3 DAYS FASTING AND PRAYER FOR JUNE 14th, 15th & 16th 2019
THEME: "DRAWING CLOSER" Psalm 73:28 "But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all your works." This month of June I 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: 14th,15th & 16th of June 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 However, if you are under medication, these should only be withdrawn upon the advice of your doctor. 2.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 HELPS US BECOME SENSITIVE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. “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.”Acts 13:2 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 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 Uerusalem 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. Matthew 6:9-13 "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.11 Give us this day our daily bread.12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen." Day 1 – GOD'S PROVISION “Give us this day our daily bread” Read The Following First: Matt 6: 5-11 Matt 6: 19-34 1 Tim 6: 6-12, 17-19 Luke 12: 13-24 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need from day to day. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matt 6:31-34 Jesus teaches us in the disciples prayer to ask Father for our daily needs. Nothing wrong with asking, Father is an amazing provider. He loves to meet all our needs. The problem is we think we know better what our needs are than God does. Most of us would feel better if God simple provided enough for the next few years ! But we are in danger of missing the kingdom when we think like this. Jesus reminded us, “what does it prosper a man who gains the whole world, but loses his soul”. The rich young ruler left Jesus with all his “external stuff” but no kingdom internally. He lost his soul/identity. His idea of need was much different than Jesus wisdom. So what constitutes our needs? What is this daily bread we are to ask for? “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6:35. Jesus spoke this after he had fed the 5,000. Father does provide practically, but the real focus we are to seek after – what we are to concentrate on is Him. He is the bread we are to ask for. Beyond our practical needs, God knows we need Him first – His kingdom in us first- that’s why he said, “Seek first the Kingdom, then all the other things will come”. He is our daily bread…. Let him fill you first. Ponder: Read Matt 6:19-21 Take a honest assessment of your heart. What captures your heart and thoughts primarily – what is your treasure? How much of a hold does it have on you? Meditate on what Jesus tells about the Fathers provision in Matt 6:31-34 Meditate on what it means to daily receive Jesus as your life bread. Ask god to show you in what ways are you to seek first the kingdom What is your part? What is Gods part? Pray Pray through Prov 30:5-9, and 1 Tim 6:11-12. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you what you really need so you can live in the contentment these writers testify about.
Declare that every opportunity to prosper in mind, body, soul and spirit will not be missed this year that is remaining. Invite God to use you – seek out every opportunity to pray for others to bring glory to the Lord – decree that signs, wonders and miracles will follow us Pray for your family, workplace, city, ministry, global body of Christ to receive breakthrough to enter the new era of delight, freedom and prosperity in the Lord Pray for an increase of supernatural signs, wonders and miracles to be seen as believers pray for others and gather in groups to praise the name of the Lord. Decree exponential growth in your spirit, knowledge and wisdom, revelation Ask God to give you a spirit of generous giving so that you will be in a position bless others and in return be blessed. Intercede for Narrow Path Ministries (Rev Robert & Aida Clancy) and your church that God will supply exceeding, abundantly above all we could ask or think. Pray that every financial need will be met and that we will have more than enough to carry out the vision for this year and beyond. Pray: Father, we are confident of this very thing; that He who has begun a good work in us; in the Narrow Path Ministries at providing a building and new home for the ministry to have a training, healing and revival centre it in Jesus name (Philippians 1:6). Give thanks to God for this and for answered prayers in your personal life. Remember as you pray for others God takes care of your needs according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus. Declare out loud: “By God’s grace as we have nearly meet midyear, that the remaining of 2019 will continue to be a year of prosperity for me.” Day 2 – GOD'S GUIDANCE “and don’t let us yield to temptation” Read The Following First: Beb 4:14-16, 2:18 Prov 3:1-26 John 15:1-17 Gal 5:13-26 Eph 6:10-18 “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Cor 10:13 When Jesus taught us to pray this, he knew what he was talking about. (Luke 4) In reality Jesus is asking us that we pray for the same power he accessed in the wilderness – the power that the Spirit provides to resist, to avoid, to flee, to have discernment , to be able to be in the world, but not of the world. Temptations do come, (appetites, need for approval, ambition) but we don’t have to yield to them. When we do find ourselves in any temptation or trial, call out to God – PRAY! – He will show us the way through anything. Heb 2:18 tells us that Jesus who was tempted in everything as were are, and is now able to aid us who are being tempted. God led Jesus into the wilderness, where he was tempted, and overcame. Because of that, he not only sympathizes with us, but he has ability to aid us gain the spiritual strength needed to overcome every temptation. The key to gaining strength is allowing the Spirit to continually transform and lead you.
