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When We Fast

January 18, 2019

Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan River, being urged by the Spirit out into the barren wastelands of Judea, where Satan tempted him for forty days. He ate nothing all that time and was very hungry.
-    Luke 4:1-2

Right after Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit led Him into the wilderness. He fasted and prayed there for 40 days. Jesus knew there is a level of power that can’t be reached in any other way than by prayer and fasting.

Jesus is our example. He modeled for us the necessity of prayer and fasting to obtain an ultra-powerful anointing in our lives. If it was necessary for Jesus, it’s unquestionably necessary for us.

Why should we fast? What makes fasting and prayer so vitally important? Here are four things that happen when we fast:

1.    God’s Presence.  “And He said to them, ‘Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those days” (Luke 5:33).

Jesus said the disciples didn’t need to fast as long as they were in His physical presence. But a day would come when Jesus would no longer be with them, and then they would fast. Through fasting, they would feel Jesus’s presence in a powerful way, just as when He was with them physically on the earth. 

The same is true for us today. When we fast, we become more aware of God’s presence in our lives. We feel the power of His presence in our hearts. We see His presence working in our family and those around us.

2.    New Wine. In Luke 5:37, Jesus continued to explain what happens when we fast: “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined.  But new wine must be put into new wineskins…” 

New wine requires a new wineskin. The wine represents the Holy Spirit. If we want a new anointing of the Holy Spirit for a new season, we deny our flesh through fasting. We willingly submit our bodies—our “skin”—to the Lord so He can pour new wine into us.

3.    Living Word. When Jesus was fasting in the wilderness, He was tempted by Satan. In that time of testing, He used the Scripture with incredible authority and insight. In Matthew 4:4, Jesus rebuked Satan with these words: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” The Word was alive. It provided a weapon Jesus used against the attacks of the enemy.

The Bible is never more alive to us than when we fast. We become more anointed to hear and believe the Word when we fast. And, when we fast, we are strengthened to use the Word to defeat the enemy.

4.    Fiercer Demons.When He had entered the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “This kind cannot come out except by prayer and fasting” (Mark 9:28-29). Jesus told His disciples of fiercer demons—demons that can only come out by praying and fasting. 

This is a generation dealing with the fiercer demons. The demons causing drug addiction and its accompanying bondage, destruction, and death is a fiercer demon. This generation struggles with the fiercer demon of pornography. The list could go on and on. That’s why fasting is so essential. You see, fiercer demons don’t respond to someone who’s merely religious, but they must obey a disciple who has fasted and prayed.

I tell you this on the authority of God’s Word: When you fast, God will honor it. Offer your body to God by fasting. Spend extra time in prayer and in reading the Bible. Set aside time for worship. When you do these things, God will bless you in miraculous, powerful, unexpected ways. 
 

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account_circle Patricia Morales

I am amazed by the word of God. This message inspired me to fast more often, to improve how I fast, How I do it and when I do it. We need the fullness of God's power to represent him and do things he is waiting for us to do in his name. Part of the complete surrender to the will of our father is to do what it is necessary mentally, physically, emotionally, to do, be sensitive to his voice, presence and have his power. Jesus is not physically with us so we need to feel his presence to renew of bodies to be prepare for the new wine, pour to our souls, to have the authority to cast out demons by the power of the word. If we honor him he will honor us. Thank you for this powerful Message!

account_circle Mary Hayes

Hello CWilson , my co fasting member ! Wasn’t it a Wow message .I totally agree 😮! Your comment was very encouraging too. I also missed a few days and indulged in certain food I had promised to give up this year during my fasting season ! Therefore I will be completing my fast after the required 21 days too !! Because I know he is Faithful to us and he deserves the honor and glory ,so I am determine not to give in or up either!! Yes please let keep all our fasting team in prayer and praying for and overflow of a Thousand times more in our lives because we do serve an Awesome Big God 💫🌟Amen !

account_circle C Wilson

Wow! What a message! I really needed the this! from it I have gained strength and a renewed spirit. I have been lagging in my fast trying to assist someone with a personal situation, which without even realizing I have missed a few days and even indulged in eating. Funny enough this person apologized for disrupting my journey, to which my response was " don't worry about it, the devil is just testing my strength, I will be doing my three weeks staring today because I am determined not to him that satisfaction that he can derail me." So coming up on this message has made me even more determined. I know you all will be finished in a few days, while I go forward, so please pray for me on this note. There's too much at stake for me not to continue what I set out to do, greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. I have taken back my power from the fierce demon and I will be pressing forward in the Mighty name of Jesus! I want MY OVERFLOW ONE THOUSAND TIMES MORE!! I am Feeling so energized right now, even while composing this comment I am just glorifying God.Thank you Pastor Franklin for this powerful message and prayer. I pray God continue to strengthen and anoint you with His Holy Spirit. Let's continue to stay focus on the depth fasting and prayer will take us. God bless you all!

account_circle Mary Hayes

When you fast, God will honor it. Offer your body to God by fasting. Spend extra time in prayer and in reading the Bible. Set aside time for worship. When you do these things, God will bless you in miraculous, powerful, unexpected ways. Amen Lord Thank You for your word !! You are faithful !! And please forgive me that not being faithful on some days and ate and had evil thoughts and say unkind things to some of my family members 😢😢😢😐☹️

account_circle Mary Hayes

After reading this blog ! I got a understanding why it is a blessings to be able to fast and prayer and fasting is important during this Christmas journey! I need to confess and ask for forgiveness ... I really been mean and said things and had thoughts that was Christlike !! God please help me to Love and forgive my family and people ! 😢. Lord please let me feel your presence and anointing ! Praying Your word Psalms 91 over my family, CAFA , BBLA, My church ! Praying my family members are in Heaven ! That I will be a better stewards with my resources this year !! Also praying for the days I was disobedience during this fast !! 😢🙏🏾Amen in Jesus Name

account_circle Linda L Manley

For the past year have been watching you on TBN; sometimes on You Tube...this mornings sermon majorly hit HOME! I have accepted Jesus as my Lord & Savior and so relate when listening to you. BLESS YOU and all the work you do. Lost my spouse of over 53yrs -2 yrs ago and had no where to turn...GOD is there. Been in Recovery of AA for over 33yrs.. and KNOW that GOD does work MIRACLES... IF I were closer would be in your church services...thankful for TV and You Tube.