Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; 18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. Matthew 6:16-18 KJV In the Sermon of the mount Jesus addresses the individual fast and prayer. He begins both with "When ye fast…" and "When ye pray…"! It's not if, but when! The individual is expected to fast and pray in addition to giving alms! Jesus warns about making a public show of these exercises. As a corporate body, the church is also expected to fast. Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. 14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God? 15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: 16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. 17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? 18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people. Joel 2:12-18 KJV And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink? 34 And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? 35 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days. Luke 5:33-35 KJV Why Fasting? 1. FASTING ASSISTS IN DISCIPLINE TO THE FLESH, AND SELF LIFE. The denial of self and selfish pleasures helps the believer into a position of humility before God. But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. Psalms 35:13 KJV As Isaiah warns when the people were "[asking,] 'Why should we fast, if you don't see? Why mortify ourselves, if you don't notice?' "Here is my answer: when you fast, you go about doing whatever you like, while keeping your laborers hard at work. Your fasts lead to quarreling and fighting, to lashing out with violent blows. On a day like today, fasting like yours will not make your voice heard on high. " Is this the sort of fast I want, a day when a person mortifies himself? Is the object to hang your head like a reed and spread sackcloth and ashes under yourself? Is this what you call a fast, a day that pleases ADONAI?

If thou canst believe. Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you. and lifted him up. O faithless generation. clothing the naked when you see them. FASTING AND PRAYER BRINGS DELIVERANCE AND VICTORY! It came to pass after this also. behold. were greatly amazed. 15 And straightway all the people. Why could not we cast him out? 20 And Jesus said unto them. that the children of Moab. and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. and gnasheth with his teeth. and into the waters. Lord. and help us. and it . help thou mine unbelief. which hath a dumb spirit. sharing your food with the hungry. 1 Corinthians 5:1-2 KJV 2. come out of him. 28 And when he was come into the house. and. Of a child. and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles. insomuch that many said. taking the homeless poor into your house. came against Jehoshaphat to battle. which is Engedi. If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed. fulfilling your duty to your kinsmen!" (CJB) Isa 58:3-7 Fleshy carnal Christians become puffed up and offended at the smallest rebuke. and set himself to seek the LORD. saying. and they could not. 21 And he asked his father. and the children of Ammon. 23 Jesus said unto him. 18 And wheresoever he taketh him. 2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat. What question ye with them? 17 And one of the multitude answered and said. ye shall say unto this mountain. 20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him. 4 And Judah gathered themselves together. and said. saying unto him. and came out of him: and he was as one dead. when they beheld him. letting the oppressed go free. and rent him sore. 3 And Jehoshaphat feared. and wallowed foaming. he teareth him: and he foameth. or effort at correction! It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you. 25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together. and have not rather mourned. 19 He answereth him. his disciples asked him privately. all things are possible to him that believeth. Thou dumb and deaf spirit. that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 2 And ye are puffed up. but by prayer and fasting. breaking every yoke. straightway the spirit tare him. and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out. have compassion on us. Mark 9:14-29 KJV Then came the disciples to Jesus apart. and said with tears. 26 And the spirit cried. Remove hence to yonder place. they be in Hazazontamar. he rebuked the foul spirit.releasing those unjustly bound. and he arose. he saw a great multitude about them. Master. 22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire. untying the thongs of the yoke."Here is the sort of fast I want. 16 And he asked the scribes. 24 And straightway the father of the child cried out. This kind can come forth by nothing. and with them other beside the Ammonites. I charge thee. He is dead. I believe. that one should have his father's wife. and running to him saluted him. and he fell on the ground. There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria. how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. Why could not we cast him out? 29 And he said unto them. to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing. 27 But Jesus took him by the hand. and saith. I have brought unto thee my son. How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said. to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD. and enter no more into him. 2 Chronicles 20:1-4 KJV And when he came to his disciples. and the scribes questioning with them.

