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Increasing Prayer Power through fasting

Q21 Increasing Prayer Power through fasting ?

Fasting increases our prayer power...that is the tool to increasing our prayer power.

Mt 17:19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

  • 20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
  • 21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

    Calling on Jesus Name through prayer without faith is called presumption, and is taking the Lord's Name in vain. But the disciples were not rebuked for their lack of faith so much as a lack of prayer preparation.If our prayer power is to increase, we much learn to mediate and fast during prayer. Practice a 48 hour of fasting and prayer, each week.

    They observed many of the rules prescribed by the rabbis, and even hoped to be justified by the works of the law. Fasting was practiced by the Jews as an act of merit, and the most rigid among them fasted two days in every week. The Pharisees and John's disciples were fasting when the latter came to Jesus with the inquiry, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but Thy disciples fast not?" {DA 276.4}

    The Jews made such tools into legalism works of salvation....please avoid legalism...you cannot earn your salvation in Jesus...however we need to use these tools to help us pray more powerfully in Jesus Name.

    Or take the advice of Paul Bragg, the health food expert who wrote many books on health, such as "Water, the shocking truth, 1998". He fasts every Monday of the month, for several days.

    Science today has learned that fasting forces the body cells to wake up and repair the DNA more, thus such a tool causes our body cells to live longer and healthier.It also causes an increase in our brain network as a result of food NOT entering the body after two or three days. So there are many Science programs proving that fasting is good for us. There are programs that calorie restriction days followed by normal calorie days during the weekly cycle also promises some benefit.

    The true fast is no mere formal service. The Scripture describes the fast that God has chosen,--"to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke;" to "draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul." Isaiah 58:6, 10. Here is set forth the very spirit and character of the work of Christ. His whole life was a sacrifice of Himself for the saving of the world. Whether fasting in the wilderness of temptation or eating with the publicans at Matthew's feast, He was giving His life for the redemption of the lost. Not in idle mourning, in mere bodily humiliation and multitudinous sacrifices, is the true spirit of devotion manifested, but it is shown in the surrender of self in willing service to God and man. {DA 278.2}

    The true fast is about the living sacrifice we offer to GOD, to increase our spirit of devotion and to make us surrender more to Jesus daily.

    Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

    The fruit of our lips is prayer, the sacrifice of praise to GOD, is our bodies fasting so we remove all traces of sinning, especially the sins of appetite.Today in our world of fast eating and luxury pleasures, we eat too often and too much, we need more than any other time, to cut down in our calorie intake and to fast more often so we can pray more powerfully in Jesus Name.

    We would come together burdened in soul, praying that we might be one in faith and doctrine; for we knew that Christ is not divided. One point at a time was made the subject of investigation. Solemnity characterized these councils of investigation. The Scriptures were opened with a sense of awe. Often we fasted, that we might be better fitted to understand the truth. {CD 187.5}

    Fasting also helps us discern the Scriptures better. The removal of toxins from our blood clears the mind to allow the Holy Spirit to dwell more powerfully therein.

    We cannot be one united in Jesus, if we have differences in doctrine and faith. We must study the Scriptures and make all things the subject of investigation. Shalom

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