Updated: May 18, 2019
3 DAY FASTING TO PRAY FOR OPEN HEAVEN
Theme: PRAYING TO WALK IN OPEN HEAVENS
Theme Scripture: Deuteronomy 28:12 “ The Lord will open to you His good [b]treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.”
This month of May 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: 17th,18th & 19th of May 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
PRAYER POINTS FOR THIS WEEKS FASTING & PRAYER
THE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL IN PRAYER IS LISTENING FOR GOD’S DIRECTIONS FOR OUR LIVES!
God has unique relationships with all of us and therefore our prayer lives are unique as well. Some of us put unnecessary pressures on ourselves to pray like someone we have heard, when the most important thing that God wants from us, is for us to Seek His Face (Psalm 27:8), to look for Him, the All Knowing for guidance, to love on Him, and continuously build a relationship with Him (John 15:14-15). A relationship with God is similar in one way to relationships with others, the more we communicate the stronger the relationship becomes; the communication is in fact our relationship. Prayer is our relationship with God.
No prayer = no relationship with God
More prayer = BIGGER relationship with God
A humble heart and a mind open to Jesus is what He expects, and the Holy Spirit will do the rest (Romans 8:26,27).
WHY SHOULD WE PRAY?
We pray because we love God, We pray to worship God for who He is, We pray to say thanks to our Father, We pray to God to praise Him, We pray to petition God, We pray to confess our sins, We pray to intercede for others, We pray against the enemies of God, We pray to listen to God, We pray to resist temptation, We pray because He directs us to His perfect will.
Baggage Control: getting rid of the emotional and spiritual baggage of the past to enable God’s people to be free to do what God called us to do Whether this is your first time fasting, or you have done this many times, the result is always a closer connection with God and a stronger church family. Please let us know you’ll be fasting with us – that we may cover you in prayer also.
DAY 1: - BREAKING THE CYCLE OF DEFEAT
FRIDAY 17th of May 2019
Scripture for meditation: Judges 6:1-10
One of the things that we read about yesterday, was dealing with the open doors in our lives, through which the enemy can, or has come in to attack us.
In today's key Scripture, we read the story of the Israelites in the days of Gideon being under attack by the Midianites on a periodic basis. This the bible said, was because the Lord had turned them over to the Midianites for seven years because Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord.
There are a few things that I'd like us to look at in this Scripture:
Israel was overwhelmed by the Midianites. It was a persistent cycle of defeat, losses and discouragement that had occurred consistently every year for seven years.
They would Sow their crops, but as the bible says: Judges 6:3-4 “Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites, and the people from the east would attack them. 4They invaded the land and devoured its crops all the way to Gaza. They left nothing for the Israelites to eat, and they took away the sheep, oxen, and donkeys.”
Whenever the Israelites planted the crops, they had an onslaught from their enemies who over ran them and devoured their harvest. This was a systemic attack on Israel's prosperity and wellbeing that the bible says, left Israel impoverished and as written in the ESV translation:
“And Israel was brought very low because of Midian. And the people of Israel cried out for help to the LORD.” (Judges 6:6)
If we read the story further (Judges 6-10), we see God through the mouth of His prophet, telling Israel why they were suffering such a fate. They were living in disobedience to God’s command.
An interesting thought about this story can be found in Judges 6:1,6-8:
Let’s first look at Judges 6:1 “The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD gave them into the hand of Midian seven years.”;
Then Judges 6:6 - “And Israel was brought very low because of Midian. And the people of Israel cried out for help to the LORD.”
And finally, Judges 6:8a - “When the people of Israel cried out to the LORD on account of the Midianites, the LORD sent a prophet to the people of Israel.”
It is interesting to note that WHEN the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help (v6), He sent a prophet to tell them what was wrong (v8), and thereafter raised a deliverer for them in Gideon. Reading verse 1 of the story again, the thought occurred to me: Could Israel have been in this terrible situation for so long, and only just cried out to the Lord for help after suffering for 7 years?
If that was so, the reason may be deduced from the verse: The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord gave them over into the hand of Midian 7 years. Could it be that they were not aware, that they were oblivious to their disobedience and that the Lord had turned His back on them? Could it be that they did evil in the sight of the Lord but not in their own eyes? Think about that for a moment…
How many of us are suffering under the curse of oppression, defeat and discouragement and have spent years fighting and “binding” the devil, but the real “enemy” is closer home than we thought?
God allowed the Midianites to devour Israel's harvest!
For you reading this today, if you have been caught in a cycle of defeat for any length of time, maybe the first step to take in breaking this cycle is for you to allow the Holy Spirit to search your heart and show you where you may be off with God.
We see a similar scenario of God allowing the devourer to prevail over his people in Haggai 1:1-11.
But as we will have noticed in both instances, when the people cried out to God for help, God sent a word through the mouth of His prophets, showed them where they had gone wrong, stopped the mouth of the devourer and brought restoration when they repented. Hallelujah!
This is a prophetic word of God to you today, that your change has come! If you will align yourself to him and align your heart to His word and will for your life, He will manifest as your Deliverer and the Restorer of your destiny!
