3 DAYS FASTING AND PRAYER FOR NOVEMBER 29th, 30th & 1st Of DECEMBER 2019
THEME: "THE RIVER OF GOD"
SCRIPTURE: Revelation 22:1 “And he showed me a [a]pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.”
Abandon yourself today, head over heels, to the centre of the river Of God where the flow is strongest and most sure, flowing in the will of God. Being in the will of God is like being in the centre of a fast-flowing river. In the centre of the river the flow is strongest and fastest. The further away from the centre of the river you drift, the slower and less directed the flow. You’re still in the flow, but it’s not as strong or sure.
In the centre of God’s will, His guidance is strongest and most sure. But the further away from the centre of God’s will you drift, the slower you move, and the guidance, direction, and protection you would have received from Him is weaker and less effective, almost indiscernible. You move from His perfect will into His permissive will, and then out of His will altogether.
Wading to the edge of the river, you eventually step out and find yourself on the shore of your pride and independence, and the river flows on without you. Likewise, stepping out of God’s will, you are on your own, left to your own devices as the will of God moves on without you. Out of the river, you try to make your way, but it’s more difficult to move forward, because there are obstacles.
You try to move parallel to the river, keeping it in sight, but there are obstacles in the path, forcing movement around them. This causes you to travel in a different direction than the river, which is now so far away that it can’t even be seen. Trying to serve or even follow God when you are out of His will becomes frustrating because of the obstacles that force movement further away from God’s plan for your life. Bad relationships, wrong career choice, poor health, lack of education, and finances are only some of the wrong roads on which you might find yourself. Subsequently, your life ends up on a wrong path or stuck at a dead end going nowhere.
Do not despair! There is another place for you in the river. God’s will and plan for your life yet waits! Make your way directly to the river of God’s will at whichever point along life’s journey you now find yourself.
Get back in the river. Wade out from the shore and into the flow. Don’t be satisfied with an ankle deep, knee deep, or waist deep place in the river of God’s will.
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This month of November we want to encourage all Christians on social media that want breakthrough and restoration to Fast & Pray along with us this month’s 3 day fast.
This is an event anybody can partake of anywhere around the world in your home, church, friend’s house, in the village or in the city etc with the main purpose of getting people to repent and turn back to God on the same calendar day through fasting with the help of prayer taken from 2 Chronicles 7:14, that it will build awareness of the need to pray for your local church. Though we are on different time lines I encourage you to just follow the dates for your respective countries.
Date: 29th,30th of November & 1st of December 2019
Fasting Days: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Fasting Type: Fasting from food but drinking water or fluids for those that can. You are welcome to break the fast each evening and start again either after meal (6am-6pm) or you can go straight through.
Fasting Teaching - https://youtu.be/DFWacd-8ShY
PRACTICAL TIPS FOR FASTING:
1. Avoid medical and even natural herbal drugs. However, if you are under medication, these should only be withdrawn upon the advice of your doctor.
2. Limit your physical activity and exercise. If you have a workout routine, adjust it accordingly.
3. Rest as much as you can if needed be.
4. Maintain an attitude of prayer throughout the day. Intercede for your family, pastors, church, nation, missionaries & world missions, etc.
5. Drink plenty of clean water if you are joining the water fast.
6. As your body adjusts, be prepared for temporary bouts of physical weakness as well as a greater likelihood of impatience, irritability, and anxiety.
FASTING BRINGS REVIVAL:
“. . . in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.” Daniel 9:2,3
Fasting helps us prevail in prayer and intercession. Daniel understood that Israel was headed for destruction. He also knew that in times like these, there is only one recourse—intercession through praying and fasting. Throughout human history, God has brought revival and delivered nations from destruction in response to prayer and fasting.
FASTING IS AN ACT OF HUMILITY AND CONSECRATION:
“. . . I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting . . .” Psalm 35:13
Humility results in the grace of God (James 4:6). When we humble ourselves in prayer, we have instant access to the heart of God. As we deny ourselves as an act of consecration, we are better able to exercise self-control over our emotions and desires.
