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PRAY AND FAST

I always talk about the importance of doing prayer and fasting.
I was happy to meet someone who has taken the message on prayer and fasting seriously and has been implementing it.
And he testified about how incorporating regular fasting has helped him have strength to resist temptations that were so hard to resist before.
I had met someone who was stuck in repetitive sin of addiction and the person just wanted me to just pray for them for it to end.
But I knew that unless this person learns to pray they will always keep going back to their sin.
Because the flesh is only crucified on your knees,not by being laid hands on.
If you do not have persistent personal prayer,no matter who lays hands on you, you will always go back to sin.

Because the Christian Life is a battlefield where victory must be won through overcoming.
I told the person to go and fast and thank God they took it seriously and later shared the testimony of how Jesus had set them free and not only that but they were continuing to seek the Lord still.

Prayer and fasting is really powerful,no wonder Jesus Himself embarked on a 40 day fast before beginning His Ministry,and He said some demons can only be cast out by prayer and fasting.
Jesus had expected that His disciples would start fasting after He was taken away from them.
Luke 5:35
“But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those days.”

Personally,when I started my walk with God,Jesus taught me that I need to be fasting regularly in order to have the strength for the battle and overcome.
Jesus taught me that I need to keep fasting regularly until I leave this earth and it’s something I have had to do from 2012 to date.
Jesus told me that it was necessary for me to do fasting and also to persistently pray.

I know that many people struggle to do prayer and fasting and even when they try to fast they end up breaking the fast and eating.
But you need to learn to persevere in prayer and stay on in the prayer closet even when you feel like abandoning the fast.

When breaking your fast prematurely becomes a habit,it will become hard for you to fast and you will always break your fast prematurely.
But you must resist the devil,and persevere till the end of your fast

Jesus persevered till the time of fasting ended.
Always remember that it does come to an end and then you will eat,so don’t see fasting as punishment but see it as a spiritual discipline that is necessary.
Know that there’s a time for everything and in just a few hours your time to eat will come, don’t let satan steal your blessing by taking you out of the Prayer closet.

Jesus showed me a vision of how Satan steals people’s answers by taking them out of the closet.
I saw someone who had been praying to have a baby.
This is a person I know.
In the vision, God had placed their answer just a short distance ahead from where they were.
But when satan saw that the answer had already been granted,he stood in the way of this person to obstruct them from seeing the answer ahead, and discourage them that prayer was a waste of time because Jesus would not answer.
He did this to make the person abandon prayer so that they would not get to the place where the answer was.
But thank God this person kept on praying till they got their answer in real life.
The reason satan blocks people from fasting is because he wants to block you from receiving the spiritual blessing.

Satan will do everything to get you out of the prayer closet.
When you are not on prayer and fasting you might not even feel like eating but once you decide fast,you find yourself extremely hungry.
But don’t give in to how you feel,focus on what you want to achieve spiritually and maximize the benefits of your fast by spending as much time as possible praying.
I have found that when you spend the whole time in God’s presence, often you don’t even feel hungry till the fast is over!

We need to have the mindset of Jesus who endured the suffering on the cross because He didn’t focus on the present but was looking at what would come out of that.
We too must endure during times of prayer and fasting, subduing the flesh and looking for the spiritual gain that will come out of it.
Prayer and fasting is a spiritual discipline, therefore it must be done in the spirit, willingly, not forced.
It must be done with joy not compulsion.

Prayer and fasting will really help you to subdue the flesh and to grow faster spiritually.
Fast the correct way by actually spending the time in God’s presence praying and worshipping, not just starving but busy with everything else.

You can fast from when you wake up to 6 pm,you can fast one meal,or you can do an extended fast for two days,three days etc it’s all up to what you can manage.
It all counts as long as you do it with all your heart.
At first I used to fast from when I woke up to 4 pm because that’s what I could manage and Jesus still answered me because I was doing that with all my heart.

