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Sunday, September 30, 2012

40 Days To Save America Fast & Prayer - DAY 3




Matthew 18:19  “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven”

One of Mark’s first teachers, Derek Prince, used to say, “It’s not so much a matter of getting God to answer our prayers, as it is getting Him to hear our prayers.” Scripture is clear that if God hears us, He will answer…but we have control of the volume. It comes through agreement.

In Mark 11:25 and Matthew 6:14, Jesus said “When you stand praying and you have anything against anyone, first forgive.” So, this pipeline with God begins at a personal level. You must clear the atmosphere between you and heaven by dealing with those relationships where a vibration of bitterness and unforgiveness is hindering your sound.

As you pray for our nation in these days of fasting, humbling, and repentance, it’s “we” not “they” that have sinned. It’s we that are responsible for the state of our nation, not sinners. And in that light, we are to be priests, standing in the broken down place in intercession for America’s future, not proclaiming judgment.

There is a thick fog of chaos hanging over the atmosphere of America. It comes from the voices both secular and from the Church pronouncing judgment on America and is hindering the clear sound of heaven. God is not judging America. We live in a time of amnesty that began when Jesus went to Calvary and will continue until His return to judge the nations. He is now seated in heaven, ever making intercession, and has ordained us to join in harmony with Him. He has good plans for our future. Will we agree with the Lamb who sits on the throne for the turning of our nation? Will we harmonize together to make a sound that is heard in heaven? Let us clear our spiritual atmosphere so we can make a clear sound in heaven.

Day 3 Prayer: Ask the Holy Spirit to show you areas where you need to clear the air  and forgive.

 
May the blood of Jesus cover, bless and protect you!
~Mark & Cathie

Saturday, September 29, 2012

40 Days To Save America Fast & Prayer - Day 2




DAY 2

 

Reading 1 Kings 18:20-24; 1 Kings 18:30-35; 1 Kings 18:38-39  with special attention to verses 21 and 39.


1 Kings 18:20-24:  20 So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing.
22 Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.” Then all the people said, “What you say is good.” And all the people said, “That is a good idea.”

1 Kings 18:30-35  30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which had been torn down. 31 Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, “Your name shall be Israel.” 32 With the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs of seed. (about 24 pounds) 33 He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.” 34 “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again. “Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time. 35 The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.

1 Kings 18:38-39  38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”


In these passages, the nation of Israel had turned to idol worship. On Mt. Carmel the prophet Elijah and the prophets of Baal had a showdown to see whose God would answer by fire so the nation would no longer halt between two opinions: to serve God or to serve Baal.

We cannot make our nation put God first, but we can put God first in our lives. Do you
identify with the name of Jesus at all times or only when it is convenient? Do you halt
between two opinions?
Spend time in prayer and settle for yourself that the LORD, HE IS GOD.

“WILL HUMBLE THEMSELVES…”

The definition of humble is: 1) not proud or arrogant 2) low in importance 3) courageously respectful 4) insignificant, inferior, meek, or submissive 5) to destroy the independence or will of.


Day 2 Prayer:  Lord, I come to the blood that speaks better things. I come to the blood that speaks of better promises. Lord, I plead your blood over my sins and over the sins of my nation. We have fallen short of your glory, and turned from your paths. On behalf of my nation, I come to your mercy seat and apply the blood of sprinkling over the United States of America. We turn to You, Lord, and ask for your restoration and revival.

 

May the blood of Jesus cover, bless and protect you!
~Mark & Cathie

Friday, September 28, 2012

40 Days To Save America Fast & Prayer - Day 1


The following forty-day fast is sponsored by Mahesh & Bonnie Chavda of Chavda Ministries International.

Day 1

Read II Chronicles 7:13-14

It is time to battle for the soul of our nation. Look how the current natural and economic
crisis of America mirrors II Chronicles and Joel. If you are called by the name of Christ, you qualify. You are privileged to join with God to make a difference in the state of “our land”.

