Summary: Fasting and Prayer is a powerful spiritual weapon.
Benefits of Prayer and Fasting
Isaiah 58: 6-12
6 "Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ’Here I am.’ "If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday.
11 The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
12 Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall rise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to dwell in. NKJV
12 specific benefits:
2. Healing and wholeness
4. The presence of Shekinah Glory
5. Answered prayers
6. Continual Guidance
10. Work the endures ( Like an ever flowing spring)
11. Raising up of future generations
Fasting and prayer is a powerful spiritual weapon that will effectively defeat sinful habitation is your life. It is the spiritual equivalent to the work out of an athlete in a gym.
As you fast and seek Gods face he will begin to implant His authority in your spirit born out of intimacy with him. The spiritual evil will know you have the relationship with God to defeat them by sensing the power of God in your life.
If you are seeking a physical healing from the Lord you need to fast and pray before believers seek God for your healing with you. If your marriage is having difficult times your need to fast and pray for a season before your expect your marriage to change. If your or someone you love has any form of chemical addiction they need to fast and pray so deliverance can actually happen in their life. Continual habits and temptations can be defeated if people will fast and pray.
Many of the chronic behavioral problems, mental problems, addictions, are explained in scripture as being caused by demonic forces. Listen church we are at war and one of our most effective weapon is fasting with prayer.
Fasting develops a holy atmosphere around you that pushes the evil away and beckons the holy into your soul.
I want you to see people who are in bondage all around you. People are broken, hurting, desperate, under he attack of Satan. This kind of spiritual bondage will not be helped by a Christian psychologist or the best psychiatrist. Words of encouragement will fail. Simple little prayers in the name of Jesus will not be effective.
Matt 17:21… But this kind of demon won’t leave unless you have prayed and gone without food." TLB
Mark 9:29… And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. KJV
When ever the Christian becomes serious about getting out of bondage. If the believer becomes desperate enough to follow the instruction of the bible.
We will then be able to stop the demonic forces, who invade our families and lives whenever they choose and bring to us continual pain and frustrations.
• Are you willing to pay the price to set the captives free?
• Are you willing to set into motion the events of fasting and prayer that will defeat the habits in your life?
• Are you willing to discipline your life to the extent necessary to see complete victory for you family.
The greater the needs that are around you = the greater the need for you to fast and pray.
II reasons to fast:
1. We fast in obedience to Gods word.
Fasting is embedded in God’s word. It has always been the toll for victorious leaders in both the old and new testaments. If the biblical record is any indication that winners, fast and losers do not.
2 Sam 1:12… They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. Mourning