jeremiah 36 5 And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, I am shut up; I cannot go into the house of the LORD: 6 Therefore go thou, and read in the roll, which thou hast written from my mouth, the words of the LORD in the ears of the people in the LORD'S house upon the fasting day: and also thou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities. 7 It may be they will present their supplication before the LORD, and will return every one from his evil way: for great is the anger and the fury that the LORD hath pronounced against this people. 8 And Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, reading in the
  57. 57. Types of fast: 1. EXTREME FAST – no food, no water Moses in the entire Bible – 40 days, and another 40 days Elijah (I Kings 19:4-8) – 40 days Esther (Esther 4:15-17) – 3 days 3 nights Paul – 3 days (Acts 9:9) 2. NORMAL FAST – no food, only water Jesus (Mat. 4:1,2) 3. PARTIAL FAST (DANIEL FAST) – NO CHOICE FOOD, WINE, only vegetables and fruits - Daniel 1:8 ASK THE LORD TO DIRECT YOU WHAT KIND OF FAST YOU NEED TO DO
  58. 58. There is also a LIFESTYLE FAST: 1. Daniel 1 – abstained from the king’s meat and wine, ate only vegetables and fruits 2. John the Baptist (Luke 1) – A Nazirite by vow, abstained from wine BUTCH YULO TORAH FAST – no pork, no shrimps, no fish without scales, no talaba, no sitsaron
  59. 59. A REVIEW OF THE CHAMPIONS OF FASTING: 1. EZRA – Ezra 8:23 2. Samuel – 1 Sam. 7:6 3. Elijah – I Kings 19:4-8 4. Moses 5. Daniel 6. Paul 7. John the Baptist 8. Esther 9. David 10. THE LORD YESHUA HAMASHIACH
  60. 60. PRACTICAL TIPS ON FASTING: 1. Start with partial or lifestyle fast 2. FOR EXTREME OR ABSOLUTE FAST, it may be best to check with a Christian doctor first before you go into serious fasting – know your body condition 3. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
  61. 61. 4. Break the fast slowly
  62. 62. 5. HAVE A JOURNAL ALWAYS READY WITH YOUR BIBLE OTHER USEFUL THINGS:  CONCORDANCE  MARKERS  TAPE RECORDER  CD PLAYER/MUSIC  PRAYER MAT/KNEELING PAD  GUITAR  PRIVACY
  63. 63. PHYSICAL BENEFITS OF FASTING  Description  The principle of fasting is simple. When the intake of food is temporarily stopped, many systems of the body are given a break from the hard work of digestion. The extra energy gives the body the chance to heal and restore itself, and burning stored calories gets rid of toxic substances stored in the body.  The digestive tract is the part of the body most exposed to environmental threats, including bacteria, viruses, parasites, and toxins. It requires the most immune system support. When food is broken down in the intestines, it travels through the blood to the liver, the largest organ of the body's natural detoxification system. The liver breaks down and removes the toxic by-products produced by digestion, including natural ones and the chemicals now present in the food supply. During fasting, the liver and immune system are essentially freed to detoxify and heal other parts of the body.
  64. 64. Common ailments healed by fasting:  Fasting can be used for nearly every chronic condition, including allergies, anxiety , arthritis, asthma, depression , diabetes, headaches, heart disease , high cholesterol , low blood sugar, digestive disorders, mental illness, and obesity . Fasting is an effective and safe weight loss method. It is frequently prescribed as a detoxification treatment for those with conditions that may be influenced by environmental factors, such as cancer and multiple chemical sensitivity . Fasting has been used successfully to help treat people who have been exposed to high levels of toxic materials due to accident or occupation. Fasting is thought to be beneficial as a preventative measure to increase overall health, vitality, and resistance to disease. Fasting is also used as a method of mental and
  65. 65. THE BODY IS DESIGNED TO BE READY TO FAST – I SAMUEL 1:7 – Hannah was so distressed over her state of childlessness that “SHE WEPT AND DID NOT EAT” DAVID fasted when Abner (Saul’s General) died – 2 Samuel 3:55 DAVID fasted when his baby with Bathseba got sick (2 Samuel 12:15- 23)
  66. 66. THE LAST DAYS IS A CALL TO FAST – Joel 2  1 Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand—  12 "Even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning."  13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.  14 Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing-- grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God.  15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly.
  67. 67. CONCLUSION: 1. YESHUA FASTED 2. THE MOST VICTORIOUS CHRISTIANS FASTED 3. FASTING IS NECESSARY FOR SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY and REVIVAL 4. FASTING AIDS IN RECEVING SUPERNATURAL REVELATION 5. FASTING IS A CALL OF THE
  68. 68. Let us: 1.LEARN HOW TO FAST – BOOKS, INTERNET 2.ASK GOD TO TEACH US WHAT TO FAST FOR

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