For we know by His word, that He will not always be angry with us…that is the Good News, the benefit of the grace and redemptive power in the blood of Jesus and the cross of Calvary.
TODAY'S PRAYER POINTS:
Meditate on 1 John 1:8-9; 2 Chronicles 16:9a - "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him." (ESV)
Pray as David did in Psalm 19:12-14: “12Who can know all his errors? Please do not punish me for sins I am unaware of. 13Moreover, keep me from committing flagrant sins; do not allow such sins to control me. Then I will be blameless, and innocent of blatant rebellion. 14May my words and my thoughts be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my sheltering rock and my redeemer.”
Cry out to God for help against the devourer.
Petition God to bring an end to your cycle of defeat.
Ask God to turn your cycle of defeat into cycles of blessings.
Pray these prayers for yourself, your family and the church
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.
Intercede for Narrow Path Ministries (Rev Robert & Aida Clancy) your church members or family who need jobs. Pray for your applicants to be given good positions. Seek the Lord for His peace, wisdom, and grace to be on your applicants, as they interview for positions.
Pray for Robert Clancy Youtube Channel to grow and reach those in need of ministry, without any more hinderance in Jesus mighty name.
Pray for our upcoming missions to nations, may provision come and direct us exactly where the Lord wants us to go for His glory
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 and healing 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.
Pray that God would rule over the Australian Federal Election tomorrow 18th of May that righteous leaders would be elected to govern the nation of Australia in truth and justice because, “When the righteous are in authority the people rejoice.” Proverbs 29:2
Pray for a Spiritual Awakening in every nation, Revival and Transformation for all nation that seek the Lord and that the proclamation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to all nation. Matthew 28:19-20
DAY 2: WALKING IN
SATURDAY 18th of May 2019
Scripture for meditation: Acts 10:1-3 “There was a certain man in Cæsarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, 2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always. 3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. 4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.”
Assurance of Faith
We are believing God to bring an open heaven whilst we are waiting on the Lord in fasting and prayers. In this first instalment, I will like us to consider some things that we can hold on to, as we stand in prayers to believe God for our breakthrough.
What do we have to do to experience open heavens in our lives?
From the scriptures that we have been examining, we can see some helpful patterns emerge. One thing is very certain:
Child of God, you can live under open heavens. It is God's desire and plan for your life to live under, and experience continually open heavens. We are seated with Christ in heavenly places, and we know that Christ is seated in the very presence and at the right hand of the Father.
WHAT TO DO
God's Sovereignty — Many times, God opens the heavens to give man a revelation of His divine presence as a sovereign act without man's input.
Prayers — Our prayers position us to experience open heavens.
In our theme scripture today, Cornelius “provoked” open heavens, as the bible said concerning him:
“Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.” Acts 10:3b
This is also confirmed by the following two scriptures:
Luke 3:21— “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened…”
James 5:17-18 —"Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain and there was no rain on the land for three years and six months! 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land sprouted with a harvest.“
Have you remained steadfast and importunate in your prayers?
Giving — In the passage of scripture that we read earlier (Acts 10:3b), Cornelius's prayers and his generous giving pushed through the heavens to come before God. Your giving (material and financial) can cause the heavens to be open unto you.
Are you generous and consistent in your giving?
This principle can also be seen highlighted in Malachi 3:10 — "Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse so that there may be food in my temple. Test me in this matter,“ says the LORD who rules over all, "to see if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until there is no room for it all.”
Are you faithful in your tithes and offerings to those the Lord lays it upon your heart to give?
Righteous Living and Obedience— As we read in from these two scripture passages from (In Deuteronomy 28:1-23 “12 The Lord will open to you His good [b]treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you [c]heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.”
and 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 “ When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn fromtheir wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”)
, we see that God warned Israel that the heavens will be shut up against them if they lived in rebellion and sinned against Him; and conversely, He promised Solomon that with repentant heart and righteous living, His people's prayers will guarantee open heavens over their lives.
Are you living a life of obedience and righteousness?
Walking in God's Purpose — One of the ways for us to enjoy open heavens over our lives is to make a commitment to aligning with and walking in God's purpose for our lives. When we do this, God backs up His word in our lives with the whole of heaven's resources made available to fulfil His vision and call for our lives.
Are you walking in alignment with God's purpose for your life?
Faith — This is the building block that underpins every other thing that we have talked about.
It is the assurance of faith that we have in Christ Jesus, that guarantees us access to the throne room of God.
As the bible says in Ephesians 3:12b — “…in whom we have boldness and confident access to God because of Christ's faithfulness”.
As God did when Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal, and later when he declared to Ahab about God opening up the heavens to send down rain, God honoured Elijah because he honoured and declared God's words in faith. God responded to Elijah's faith by opening up the heavens to magnify His Name.
Child of God, God wants to do the same in your life as well.
Will you let Him?
Meditate on the points highlighted above, and use them as a checklist to prepare yourself as we on day 2 for this month's fast. Is there anything you need to do or redress in order to position yourself for what we are praying to God for?
Begin to petition God based on His word and pray that you will begin to walk in the tangible manifestation of open heavens over your life—your household, family, ministry, business, finances, church etc.