SPIRITUAL CLEANSING & SPIRITUAL EYES OPENED:
Fasting can be done for one meal, one day, one month or for however long God leads. It depends on how the Holy Spirit speaks to us. Shorter fasts are easier to endure until we have built up our “spiritual muscles”. A three day fast is most beneficial as a spiritual cleansing. An example of this is Paul’s being thrust into his fast upon conversion. After the three days of cleansing, he received the Holy Spirit and his eyesight when Ananias laid hands on him (Acts 9:17-18). We also can be spiritually cleansed by fasting so that we receive more of the Lord’s Spirit and have our spiritual eyes opened to new dimensions. A three day fast is also especially helpful in breaking any addictive habits.
These then are two reasons for fasting: We receive spiritual cleansing and our spiritual eyes are opened, and we also obtain victory over the devil. When Jesus encountered Satan, He was able to overcome Him because His fasting had given Him spiritual strength. Isaiah 58:6 also gives us light on this purpose of fasting: “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?” Many people believe that fasting is to move the hand of God, when in actuality it is to make Satan turn loose of the things he is holding.
BREAKING STRONGHOLDS & BUILDING FAITH:
Fasting looses the bands of wickedness. When Jesus discussed the keys to the kingdom, He told us to bind and loose. When we fast, we loose the bands of wickedness, undo the heavy burdens, set the oppressed free, and break every yoke of the enemy. Fasting is an important key to getting the victory over hard situations that do not seem to respond to normal prayer.
Fasting builds our faith. In fact, this is what Jesus meant when he spoke to the disciples in Matthew 17:21 in answer to why they were not able to cast a demon out of a child. He said, “However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” He was telling them if they wanted their faith to be at such a level as to be able to cast out demons, then they must fast and pray for their faith to increase.
Fasting also makes it easier for us to hear the voice of the Lord. We find an account of this in Acts 13:2 “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.”
While fasting, the Holy Spirit spoke to them and gave them direction. We too can be directed by the Lord if we seek Him through prayer and fasting.
When we deny our natural cravings, our spiritual antennas become more attuned. We become more sensitive to His voice as we divest ourselves of worldly distractions. We are better able to focus on God and submit to His will. This opens the door for more of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Fasting and mourning are closely associated in the Bible. Two examples of this are found in Ezra and Nehemiah.
Ezra 10:6: “Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Jehohanan the son of Eliashib: and when he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor drink water: for he mourned because of the transgression of them that had been carried away.”
Nehemiah 1:4: “And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven.”
From these Scriptures, we see that fasting and travail (a prayer burden from the Lord that brings crying and tears) were combined. Both of these men were fasting for the repentance of God’s people. How we need this same kind of intercession today. Here were men so burdened for the sins of their people that they fasted, travailed and prayed.
Day 1 – “THE WATER IS BAD”
Friday, November 29, 2019
Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 2:19-22 “19 Then the men of the city said to Elisha, “Please notice, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad, and the ground barren.” 20 And he said, “Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. 21 Then he went out to the source of the water, and cast in the salt there, and said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘I have [a]healed this water; from it there shall be no more death or barrenness.’ ” 22 So the water remains healed to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.”
One thing I love about the Australian outback is being able to sleep under the open heavens and watch the stars in the milky way. On a very fine summers night you can see a fascinating combination of different colours and beautiful lights. At night, you can also see the moon in all its glory or maybe even catch a glimpse of a few falling stars entering the atmosphere.
In the day time on clear sunny days, I also love to look up and watch the clouds moving in the sky overhead; or the rainbows that form in the horizon on a winters day from the prayer mountain.
All of these beautiful sights are experienced without leaving the surface of the ground; seeing, but not interacting with; and hearing, but not really being touched physically by the elements that are on display above.
This was the image that was playing on my mind when I was meditating on today's bible reading.
The story in the verses we just read, comes from an earlier narration that brought Elisha out of his apprenticeship under the now translated older prophet Elijah, into a place of prominence amongst the Guild of Prophets as God's chosen replacement for the ministry of Elijah. The sons of the prophets had just recently seen Elisha's ministry confirmed by a miracle that God performed through him, as the waters of the river Jordan parted to allow Elisha to walk through, as he journeyed back to Jericho. (2 Kings 2:1-18)
Probably on the strength of this miracle, the men of the city of Jericho approached Elisha for help concerning a very serious problem that they had:
“Then the men of the city said to Elisha, “Please notice, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad, and the ground barren.” 2 Kings 2:19
Everyone can see at first sight on the outside, what appears to be a beautiful, pleasant, prosperous location; but in reality, there was much more to the story than meets the eye. The reality of the situation however, was far removed from the image that was being presented to the casual observer on the outside - the water was bad and the land was barren!
