Prayer & Fasting
Part 5 - Pastor Gerald

When John Wesley spoke of fasting, he said "First, let it be done unto the Lord with our eye singly fixed on Him. Let our intention herein be this, and this alone, to glorify our Father which is in Heaven."

Fasting: A Time of Feasting

Pastor and author Lance Witt, said: “When we decide to set aside time to fast, here is what I think would please the heart of God. Let's talk about this time of spiritual discipline not as a day of fasting, but a day of feasting - feasting on Jesus.

Lance goes on to tell about an orphanage in India where the staff and the children all fast every Friday. And you know what they call it? They call it their day of feasting on Jesus. And do you know what they do during their day of feasting? They pray for the American church.

  • Fasting is not so much about food as it is about focus.
  • Fasting is not so much about saying no to the body as it is about saying yes to the Spirit.
  • Fasting is not so much about doing without, it is about looking within.
  • Fasting is not so much about food as it is an outward response to an inward attitude and cry of the soul.
The American Church (including our church), has never been in more need for believers to fast and pray than at this very time. Will you set aside a minimum of one meal one time each week and spend that time in prayer for revival, restoration and a return to Biblical principles and living? You may find that it becomes a time of “Feasting on Jesus.”

A CALL TO FASTING AND PRAYER

That is why the Lord says, "Turn to me now, while there is time! Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. [13] Don't tear your clothing in your grief; instead, tear your hearts." Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful. He is not easily angered. He is filled with kindness and is eager not to punish you. [14] Who knows? Perhaps even yet He will give you a reprieve, sending you a blessing instead of this terrible curse. Perhaps He will give you so much that you will be able to offer grain and wine to the Lord your God as before!

[15] Blow the trumpet in Jerusalem! Announce a time of fasting; call the people together for a solemn meeting. [16] Bring everyone-the elders, the children, and even the babies. Call the bridegroom from his quarters and the bride from her private room. [17] The priests, who minister in the Lord's presence, will stand between the people and the altar, weeping. Let them pray, "Spare your people, Lord! They belong to you, so don't let them become an object of mockery. Don't let their name become a proverb of unbelieving foreigners who say, 'Where is the God of Israel? He must be helpless!' " Joel 2:12-17 (NLT)