Want to be a Spiritual HITMAN?
Fasting adds EFFECTIVENESS and FERVENCY to prayer; thereby making tremendous power available.
“…the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
Fasting is not a spiritual weapon, but a spiritual strategy; it makes the spiritual weapon, such as the word, faith, and helmet of salvation, effective in their operations.
Fasting makes you precise with spiritual targets, and makes your shots accurate.
Just as a hitman closes one eye and dims the other in order to trim his sight and narrow perspective on physical target; so also does fasting narrows your perspective on spiritual targets.
It empowers you to take spiritual shot with precision and accuracy.
Do you feel spiritual emptiness within, and physically struggling without, knowing not what to do about your Christian experience? Do you currently feel dry, and hungry for a better and higher spiritual experience and fellowship with Christ Jesus? Or Has the fire upon your altar gone out, and flame upon your spirit burnt out? Is your zeal for God presently on the low and your first love for Christ needs to be rekindled?
Or, do you just have a burden upon your spirit to seek deeper intimacy with God, and engage yourself specifically for a breakthrough; in life and ministry?
Yes, this kind of experience is neither unusual nor peculiar, therefore fear no evil.
The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.
Most times, God leads us into a valley of experience so that we may seek Him vigorously, as to align ourselves to His will and purpose for our lives.
Jesus was led into the wilderness of mystery to pray and fast, so that His motive in life and objective for ministry can be exposed by Satan, and be able to appropriate the power of God into His life, and also to be properly aligned with His Father’s purpose through angelic ministrations.
I believe that God wants us also, to rediscover the place of fasting in appropriating His power into our lives.
The bible says, “He was with the wild animals”. That is to say, he was in terror, he was in desperation, and greatly in need of help, he struggled and became weary, he was exhausted, and tormented by Satan. Yet, amidst of these, He broke through. You also will breakthrough.
Fasting as it relates to prayer is the spiritual strategic force that the Lord has given you to position your life for spiritual alignment, destroy the strongholds of evil, and occasion a great revival and spiritual harvest around the world.
John Calvin, in the 16th century, said, “Holy and genuine fasting is directed to three ends; for we practice it either as a restraint on the flesh, to preserve it from reckless immorality, or as a preparation for prayers and spiritual meditations, or as a testimony of our humiliation in the presence of God when we are desirous of confessing our guilt before him. (Institutes, IV.12, 14, 15) ”
Fasting breaks the hold of our human nature and aligns us with the divine nature, so that we are able to comprehend and appropriate divine power for effective Christian living.
Dr. Bill Bright, perfectly outlined the power and importance of fasting, here are some very important facts:
- Fasting is a biblical way to truly humble yourself in the sight of God (Psalm 35:13; Ezra 8:21). King David said, “I humble myself through fasting.”
- Fasting and prayer can restore the loss of the “first love” for your Lord and result in a more intimate relationship with Christ.
- Fasting enables the Holy Spirit to reveal your true spiritual condition, resulting in brokenness, repentance, and a transformed life
- The Holy Spirit will quicken the Word of God in your heart and His truth will become more meaningful to you!
- Fasting can transform your prayer life into a richer and more personal experience.
- Fasting can result in a dynamic personal revival in your own life-and make you a channel of revival to others.
- Fasting was an expected discipline in both the Old and New Testament eras. For example, Moses fasted at least two recorded forty-day periods. Jesus fasted 40 days and reminded His followers to fast, “when you fast,” not if you fast.
- Fasting and prayer are the only disciplines that fulfill the requirements of II Chronicles 7:14:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
When YOU fast:
- FOCUS on the Glory of God, and not the Gory of Need.
- CONTEMPLATE on the Greatness of God, and not the Highness of Desire.
- MEDITATE on the Power of God, and not the Pressure of Circumstance
- BEHOLD to be Transformed into the likeness of God’s Promise, and don’t be Conformed to the outlook of Need’s Premise.