To understand what was really happening here, I want us to examine the problem that they highlighted to Elisha a bit closer.
"The water is bad, and the ground barren"
That is, that part of it where this water was, or ran, for from there, it became barren; or "caused to miscarry", as the word signifies or caused death. As the amplified bible puts it:
“And the men of the city said to Elisha, Behold, inhabiting of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees, but the water is bad and the locality causes miscarriage and barrenness [in all animals].” 2 Kings 2:19 AMP
This happened not only to the trees that cast their fruit, which it watered, but women became abortive that drank of it, as did cattle too.
This situation that the people of Jericho are going through and describing here may register with you as you read this.
There are some of us that looking from the outside and at a distance, it would appear that all is well with us; we appear blessed, prosperous, as if we've "got it all together". People looking at our children, the house we live in, the ministry, our marriage, the clothes, the cars, the holidays and the trappings of "success" that are visibly on display, may even envy us and ask God why they can't have it as "good" as we do. But, in reality underneath that veneer of pleasantness, there is barrenness and death!
You may be in a job that is in a pleasant location; You may be in a business that is in a prosperous situation; You may be in a country that is pleasant to live in, however, for some reason or the other, in reality, in your case, you only see the façade of the blessings, but you never really enjoy or experience the fruits or benefits, that should be your portion.
It's just like looking from under the open skies of the Australian Outback that I spoke about earlier - you are in a pleasant place, you can see the beauty of what is around you, you can see how prosperous it can be, but unfortunately, when you reach out to touch it, something happens to disrupt your progress; when you step out to possess it, something happens to abort it or cause miscarriage. You are in a pleasant place, but your efforts are not producing gain.
Not anymore; says the Lord!
In response to their request, Elisha asked for them to bring him a new bowl and some salt.
"21He went out to the spring and threw the salt in. Then he said, "This is what the LORD says, 'I have purified this water. It will no longer cause death or fail to produce crops." (2 Kings 2:21)
Unlike what most of us would probably have done, you will notice that Elisha did not concern himself with the land that was barren. He did not bother with the women that were suffering miscarriage, nor did he concern himself with the animals that were suffering from the abortion of their pregnancies. He knew that those occurrences were just the symptoms of a deeper issue - the water was evil and was causing death and barrenness.
Knowing this, Elisha went straight to the source - and dealt with the root cause of the problem. He went to the source of the water, and threw the salt in it. And as the bible recorded, the water was healed and no more caused death.
The healing was instant and the restoration of the land, permanent
God wants to deal with the source; the root cause of the barrenness and premature death in your life, your family and this ministry. He wants to eliminate them from your season. Sometimes we think throwing money at people is going to fix their problems, but what they really need is the salt of Gods Word within their life to see change.
PRAYER FOCUS DAY 1:
I prophesy into your life by the Spirit of God:
You will no longer labour in vain. You will get a good reward for your labour. God will remove the toil from your labour and replace it with favour. You will no longer work for another to eat the fruits of your hard work. Your tree will not cast its fruit before their time. The promises of God for this season will not abort or suffer miscarriage before fulfilment in the mighty Name of Jesus. If you receive this word, speak it out loud over your life and into your season.
Pray the prayer: Lord, I don't just want to appear to be blessed. Bless Me Indeed.
Ask God to go to the root cause of every type of barrenness in your life and family and heal the source.
Focus on the month of December and declare the word of God into the month that you shall finish the year strong in Jesus Mighty Name!.
You will live and not die, you will declare the glory of God to your children and to your children's children in Jesus' Name. Amen
Think about your life and your situation - Is there any way you have limited God by making Him smaller than the giants or the mountains that you are facing? Get on your knees and repent. Ask God to forgive you for dishonouring Him.