Jesus doesn’t accept fasting done begrudgingly or forced.
He doesn’t accept fasting that we view as punishment and we complain about it and put on a sad face.
It’s not acceptable to the Lord.
Whatever we want to do in serving the Lord must be done willingly and joyfully because we love Him,then it will be acceptable.

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27 Comments

27 Comments

  1. Mwansa Lwanga

    October 13, 2022 at 12:36 am

    Thank you so much. Really needed this.

  2. Peter Chikafa

    October 13, 2022 at 1:41 am

    Thanks

  3. Lucinda E. Amara

    October 13, 2022 at 3:43 am

    Thank you sister Rachael, this is very helpful.

  4. Zachariah Moses

    October 13, 2022 at 4:07 am

    Very true.. Thank you Sis ☺️ and God bless you

  5. Linet Shuma

    October 13, 2022 at 4:10 am

    Wow,Thank you Lord

  6. Lucky Mahlatsi Digoro

    October 13, 2022 at 4:17 am

    Amen thanks sister more grace

  7. Osita Ezenwa

    October 13, 2022 at 4:25 am

    Thank you Jesus πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™ yes fasting help me overcome masturbation and pornography since after I make it a lifestyle from the month of April still date but last month I don’t know what happened all of the sudden I started having blasphemous thoughts. 😭😭 and this thought come just when I’m reading my Bible since then my heart was troubled, though I didn’t stop fasting rather I increased the day of my fasting but you know because of fear my faith was affected 😭😭😭 May God have mercy on me

  8. Thembi Matrose

    October 13, 2022 at 5:05 am

    Hallelujah!

  9. Franca Chioma Jude

    October 13, 2022 at 5:19 am

    Thank you for this write up sis, I usually stop my fast half way and will not fast again and I will start again still I will not finished it , I don’t know what is happening to me but now as I have read the important of fasting as a child of God, I will start again by God grace I never be stop in Jesus mighty name Amen πŸ™

  10. Shepherd Dzikiti

    October 13, 2022 at 5:35 am

    This what I have experienced in the way:

    Fasting kills the flesh . During a long fast you only think about God and food nothing else. Many things become less attractive.

    Long prayers
    1.The first 30 minutes are unproductive. Your mind is scattered everywhere and lots of discouragement from the devil to quit and try sometime. The devil say today it’s dry just try another time. Or you start to think that you did not lock a door or you need to finish something.

    2.If you prevail to an our things begin to happen after confession you feel there now network.

    3.Three hours then the presence of God comes and you lost in the spirit.

    4.Four hours then you don’t care about anything only God and God alone. You can’t even control your prayer language.

    Prayer begot prayer. Your prayer life can only be sustained by prayer. If you take more than 3 days without visiting the closet the flesh comes and you feel no connection with God even if you have not sinned. You just feel you losing God and He is far away.

    Also after prayer you feel strong presence of God. But it diminishes with time. After 2 days it’s gone. So while the aftermath of the previous prayer session you need to visit the closet again. If you don’t the next time you try to pray it will be very difficult to breakthrough . You can easily quit that session.

    Last but not least Studying the Bible. It helps on daily decision making. It also helps to keep your mind thinking about scriptures.

    You can benefit from other believes on Bible study and understanding Bible.

    But you will never benefit from other people’ fasting and praying. What I mean is one believer prays much, it’s only that believer who feel close to God. The one who did not pray can’t feel the sweet presence of God that comes After prayer.

    Or if one fast 5 days. That person is the only one who feel that the flesh is dying not the second believer.

    So prayer and fasting can’t be borrowed. But Bible understanding can be imparted.

  11. Blessing Meshach Bartholomew Joshua

    October 13, 2022 at 6:00 am

    Amen for advice thx

  12. Rudzani Ndou

    October 13, 2022 at 6:00 am

    Amen

  13. Faith Chimaobi

    October 13, 2022 at 6:17 am

    Sis thank you so much God bless you

  14. Honey Nancy

    October 13, 2022 at 7:23 am

    I usually do dry fasting and prayer for 3days and just drink only water few times, and I don’t ever come out of the room less I become tired and break with fruit on the 4th morning that’s around 12 or 1 or even 2 am the 4th morning. I can categorically say that it’s the best way to connect directly to God almighty

  15. James Victor

    October 13, 2022 at 7:27 am

    Ohh thank you jesus for this write up…
    I have being trying to resist a particular sin for years but what comes to my mind is fasting and prayer.

