AMERICA IS IN JEOPARDY, THE DESPERATE NEED IS OLD FASHIONED PRAYING
TRUE PRAYING IS WARFARE AGAINST EVIL!!!!!!! THE PAW CREEK MINISTRY AND OUR MINISTER’S FELLOWSHIP IS CALLING AMERICA AND FRIENDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO PRAYER AND FASTING. The good descent people in the Senate and the House of Representatives are going out on the limb for this Nation. They will need courage and strength. Wiith a multitude of dedicated saints praying they can be strong. This “OBAMA AND ANTICHRIST NOOSE” has one goal and it is the complete control of every American. Obama sounds like a mad man as he pitches his schemes. My spirit is so grieved when I hear him that I have to turn him off. EVERY THURDAY IN OCTOBER WE ARE CALLING YOU TO FASTING AND PRAYER WITH US. OUR MINISTERS LIST IS ALREADY LARGER THAN I EVEN DREAMED. PLEASE SEND A POST AT THE END OF THIS CALL TO PRAYER SO I CAN KNOW YOU ARE WITH US.
HERE IS AN ARTICLE EXPLAINING FASTING AND THE POWER IT ADDS TO PRAYING! The ultimate door into spiritual life is Fasting. That statement is not meant to belittle study in the Word of God or communication with God through prayer. Fasting without deep commitment to the Holy Scripture and prayer would be destructive rather than beneficial. Fasting opens you up to the influence of the spiritual realm where there are false spirits as well as the Holy Spirit. It is a soul altering experience and can certainly be damaging if you are not rooted in the Truths of Divine Revelation. Immature Christians should always fast under the supervision of a Godly Shepherd.
Jesus Himself gave fasting its most powerful support as He and three disciples came down from the Mount of Transfiguration. A discouraged father had brought a possessed son to the other nine disciples and desired them to cure the horrible malady. He said he was lunatic and sore vexed. They could not heal him and now he pleads with Jesus. Let’s see what Jesus said to them and for us all.
“Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 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. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” (St. Matthew 17:17-21)
A careful study of this passage will reveal much about the subject. The words faithless and unbelief show the evidence of their helplessness. They could not cure the lad because their confidence in Christ’s words were weak and anemic. They knew He could; but they could not launch out to act in His name with sufficient authority. Their incompetence received a strong rebuke.
Jesus then shares the incredible power of pure faith. A minute amount of faith; the size of a mustard seed, is adequate to speak to a mountain and it be removed. Jesus then added, “nothing shall be impossible,” but concluded with great emphasis, “this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” This would confirm that no amount of consecration or Bible knowledge is sufficient without the soul chastening powers of fasting.
The Book of Daniel
Daniel’s experience in chapters nine and ten are powerful reminders of two distinct styles of fasting. In chapter nine he totally abstained from all food, but in chapter ten he ate no pleasant bread, no flesh and drank no wine. While he spoke of simple fasting in the first instance, he spoke of mourning in the latter. This would indicate that we may fast in either of these two ways. The first I will call “A Total Fast” and the second “A Mourning Fast.” There appeared to be similar results in Daniel’s life. Both times he experienced a great visit of God’s presence and wisdom.
Beautiful Biblical Accounts of Fasting:
“And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith the LORD was wroth against you to destroy you. But the LORD hearkened unto me at that time also.” (Deuteronomy 9:18-19)
“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. And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers. And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God.” (Nehemiah 9:1-3)
“False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not. They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul. 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. I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.” (Psalms 35:11-14)
“Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:16-18)
Each of these passages deserves explanation and comment. They present a powerful picture of Godly consecration and compassion before the Lord. Moses was an outstanding example of Pastoral dedication. He literally laid himself before God without food or water forty days to turn away the wrath of offended holiness. David fasted until prayer returned to his bosom and the compassion was so strong that he prayed for his enemies as he would his own mother. Each case builds the importance of fasting before the presence of Almighty God.
What is God’s Purpose in Fasting?
A. Fasting Chastens the Soul.
The center of our human personality is the soul. Man was created from the dust, God then breathed His Spirit into that creation and man became a living soul. Every course of action, every longing and every great aspiration arises from this center of our being. Men or women become great in their chosen field because of largeness of soul for that activity. Accidental greatness is non-existent.
Fasting is a spiritual means of disciplining our soul to be large and undivided for God. It is essential that Bible students know that the adamic nature stands guard to stop greatness toward God. Our flesh will dominate the soul unless there is adequate consecration and crucifixion of the old man. Fasting is God’s ordained method by which the soul is chastened and disciplined to be single toward the Creator.
David, a man after God’s own heart, needed to fast to chasten his soul. In Psalms 69, he was in great distress. He said, “…the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.” (Psalms 69:1-3) In this state of spiritual need David said, “I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting…” (Verse 10) This great man had a large heart for Israel and Jerusalem. There is no doubt that fasting and prayer was the discipline for his greatness.
B. Fasting Breaks the Power of Unbelief.
The nature of original sin is to mistrust God. Remember Adam and Eve? Man’s greatest struggle is to completely trust God. That is possible only when the sin nature is sanctified and disciplined. We are position ally sanctified by a definite act of God’s grace when that nature is put to the cross. The positional standing must then become practical in our daily life by the consuming consecration of fasting, prayer and the Word. We cannot live a life of life changing faith without daily faith in the blood of Jesus and discipline of the soul. Unbelief will arise in a moment if the individual becomes careless in their daily lifestyle.
C. Fasting Releases the soul to compassion.
You cannot tell yourself to have compassion on someone. Feeling empathy for a hurting person often depends on our love for that individual. Agape love which is divine love is totally different. This is God inspired: it arises out of a heart that is in harmony with Him. That’s the kind of love and compassion released when a soul is unfettered by fasting and prayer.
The Biblical picture in Isaiah 58 shows the result of true fasting. The Holy Spirit said, “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? (Isaiah 58:6-7a) Please read the entire chapter. The earthly life of Jesus is a perfect example of this kind of compassion. Fasting before God will release His love into you soul.
D. Fasting Unites us with the Father
Sin has placed a horrible chasm between man and his Heavenly Father. Jesus Christ shed His blood to bridge that chasm and to open the gate of forgiveness and redemption. That’s our free promise by simple faith. Then we are called to be His ambassadors and to carry redemption to others. That requires consecration and discipline. To have concern for unlovable people is outside human capacity but not Divine grace. Fasting unites the soul to God and allows the grace of salvation to flow unhindered to others. The Lord Jesus laid out this truth beautifully. “But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:17-18) Fasting is an act of spiritual devotion, when properly experienced will unite our heart to the Father. He clearly pays close attention to the soul humbled before His presence. He sees that soul in the prayer closet and rewards the individual openly.
God’s promises to those who humble themselves with fasting is overwhelming. “Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.” (Isaiah 58:8)