EXTENDED PRAYER & FASTING ACCELERATES GROWTH
Spending extended periods of prevailing prayer will accelerate your spiritual growth and it also increases the activation of your spiritual gifts.
You may have spiritual gifts but when you don’t really spend time with the Lord,those gifts will operate at the bare minimum.
But when you begin to consistently spend extended periods of time in prayer, the spiritual gifts you have will be activated and really boom.
One thing you will notice when you start to have extended periods of time in prayer and fasting is that you will lose interest in physical things and become more connected to the spiritual realm and to God.
I love to share testimonies because the Lord told me to share with others what He teaches me.
My Testimony on Extended Prayer
My first time of experiencing the spiritual acceleration of extended periods of prayer was at the beginning of my walk with God.
I spent 19 days of prayer and fasting daily, breaking my fast every evening but continuing in prayer even after breaking my fast.
And this period spent in God’s presence completely changed my life.
I moved from being addicted to movies, entertainment and social media,to being addicted to the presence of God.
The fast started as a 5 day fast seeking for the Holy Spirit baptism which I received on the 5th day but the Lord asked me to continue the fast and I did for 19 days.
I would wakeup in the morning at 6 and pray.
Then would have a bath to prepare for the day and after that I spent the entire day till evening, doing nothing else but praying, reading the Bible, and worshipping.
My whole day was dedicated to the Lord,no phone,no distractions,just spending the whole time with God singing, praying etc
I was doing the fast with my brother and my sister.
I prayed with all my heart, and asked the Lord Jesus to help me pray.
In the evening we would break the fast but continue fasting the next day.
Even after breaking the fast in the evening,I would still continue to pray and still spend long periods of time in prayer by the power of the Holyspirit because my heart was truly hungry for the Lord.
Whenever I prayed I would ask the Lord to help me to pray.
And He did.
I would also wake up at night to pray.
And the Lord changed my life so much.
At first fasting was a sacrifice I made consciously and it was difficult because sometimes my other brother who wasn’t fasting with us would be making his food and I would envy eating.
But I turned my mind back to the spiritual benefits I was receiving.
I started to enjoy the fasting that even when it was time to end the fasting period,I didn’t want to end it,I just wanted to be secluded,just in God’s presence.
But the Lord said now it was time to go out for evangelism and make disciples of Christ.
During this time of spending extended time in God’s presence,my dreams changed to supernatural.
I started to see angels in my dreams and they would tell me things.
Also,I started to see visions alot and sometimes the Lord would show me something that my mom was going to tell me and hours later she told me about it!
I would see visions even when I was not praying.
My spirit was always so connected to God and during this time,each and every time I would sleep,my spirit would start to pray in tongues.
There was alot of angelic activity around my family and sometimes I would see the angels doing different things or they would deliver messages about specific things.
During this time,my desires changed so much.
I started to feel compassion for people who were still living in sin.
Before, when I was a lukewarm Christian I envied freedom to sin.
But now I felt great compassion for people in sin and wanted then to be saved.
Also,I realized I was getting more aligned with God and my prayers were getting answered.
God became so real to me and started to teach me things and even give me instructions and guidance about certain things in my life.
God took away anxiety about the future and gave me perfect peace.
My love for God had grown from zero to a point where God was truly the most important person in my life.
It was during the rainy season and sometimes I loved to sit in the backyard praying.
I was enjoying the prayer so much that I didn’t want to stop even when it started raining.
I was truly addicted to God’s presence.
Previously I would have been scared to stay in the rain because I had a phobia of lightning but now I knew my Father owned and controlled it.
I started to hate sin and love obedience to God.
Obeying Jesus was a joy,not a burden.
I know my spiritual growth wouldn’t have accelerated this way if I hadn’t spent extended periods in prayer.
If I just did regular prayer and go about my life.
But giving God all my attention for an extended period of time changed my life forever.
Extended periods of prayer allow you to prevail in prayer till you break through.
It’s really important.
It can be the number of days you’re able to do and can be a partial or complete water only fast.
But what’s important is that it must be a period of leaving everything behind and seeking God with all your heart.
All of us have different spiritual gifts and whatever gift you have is what will manifest more.
But the most important thing you will notice is how close you get to God within a short period of time.
You will love God so much and it will be a joy not a burden to live for Him.
You can do it when you are on leave from work.
Because for this to be effective you must spend the whole time in the presence of God.
It’s not the same when you are just not eating and don’t have time to pray.
You will still get a breakthrough but it’s not the same.