Gal 5 tells us that when we daily pursue the God honouring desires produced by the spirit in us, instead of giving in to our selfishness, we overcome the flesh allowing us to do what we were originally created to do – live lives that glorify God. Avoiding sinning is not our goal , it is following the spirits leading. Walking in the spirit is the constant daily practice Jesus modeled for us. When we abiding in his Word, yield to his pruning, respond to his leadings day-in-day-out, it will produce Godly fruit. Fruit does not simply appear, it grows over time when watered and fed daily. As we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to change our motivations, and conform our thoughts, feelings and habits, we’ll discover not only how to resist temptations, but we will invited into new adventures to see others be set free. Key: Your not alone. God put you in His family – to help strengthen us and equip us. We need brothers, sisters, spiritual leaders to equip us (Eph 4), to hold us accountable, and train us in the ways of the Spirit. Disciples never walk alone. Ponder: Read how Paul presents the conflict of our old & new nature in Rom 7:14-8:17. What was is his answer to the dilemma? What role did the Holy Spirit play? Read Matt 26:41 – what was Jesus warning us about ? What is the answer Jesus provided to overcome this power ? What temptations seem to have more power in your life right now? Question: Do you have someone, or a group of people you have asked to be a spiritual accountability in your journey to defeat any ongoing persistent temptations? Pray Pray through Eph 6:10-18 – pray out loud the word of God, it’s the sword. Intercede (pray for others), who are facing challenging temptations. Ask the Lord for that refreshing wind of Holy Spirit to blow upon you – decree that you are being given new strength (emotionally, spiritually and physically) Decree and believe that as you fast and pray, your passion will return – to see what God wants to reveal to you, to hear what the Lord is whispering to you, to move with the rhythm of Holy Spirit Decree that every broken wall, every stolen or lost moment, will be restored unto you Pray that the restoration and revival will be in EVERY area you need it in – that there will be no area in your life/ministry missed Decree that exponential growth will occur in the body of Christ and the finances to prosper Pray for a new and great manifestation of God’s miracle power in your life, Narrow Path Ministries, Your church, and Your nation. Seek the Lord for miracles, signs, and wonders that will amaze the people and bring glory to the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that God’s healing power would come into your life in all of its fullness. Ask that He would heal you from sickness and disease, and from every hurt, brokenness, and defeat. (3 John vs. 2; Isaiah 53:5) There are hidden strongholds that are blocking your progress in life. Pray against those strongholds. Ask God to reveal them to you so that they can be broken (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). Name the specific stronghold in your life and family and command it to be broken in Jesus’ name. Day 3 – GOD'S PROTECTION “...but deliver us from the evil one” Read The Following First: Psalm 119:133 John 17:1-25 1 Pet 5:8, James 4:7 Acts 4:24-31 “Holy Father, you have given me [Jesus} your name; now protect them by the power of your name so that they will be united just as we are….. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth. I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message….” John 17:11-20 In Jesus prayer (John 17), we discover he is interceding for us! For protection, to be kept safe from the evil one – why ? Because we are sent into the world as Jesus was, to do what he did. To be an ambassador of this kingdom and King – announcing the good news, the Gospel to everyone! We are to heal the sick, to free (deliver) people oppressed from the power of evil. To do this, we must do what Jesus did - we also must cultivate a life of prayer not only ourselves, but for others. The bottom line – it is a spiritual battle, and the as Paul wrote to the Ephesians, “you must put on all your spiritual armour in order to fight”. Intercessory prayer happens when we take a position between heaven and earth on behalf of another person. We’re asking God to give someone a loaf of bread, or experience a healing, a demonstration of God’s provision and kingdom reality. Whether it’s a situation an individual is facing, or a city or nation, we recognize that God has the power to change circumstances. Most of us are accustomed to pray for ourselves or another person, but we seem to need more prompting to pray on a larger scale – for a community or a city, or even a country. We all recognize the importance of spending time with God personally, but we can not miss the fact that the praying together with others is also needed and required. Our rugged individualism in the west has left us somewhat powerless in corporate prayer. The disciples prayer is meant to be prayed corporate for more than ourselves - “Our, Father… give us our bread… lead us from temptation… deliver us from the evil one” Ponder: How is your intercessory prayer for others? Take time today to focus on others,. your community, church family, relatives, friends and people in your sphere of daily life who need to be free from the kingdom of darkness. Pray for political leaders, missionaries, countries that you known have need. Before the prayer-fast weekend is done, call someone to join together in agreement in all that you have declared upon your life and the person you also have been lifting up in prayer. Pray for boldness and the Holy Spirits power and gifts to be stirred among you. Look back over the past 3 days and thank the Lord for every transition and shift (no matter how small) you have made (spiritually, emotionally and physically) during this period of fasting and praying. Declare that on Day 3, your transformation and breakthrough will be complete according to God’s will and riches. Decree that you will have a relentless pursuit to walk in the fullness of what Christ has promised you. Decree that there is no going back to the old season. Speak completeness of turnaround in your healing, health and wealth in your spirit, emotions and physically. Thank the Lord for every person who fasted and prayed during this period – that they too will experience the fullness of transformation and transition in spirit and circumstances. Pray for an alertness and an awakening from spiritual slumber, and a grafting in of the saints into the Body. Declare readiness over God’s people for radical change! Decree that lives are being characterised by an increasing hunger for a new move of God. Thank the Lord that He is changing you. Thank Him for His love that does not want to leave you the way you are. Pray that His plans and His will come to pass in your life as you submit to Him. Pray for all the singles partaking in the fast who are seeking life partners. Ask God to guide them to the person who will really be a blessed spouse to that person. Pray for wisdom, guidance, and strength to overcome fleshly desires