    But if am fasting i will not pray and if i want to pray just short prayer.

    But now i understand i have to be doing something through the prayer and fasting

  16. Anneilla Mabong

    October 13, 2022 at 9:04 am

    Thanks you verry much sister,may thΓ© Lord our GOD STRENGTHENS YOU more!
    Please what IS one meal fasting?

  17. Olivia Maxine Matthews

    October 13, 2022 at 9:54 am

    I’ve struggled with food addiction my whole life so fasting is hard. Fasting is also something I started doing , managed to do until a certain point. Its now impossible.

  18. Tamama Norbert

    October 13, 2022 at 10:02 am

    Amen! Another thing we should emphasize on is, the “determinant factor” in prayers. Holiness is what determines whether our prayers will reach the throne of God or whether our prayers will just vanish in the second heaven. Many believers pray on Earth but their prayers never reach God. Why? There are many reasons, which includes, 1.They have unconfessed sin 2. They have wrong motive, such prayers don’t reach God, even if they reached God, and God in his mercy answered the prayer, the demons in the second heaven can still attack the Angle bringing the answers to the prayer, and take away the blessing from the Angle, if the believer who had prayed, got out of the will of God, after waiting for a long time, without receiving an answer from God. The Devil works through “legal grounds” to attack the believers. If believers can close all the door of sin to the Devil and live a holy life, their prayers will be so strong and they will rise to heaven and no demonic roadblocks will stop such prayers. Such prayers will arrive in heaven and whatever they ask for God will do it. Living a holy life is the determinant factor in whether a prayer reaches God or not. Many believers don’t know this truth. We need to teach them. You can pray and fast for 40 days but if you are not living a holy life, the Devil will steal the answers to your prayers, even if God in his mercy, had answered them. Therefore believer, review your lifestyle. Christianity is a lifestyle. How to do live??? What kind of thought are you harbouring?? Don’t give legal ground to the devil. Carry your cross daily by denying yourself the pleasures of this world. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. You cannot crucify the flesh if your mind has not been transformed. And you cannot lead a holy life when you have not crucified the flesh

  19. Christine Odero

    October 13, 2022 at 11:19 am

    Can you pray and fast without involving your pastor

  20. Le Berger

    October 13, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    How true that sound!!! I have been thru it…without gasoline how can a car move or your bike etc…we read in His word quote “the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord” we are the candle of God the fire πŸ”₯ the Spirit of Christ, the light our Holiness in Christ. The only weapon the devil hates is PRAYER!! Your fasting is to deprave the flesh and offer it to God as sacrifice. Sister Rachael is one billion% right. Weather we argue about it. These 2 vehicles is necessary for our growths. Our Lord also helps us in the process so be encouraged. πŸ™

  21. Febe Palit-Heydemans

    October 13, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    Amen

  22. Mercy Folashade

    October 13, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing ma. God has been helping me in fasting and prayers ever since I started listening to your messages but suddenly I fell sick and I was diagnosed of ulcer, please sister Rachel join me in prayers because I must fast, devil knew what am enjoying through fasting and prayers therefore he want to stop me which is impossible in Jesus name

  23. Tchulita Njawala

    October 13, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Amen. Thanks for the word.

  24. Michael Asihene

    October 13, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    This is very deep, powerful and inspiring Amen

  25. Aleena Joy Vidal Mataya

    October 14, 2022 at 12:15 am

    My parent prohibited me to fast and even when I fast it was really rare. May the Lord help me to fast that my family will not prohibit me because of sickness

  26. Angelic Alex Chinedu

    October 14, 2022 at 8:05 am

    Thank you sister for this wounderful word more grace

  27. Endtime Revivalist Divine

    October 16, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Amen

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