At the beginning of the year, our NLT decided to set aside 21 days in August for a movement wide prayer and fasting focus. Ideally all our ministers, churches and people would be aware of the focus and join us in praying and fasting for God to do something extraordinary across our movement. The sacrifice of fasting, the devotion to prayer and the sense of unity as a result of us focusing on this together will result in greater momentum and devotion.
Mark 9:29 (NKJV)
29 So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
The context of this passage is simple. The disciples despite their best efforts could not cast out the evil spirit from the boy. Jesus exercised his authority and the boy was set free.
Of the challenges, needs, sicknesses, people, circumstances, situations and tragedies we pray for, how many of them remain unchanged simply because we lack in the area of prayer and fasting? Now the answer is not as simple as the time devoted to prayer, because motive, faith and God’s purpose all seem to play a part. Authority flows through some with ease and for others it seems never to happen.
Can I challenge you all to join us in this initiative? Get your church on board, encourage people to sign up for the daily devotional and prayer list and let’s see God do something significant. Usually fasting relates to food, but you may also want to fast other things that take time in your day and instead, turn that time to prayer. Because 21 days is a long time and requires great discipline and physical health to fast all food for that length of time, we encourage you to consult with your doctor before embarking on such a total fast. I do understand not everyone will be able to fast for all 21 days but do what you can and let’s believe together.