Remind yourself of all the promises of God concerning your life and make a good warfare with your prophecies that God will fulfil His promises as a covenant keeping God.
Pray that the remaining of December 2019 will spill over into 2020 as a continued year of breakthroughs that God will cause you to walk upon high places - in the places of honour, promotion and elevation in the Mighty Name of Jesus.
Pray for Narrow Path Ministries (Rev Robert & Aida Clancy) and your church that God will supply exceeding, abundantly above all we could ask or think. Lord any spirit of sabotage that is coming against this ministry be exposed and cast back into the pit of hell in Jesus mighty name! Pray that every financial need will be met and that we will have more than enough to carry out the vision for this month of December and beyond. Pray that doors will open in 2020 to reach nations that are really ready for the gospel and hungry for revival.
Day 2: “THE RIVER OF GOD"
Saturday, November 30th, 2019
Scripture Reading For Today: Ezekiel 47:1-12 “Then he brought me back to the door of the [a]temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. 2 He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side.
3 And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. 4 Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. 5 Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed. 6 He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river.
7 When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. 8 Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the [b]valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. 9 And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever [c]the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. 10 It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. 11 But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt. 12 Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”
Wherever the waters went, there was healing...
In a sharp contrast to our scripture reading for day 1, we see a different scenario being played out in today's message.
Yesterday, we read about the waters flowing through the plains of Jericho bringing death and barrenness wherever they flowed. But today, the bible verses that we are meditating on, talk about another kind of river which brings life and healing wherever it goes, and to whatsoever it touches.
My, would you not love for that latter river to flow into your life and through your home?
Well dear friend, according to the word of God, it sure can; you most definitely can!
The first waters that we talked about (2 Kings 2:19) that flowed through Jericho had its source from a land that was under a curse from God; Jericho was standing as a symbol of pride and rebellion against the word of God, as a result of which the land was cursed by God. (See Joshua 6:26 “Then Joshua [a]charged them at that time, saying, “Cursed be the man before the Lord who rises up and builds this city Jericho; he shall lay its foundation with his firstborn, and with his youngest he shall set up its gates.” and 1 Kings 16:34 “In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho. He laid its foundation [a]with Abiram his firstborn, and with his youngest son Segub he set up its gates, according to the word of the Lord, which He had spoken through Joshua the son of Nun.”)
It is interesting to note that when you go to Jericho today and see the place where the walls came down that nothing has been built on top as per this curse that is upon Jericho.
The sin of rebellion always brings the curse of death and barrenness.
Question for you to stop and consider right now: Is there any rebellion in my life?
Am I in anyway walking in disobedience to the word or will of God? Think about that...
But note the difference with the other waters:
Their Effect on Where They Flowed:
"Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7When I had returned, I noticed a vast number of trees on the banks of the river, on both sides.
8He said to me, "These waters go out toward the eastern region and flow down into the Arabah; when they enter the Dead Sea, where the sea is stagnant, the waters become fresh.
9Every living creature which swarms where the river flows will live; there will be many fish, for these waters flow there. It will become fresh and everything will live where the river flows.
10Fishermen will stand beside it; from Engedi to En-eglaim they will spread nets. They will catch many kinds of fish, like the fish of the Great Sea.
11But its swamps and its marshes will not become fresh; they will remain salty.
12On both sides of the river's banks, every kind of tree will grow for food. Their leaves will not wither nor will their fruit fail, but they will bear fruit every month, because their water source flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing."
Let me try and break this down for you:
- Vast number of trees grew on both sides of the river (No more barrenness)
- When they enter the Dead Sea, where the sea is stagnant, the waters become fresh. (Antidote to stagnation)
- Every living creature which swarms where the river flows will live; (Antidote to Sickness and premature death)
- There will be many fish, for these waters flow there. (Prosperity)
- Fishermen will stand beside it; from Engedi to En-eglaim they will spread nets. (Enterprise - success in business and ministry)
- They will catch many kinds of fish, (Productivity)
- On both sides of the river's banks, every kind of tree will grow for food. (Multiplication and Expansion)
- Their leaves will not wither nor will their fruit fail (Antidote to miscarriage, failed harvest and the plague of the devourer)
- They will bear fruit every month (Sustained Fruitfulness in and out of season, all year round)
- Their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing. (Abundant Life - healing and restoration)
Let's also look at Rev 22:1-3 - God gave a similar vision to John, that He had given to Ezekiel so many years before, talking about this same river of God and the effect that it would have on impact.
"Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life - water as clear as crystal - pouring out from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 2flowing down the middle of the city's main street. On each side of the river is the tree of life producing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month of the year. Its leaves are for the healing of the nations. 3And there will no longer be any curse, and the throne of God and the Lamb will be in the city. His servants will worship him..."
Q. How do we get this water?
"Elisha said, "Get me a new jar and put some salt in it." So they got it" (2 Kings 2:20)
You need a new bowl and some salt in it.
The new bowl is the new life of the believer presented to God as a vessel of honour, sanctified for the Master's use. For some of us, that new bowl is a new mindset!
In John 7:37-39, Jesus said: " On the last day of the feast, the greatest day, Jesus stood up and shouted out, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and 38let the one who believes in me drink. Just as the scripture says, 'From within him will flow rivers of living water.'" 39(Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.)"
"If anyone is thirsty..." Thirst- This is where the effect of the salt comes in. Salt produces or shall I say it induces thirst. When Jesus talked about we believers being the salt of the earth, it means that we instigate the thirst for Jesus in the earth, in the hearts of those that we come into contact with!
The source of the living waters is opened up and the flow is activated at the point of thirst.
The Source: "Because their water source flows from the Sanctuary"
The Flow: It flowed out of the sanctuary and increased in depth and reach as it did. It was not contained in the temple. These are the rivers of revival!
This is talking not just about being blessed, but about being Blessed to be a blessing!
You will notice that in both Ezekiel and John's visions, the main healing work of the rivers and the life and prosperity that the flow produced, happened outside of the temple or sanctuary.
God is saying to you and to me - it is time to drink from the Fountain of Life again and allow the Holy Spirit to become a well-spring of Living Waters that will flow out of our lives, out of our homes and out of the church into the streets, into the cities and into the nations; bringing healing and life to broken lives, broken families, broken marriages, broken hearts, broken destinies.
This River of God will flow with life-giving power, bringing fruitfulness where there had been barrenness, prosperity where there had been stagnation, blessings where there had been curses.
Again I say to you, these are the Rivers of Revival that God is going to cause to flow into and out from the life of everyone who is thirsty for Him in this season. This is how your life will change. This is how your story will change. This is how your breakthrough will happen and your turnaround is established. Get hungry; get thirsty for Him!
PRAYER FOCUS DAY 2:
Cry out to God to create a hunger and a thirst for Him in you.
Pray for the rivers of living waters that Jesus promised to begin to flow from you.
Ask God to cause these waters to begin to touch every area of your life, family, your nation, your church, Narrow Path Ministries (Pastor Robert & Aida Clancy) and for them to bring healing to every sickness, life in place of death, fruitfulness in place of barrenness, multiplication in place of stagnation.
Cry out to God for a revival in your life, home, church, nation and the nations of the earth.
Meditate on the 10 points I raised above (in the breakdown of the effects of the waters) and speak the blessings over your life as God leads.
Focus on the month of December and prophesy into the month and beyond into 2020
Declare that every area of your life will begin to manifest the blessings and evidence of Gods restoring power to every area of your life.
Pray this prayer: Father, we are confident of this very thing; that He who has begun a good work in us; and in the Narrow Path Ministries that you would provide a building and new home for the ministry to have a training, healing and revival retreat centre it in Jesus name (Philippians 1:6). Give thanks to God for this and for answered prayers in your personal life also that He would provide for you according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus. Remember as you pray for others, God takes care of your needs according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus.
Pray & Declare out loud: “By God’s grace as we have meet December and as Pastor Robert continues to pray for the nations that revival will be sparked within the hearts of each hungry soul. That as doors open in 2020 to travel abroad that chains of oppression would be broken, and that sickness will be healed in Jesus Mighty Name! We pray that the Lord would speak to the nation’s once again in a powerful way concerning things to come and that all nations would repent from all corruption, witchcraft & idol ancestral worship in Jesus Mighty Name.
Ask the question: What will You have me do Lord?