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40 Days of Prayer and Fasting

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Sermon shared by Larry Brincefield

September 2006
Summary: I went to a conference where Elmer Towns spoke on 9 different types of fasts. This sermon was inspired by his presentation.
Denomination: Nazarene
Audience: Believer adults
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going to fast…
But that the ANIMALS were going to fast too!!
When God saw how serious these people were about turning from their sinful life…
God spared them the punishment that He had commanded Jonah to prophesy to them.
4. The Elijah Fast: To Solve Emotional & Mental Problems
A. In Isaiah 58:6, God’s Word says: Is not this the kind of fast I have chosen: to break every yoke?...
In 1 Kings 19:8, it tells us that Elijah was struggling with being discouraged and depressed…
Jezebel had killed other prophets…
And because of what God did through Elijah when the prophets of baal were killed…
Jezebel vowed that Elijah was going to be killed in response…
Elijah, just after having a great spiritual victory over the prophets of baal…
Suddenly became very discouraged and depressed…
He ran and hid and prayed that he might die…
He then fell asleep…
And then an angel woke him up…
There was a cake of bread and a jar of water…
And when Elijah ate those…
God gave him the strength to travel over 200 miles without any other food or water…
And ultimately encouraged him…
Over the period of a 40 day fast.
B. Some of you might struggle with emotional or mental problems…
You struggle with depression and discouragement…
Perhaps you should do the Elijah fast for emotional or mental struggles…
And see if the Lord will encourage you…
And strengthen you…
Just like He did Elijah.
5. The Widow’s Fast: to provide for the physical needs of others.
A. Isaiah 58:7, Is this fast not to share your food with the hungry? And provide the poor with shelter?...and clothes for the naked?...
God’s word tells us to fast for the physical needs of others…
Perhaps we need to fast for those who are hungry…
We can fast…
And then take the food…
Or the money that we would have spent on that food that we would have eaten…
And donate it to those who are hungry and poor.
6. The Paul Fast: to make life-changing decisions…
A. Isaiah 58:8 says that after this fast that “your light will break forth like the down”…
Sometimes when we are struggling with a decision…
We will feel that we are stumbling along in the dark…
We aren’t sure what to do…
And then, suddenly, a light will come on…
And we will know what to do…
You see this in comic strips…
The character will be wondering what to do…
And then suddenly, in one frame,…
They will show that character with a light bulb over their head…
And you know that they have figured out what to do…
In Isaiah 9:2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned”
This is what the birth of Jesus did for our world that we celebrate every year at Christmas.
B. In Acts 9:9, it tells us that Paul fasted for 3 days during that time when the Lord struck him blind on the road to Damascus…
And during that time, he was faced with a major decision…
Would he change everything?...
His livelihood…
His career…
His place in society?...
In order to serve Jesus Christ?...
C. Some of you might be facing major decisions…
Some of the major decisions that people face are…
Who to marry…
Where to live…
When to retire…
What to do for a career…
What type of medical treatment to pursue…
And if you find yourself facing a major life decision…
Perhaps you need to do the Paul Fast…
And ask the Lord to speak to you about your major decision.
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