Declare and confess over your life, that from today, you will begin to operate and live under open heavens. That God will open the heavens unto you and over you.
Declare that every area of your life will begin to manifest the blessings and evidence of open heavens in the Name of Jesus.
DAY 3: - GUILTY BUT DISCHARGED
SUNDAY 19th of May 2019
Scripture for meditation: John 14:30, Proverbs 28:13
On this third day of our fasting and prayers, we want to clear the way that was opened with our thanksgiving, from any resistance or opposition of the enemy's accusations against us.
John 14:30 — “The prince of this world cometh but he has nothing in me”.
What Jesus was saying — the Prince of this world cometh, but He has no hold, has no claim, has no power over me; He has nothing against me with which he can accuse me!
This is one of the boldest statements that you'd find any man ever utter against Satan. However, unlike every or any other man, only Jesus Christ could confidently make such an audacious declaration without any fear of contradiction, because He was totally free from any sin that the enemy could hold against Him.
The Bible tells us that the accuser accuses us before the Father day and night, looking for legitimate charges that he might bring against us before the courts of heaven to oppose or to resist us.
But then again, we are also told that we have a counter suit against the enemy on our behalf, brought by the speaking of the blood of Jesus — He ever liveth to intercede for us before the Father!
The Bible tells us that unconfessed sin is a very powerful tool and an imminently destructive weapon in the hands of the accuser.
As the Bible says in our other bible text for today in Proverbs 28:13; "He who covers his iniquities will not prosper";
If the Prince of this world were to turn his searchlight on us, he would no doubt be confident of finding things in our lives with which to accuse us before God in other to hinder, resist or oppose us.
The concluding half of Proverbs 28:13 goes on to give us hope of redemption —"...but the one who confesses and renounces them will find mercy".
Ask the Holy Spirit to turn His searchlight on you today to highlight any areas of your life where you might have sinned or are sinning against God. Judge yourself that you might not be judged.
Ask Him to reveal anything to you that the enemy might have used or is using to accuse you before the courts of heaven.
Finish by praying and meditating on Psalm 19:12-14.
Claim the promise of the scriptures in 1John 1:9.
Our God has a great pedigree of making good on His promises — He is FULLY invested in your success. That's the deal that Jesus brokered for you on the cross of Calvary!
Listen to what the bible says in the book of James (James 2:2-8 ):"My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, not deficient in anything. 5But if anyone is deficient in wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without reprimand, and it will be given to him. 6But he must ask in faith withoutdoubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed around by the wind. 7For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8since he is a double-minded individual, unstable in all his ways."
I believe that God has been bringing many people that He is going to use mightily in this coming season, to the place where they will have lost all confidence in self, and had to bring the flesh and self to the cross in total Surrender. A place of emptiness and brokeness, where we had no choice but to make room for God to fill the vacuum that is left in us and to trust and depend entirely on the Holy Spirit, to inspire the wisdom and the strength to navigate through the labyrinth of the maze of confusion andsometimes even despair that we have been wading through.
That was the story of many Christians last year – a sense of dissatisfaction and restlessness about the status quo that I believe the Holy Spirit instigated to create a hunger and a yearning for more of Him in this coming season.
I believe also, that this season will begin to manifest the fruits of our travails in prayers and the times that we have spent in patiently waiting on Him, as we learn to lay down our agenda and let Him work His will in us.
I am very excited about the remaining of this year; there will be a great harvest of souls returning to the Lord and fresh converts added to the body. As dark as things may have been or indeed are going to be, that is the cue for true believers to really arise and shine with a reflection of His glory Make sure you are one of them that God will find useful and available for this end time move of His Glory.
In closing, hear this admonition from the Lord to you today from 1Pet 5:8-11."Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering. 10And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11To him belongs the power forever. Amen."
• Ask God to fill you with the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit.
• 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.
INTERCESSION FOCUS: Spiritual Warfare and Deliverance for Narrow Path Ministires (Rev Robert & Aida) and your local Church 2 Chronicles 20:15
• Pray against any plots of Satan to put a limitation on our church’s expansion and increase to be defeated (Revelation12:10)
PERSONAL PRAYER FOCUS: Guidance and Direction for the Remaining of May and remaining Year Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
• Pray for guidance for every decision you face this this remaining of May and year remaining. Ask the Lord to give you clear direction. Commit yourself to God to obey whatever the Lord tells you to do. (Proverbs 3:5-6, Acts 10:3-6, Psalm 33:11)
• Pray for your steps to be ordered by the Lord. Ask God to open amazing opportunities for you in your career, education, relationships, and spiritual life.
• God is going to open doors for you that you didn’t expect. Ask him to surprise you with his goodness. Pray that no obstacle of the enemy will prevent you from passing through the doors of God’s blessing.
• Stand firm against the enemy who is trying to block you from your destiny. In the name of Jesus come against every power of darkness. Resist the power of the devil over your life. (James 4:7) Break every curse against your progress.
• Plead the blood of Jesus over your health, your finances, your family, and your spiritual life.
LET US KNOW IF YOU WILL PARTICIPATE THAT WE MAY PRAY FOR YOU FROM THE PRAYER MOUNTAIN