God clearly defined in II Chronicles 7:14 what HIS people were to do when they saw certain disasters. This 40 day prayer and fasting guide is meant to individually and corporately direct us to fulfill the 4 “ifs” of II Chronicles 7:14"if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." The guide is two-fold: (1) calling for individual action and (2) prayer for the church, the nation  and the peace of Israel.

Receive instruction from God as to how He would have you wage war on your knees for this nation and its leaders. Fasting is encouraged. However, be sensitive to your personal health issues. You may wish to consult a physician before fasting. If you cannot do a Daniel Fast, Juice Fast, or Meal Fast, you may elect to fast from TV, etc. Determine in your heart what part God would have you commit to in prayer/fasting. Resolve to be faithful for 40 days.


DAILY PRAYER:

Lord God, we come humbly before you in fasting and prayer, that you give us godly leaders that will seek Your face, walk in Your ways,  make just decisions, and bring glory and honor only to Your Name. Lord, we pray to bring this country back to its founding principles of "in God we trust", we repent from our un-Godly ways oh Lord and pray that you hear our cry, that we might be forgiven and that you will heal this great nation. Lord we pray for the church, the bride of Christ, that she will turn and re-acknowledge the roots in Pentecost. We pray for all church leaders of every denomination, that they will look to you and you alone in seeking the truth to lead. Lord we pray for the safety and peace of Israel, as we know that she will always be protected as she is your land. Lord we thank you and we praise you and humbly pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ.

"If my people which are called by my name…"

May the blood of Jesus cover, bless and protect you!
~Mark & Cathie

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fasting Formats & Supporting Scripture





As stated in the previous article on Fasting & Prayer found HERE  there are different types of fasts, but we will cover five different fasting possibilities in this article, as well as scriptures supporting fasting and prayer.


First Off, Everyone Can Fast! Even those who, due to medical problems, are unable to food fast are encouraged to fast various forms of media (TV, movies, internet, etc) or other normal activity like watching football for the duration of the fast in place of food...we can always find some way to fast!

We encourage you to pray about what type of fast God wants you to do. It is important to remember that whatever type of fast you feel led to do, the purpose of fasting is to draw nearer to God and put our hunger for more of Him before anything else. In addition the fast is ALWAYS combined with prayer, using the time that we would normally be preparing or eating meals to pray, in addition to additional times during the day (i.e. lunch time, break time, etc)


·         Total “Supernatural” fasting - No food or liquid. This type of fast is obviously the most strenuous (and possibly dangerous) fast and should only be undertaken by people who are totally lead by the Holy Spirit and in optimum physical health. Jesus miraculously fasted in this way for 40 days in the desert, lead by God.

·         Water-Only Fast – Just as the name implies, this fast entails the intake of water only for the duration of the fast.

·         The Daniel Fast – In Daniel 10: 2-3 it is written that “In those days, I, Daniel, had been mourning for three entire weeks.  I did not eat any tasty food, nor did meat or wine enter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all until the entire three weeks were completed.” Further it is explained in Daniel 1:14, “Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink”. So for twenty one days Daniel only ate  fruits and vegetables, no meat or delicacies. This is a very popular form of fasting because, while doing without meat protein or ‘delicacies’ the person fasting is still restricting food intake. This can entail eating only vegetable soup or juicing or steaming veggies…but only veggies and only water to drink.

*NOTE: Another restriction on this diet is that no processed foods should be eaten. That is nothing frozen or, especially, from a can as these may contain additives or, in the case of canned veg, a lot of salt, which is to be avoided during the fast.

·         Juice fasting – This is a fast of fresh fruit & vegetables juiced or blended together into a liquid, then drank. This type of diet can be incorporated into the Daniel fast as well or done strictly throughout the fasting duration.

