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7th October 2011
Fasting for me is one of those practices, like baptism and worship, where I have learnt that the physical act seems to have a spiritual impact out of all proportion to the simple sacrifice of missing out a meal or two, or some other indulgence.
I believe it is a clear declaration to God that we are serious about an issue. It shows that we are prepared to deny our physical needs for spiritual gain; it creates more space for prayer in our busy lives and is a regular reminder to get down to prayer. The end result is something really powerful that changes things in the heavenlies.
Jesus said to the disciples in Matthew 6:18 that God "rewards" fasting and I believe that as we come to God in this way, he will hear and answer our prayers and requests. The translation of Mark 9:29 in some manuscripts includes "prayer and fasting". This is a translation that I have grown up with and tells us that fasting together with prayer has a unique role in our spiritual armoury as we seek to press forward with God.
In this season, let's trust God and give ourselves to prayer and fasting for breakthrough in relation to the building project and our impact on the town.
Reading: Mark 9:14-29
Next Prayer Meeting: Sunday at 7am (all welcome)
Posted by Steve Young