FASTING (5)                                                                           Ezra 8:21-23

So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer. (v23)

When we fast, victory is achieved firstly in the realm of the spiritual and then follows that in the physical Fourthly, we fast so that we may be heard in heaven. When Ezra faced the difficult assignment of leading his people through dangerous territory from their place of exile back to their own land, so that they might know how to proceed to receive God’s favour and protection, he proclaimed a fasting (Ezra 8:21-23) Similarly, when the Jewish nation faced its greatest crisis through a decreed threat of annihilation in the days of King Xerxes, Esther requested Mordicai to “gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” (v16) The jewish people were all spared and their enemy was destroyed in a sudden remarkable reversal of royal edicts. Fifthly, we fast to seek revelation regarding the will of God. If the kingdom of God and the will of God is to be “done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10),  those of us who are instruments of its coming need to know the will of the Father and be willing to act accordingly. In Acts 13:2-3 there is an account of believers in Antioch praying, fasting and worshipping the Lord that the Holy spirit chose to make known His will regarding the missionary assignment for Barnabas and Saul. In Daniel 9 Daniel waiting before God for revelation. (Daniel 9:3) “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding” (v22) – Angel Gabriel. (Stuart Robinson)

PRAYER LINE: Father, when Paul and Silas prayed, believers prayed, fasted and worshipped You, amazing miracles happened.  Let my prayer and fasting reverse the irreversible problems in my family.

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God gives by promise that we take by faith.  

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