·         Reduced number of daily meals – This is a great way to fast for people that cannot limit too much food or water intake. Just as the name implies, simply reduce the number of meals in your day and use that time to pray.

Fasting in Scripture

The Old Testament practice of fasting was closely linked with a "spirit of mourning" or repentance.

For example, in Leviticus 16:29-31 it is permanently commanded in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall humble your souls and not do any work…for it is on this day that  atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you;  you will be clean from all your sins before the Lord.  It is to be a sabbath of solemn rest for you”.  

So this is a permanent fasting from work of any kind. The result is Yom Kippur, day of atonement.

The prophets often called Israel to a fast as a means of producing repentance. Joel 2:12 says Yet even now,” declares the Lord,“Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning”.

Aside from the Day of Atonement, which mandated fasting, the Old Testament practice of fasting was closely linked to special times of national peril–war, famine, and pestilence. Unfortunately much of this became a formality. Isaiah pointed out that people were fasting because of a greedy desire to receive something for themselves. However, God wanted to see them fast to bring justice, get rid of selfishness, and help others who were in need:

Isaiah 58:2-6  “Yet they seek Me day by day and delight to know My ways, As a nation that has done righteousness And has not forsaken the ordinance of their God. They ask Me for just decisions, They delight in the nearness of God.  ‘Why have we fasted and You do not see? Why have we humbled ourselves and You do not notice?’ Behold, on the day of your fast you find your desire, And drive hard all your workers. “Behold, you fast for contention and strife and to strike with a wicked fist. You do not fast like you do today to make your voice heard on high.  “Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humble himself? Is it for bowing [one’s head like a reed And for spreading out sackcloth and ashes as a bed? Will you call this a fast, even an acceptable day to the Lord?  “Is this not the fast which I choose, To loosen the bonds of wickedness, To undo the bands of the yoke, And to let the oppressed go free And break every yoke?”

In New Testament times, the practice continued as the Pharisees imposed an elaborate tradition of fasts and observances upon the people of Israel. But Jesus totally rejected the outward accompaniments of fasting found in the Old Testament as well as external things the Pharisees did to draw attention to themselves when they fasted. Jesus indicated the person fasting must fast unto the Lord, going about his business in the usual way and keeping his fast a secret before God

Matthew 6:16-18  “Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they [a]neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face 18 so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

While Jesus rejected all attempts to publicize fasts, He himself believed and practiced fasting as willfully demonstrated in His 40-day wilderness experience:

Matthew 4:1,2   Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry.

The apostle Paul refers to times of fasting, whether voluntary or imposed upon him by the circumstances of life

2 Corinthians 6:4-7  but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger, in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love,  in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left

The early believers included fasting as a needful prerequisite before releasing the early missionaries for ministry

Acts 13:2-3   While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.


Further examples of fasting in scripture:

1 Samuel 7:6  "So they gathered together at Mizpah, drew water, and poured it out before the Lord. And they fasted that day, and said there, "We have sinned against the
Lord." And Samuel judged the children of Israel at Mizpah."

They were in sin a battle was forming of the enemy against them and the next day was dooms day so they operated in that fast.  It was a two-fold fast of repentance but more than that it was because danger and chaos was coming to the nation the next day. The fast had two different focuses repentance/ preparation.


Jonah 3: 3-5  "So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD.
Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent. And
Jonah began to enter the city on the first day's walk. Then he cried out and
said, "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!" So the people of
Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the
greatest to the least of them."

The whole city of Nineveh fasted in the Lord withheld judgment, the crisis
that was coming to wipe out the city and the nation.


Matthew 17:21  "However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."

In speaking with regards to casting out demons, Jesus instructs His disciples that some demons can only be cast out by prayer & fasting.



However you are lead to join us in the upcoming 40 day fast, remember, as it is written in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  Stay strong, stay in the Word, stay in the Spirit and stay in prayer.

May The Blood of Jesus cover, bless & protect you!
~Mark 





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