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
- To pray for more laborers in His harvest
- To pray for more souls to be saved in His harvest
- If you did not hear this Sunday evening’s message regarding this, here is the link: Harvest Fest of Souls
- If you did not hear last Sunday morning’s message or last Sunday evening’s message in which both included this topic of prayer and fasting, here you go:
- Sunday am: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
- Sunday pm: The Tempter, The Temptations, The Transgressions or Triumphs