and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. and will heal their land. Matthew 17:19-21 KJV Remember also Ezra and Esther! 3. I stood trembling. In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel. and are on active duty in the warfare against evil. one of the chief princes. and seek my face. and shifted loyalties! You have enlisted. a man greatly beloved. and said unto him. We're at war and we're on the winning side! There is NO CEASEFIRE! God is a God of Peace. but God is not a pacifist! There are no pacifists in the kingdom of God! Passivity is not pleasing to God! . and to chasten thyself before thy God. neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth. The kingdom of a God is at constant war against the kingdom of satan. or if I send pestilence among my people. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but. 4 And in the four and twentieth day of the first month. and my face toward the ground. came to help me. and I retained no strength. 13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain. 2 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. O Daniel. 3 I ate no pleasant bread. 11 And he said unto me. And the LORD appeared to Solomon by night. Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand. and saw this great vision. which is Hiddekel. 14 Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days. an hand touched me. Fear not. 14 If my people. Michael. 9 Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words. and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption. whose name was called Belteshazzar. And when he had spoken this word unto me. but a great quaking fell upon them. till three whole weeks were fulfilled. neither did I anoint myself at all.shall remove. but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing. and his face as the appearance of lightning. and his eyes as lamps of fire. and will forgive their sin. whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: 6 His body also was like the beryl. and the thing was true. then will I hear from heaven. lo. and had understanding of the vision. 5 Then I lifted up mine eyes. thy words were heard. 7 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision. so that they fled to hide themselves. FASTING AND PRAYER BRINGS REVELATION. 12 Then said he unto me. FASTING AND PRAYER AVERTS JUDGEMENT. which are called by my name. and turn from their wicked ways. which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass. 21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. and looked. and I remained there with the kings of Persia. shall humble themselves. understand the words that I speak unto thee. and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude. then was I in a deep sleep on my face. Daniel 10:1-14 KJV Let's not kid ourselves! Once you become a child of God you have declared publicly that you have changed sides. and nothing shall be impossible unto you. and behold a certain man clothed in linen. and pray. or if I command the locusts to devour the land. 2 Chronicles 7:12-14 KJV Remember also Nineveh! 4. and I am come for thy words. 10 And. behold. I have heard thy prayer. 8 Therefore I was left alone. as I was by the side of the great river. and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.

20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly. Remember political emancipation does not imply spiritual emancipation! Spiritual emancipation comes when we have identified the spiritual bondages in our lives. and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. oftentimes to the ignoring of. we can then resist the devil and know that he will flee from us! Everyone has their pet schemes and dreams. Manipulation is controlling or influencing a person or group by deceptively clever or unscrupulous ways. our families. we can intensify that prayer by fasting. unless they really love The Lord. 19 And for me. that I may open my mouth boldly. which are always to them. and not to pat oneself on the back saying "I did it"! Rather it is to say "We are but unprofitable servants"! To agree in payer is to harmonize with each other. Any commitment apart from love. People cannot expect to be committed. is legalistic and unacceptable with The Lord. but the bottom line is to judge everything by the word of God. and fail to lean on The Lord. Witchcraft is manipulation.There is a spirit rebellion and witchcraft in the land and they go hand in hand. As we submit ourselves to God. more important than any other business. our states and our country and break them! As we identify the various spirits of bondage and come against them in prayer. At the end of the day. We take on all things in our own way. as I ought to speak. the greatest desire of the church is to glorify God. Is what the leadership planning and organizing a vital need. Ma y may question the decision of the church leadership in one direction or the other. or rebellion against God's plans. and you receive what you agree upon! At the end of Ephesians 6 Paul concluded his description of the spiritual conflict and covering with the following: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit. Ephesians 6:18-20 KJV ALL PRAYER!!! Over every bit of the armor is ALL PRAYER! Praying in the Spirit is the glue that holds the armor together! It is the vital connection to heaven that energizes every facet of the armor making it vibrate with tremendous Divine Power that is UNBEATABLE! . to make known the mystery of the gospel. and does it supersede what you see as a need? Needs rank in order of importance. The problem comes when we become caught up in petty and trivial affairs. our communities. and the Holy Spirit. that utterance may be given unto me.