As we have just concluded this Sunday’s services, we have been challenged to take on this Thursday as a day of prayer and fasting at Bible Baptist Church.  A day with no food and dedicating our meal times to prayer for this Harvest Fest. Or a night with no sleep and dedicating the entire night to prayer for this Harvest Fest.

Fasting is denying myself of physical appetites.

  • The 2 greatest physical appetites are food and sleep.

God’s Word teaches:

  •  Matt. 17:21 “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”
  • Matt. 4:1 “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
    2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights,”
  • Matt. 9:38 “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
    • Preaching moves men, but prayer moves God.
    • Prayer and fasting moves God more as it reduces us more.
    • We often want God to send revival, but do not heed His instructions to see that done.
    • His instructions are to seek His face, pray, and fast.
    • There are many benefits to praying and fasting.
      • It is a physical denial of the flesh, which allows me to yield to the Spirit.
      • It is a dependence on God and not on my flesh or what I feed my flesh.
      • I am drawing nigh to God, He, then, is drawing nigh to me. What a great love relationship!
      • It breaks down pride, any egotism, self righteousness, or any other form of pride in my life.
      • God is able to reveal to me what is wrong with me.  This is very helpful, in many cases, I just cannot see my own pride.

2 Reasons for our church-wide day of Prayer and Fasting

  1. To pray for more laborers in His harvest
  2. To pray for more souls to be saved in His harvest