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In this message, Pastor John Lindell unpacks powerful truths from God’s Word on the impact fasting and prayer can have in our lives! Our prayer is that this sermon would encourage you to enter God's presence and experience His power while fasting and praying.
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The Biggest Week of Your Life
1. Fasting humbles our soul
Ezra 8:21 (ESV)
Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek him for a safe journey for ourselves, our children and all our goods. For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, "The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him." So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.
....I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting
2. Fasting helps secure favor in situations
Nehemiah 1:4 (ESV)
As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
Nehemiah 1:11 (ESV)
O LORD, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today,and grant him mercy in the sight of this man." Now I was cupbearer to the king.
3. Fasting helps us discern God’s will
Acts 13:2 (ESV)
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."
Daniel 10:2-3 (ESV)
In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks. I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks.
Daniel 10:12 (ESV)
Then he said to me, "Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.
My Desire + My Reasoning = The Flesh
4. Fasting gives us power to break demonic strongholds
Mark 9:29 (ESV)
And he [Jesus] said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.”
5. Fasting prepares us for new seasons of life and ministry
Acts 13:2-3 (ESV)
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
6. Fasting can bring healing
Isaiah 58:8a (ESV)
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily
7. Fasting gives us a greater awareness of God’s presence
Isaiah 58:8-9a (ESV)
Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, 'Here I am.'