THE POWER OF FASTING

Plate Knife and Fork

I pray that you are walking in complete victory and domination over the enemy! Today, I want to talk to you about the power of fasting because Jesus Himself said some things only go out by prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21). I recently pondered about the stronghold of people pleasing and approval addiction that had plagued me all my life. I came to recognize that I had prayed about it, but I didn’t remember ever fasting about it. Therefore, I decided to try fasting for three days, and I want to share with you what I learned. I had an interesting encounter, a clash with the enemy, and when it was all said and done, I experienced three major benefits as a result of my fast.

The Power to Walk in Love

During the fast, I had a potentially volatile interaction with someone who told me point blank to my face, “I don’t like you.”  To my amazement, I didn’t say to the individual, “Truth be told, I don’t like you either!” Instead, I calmly said, “Oh, well God likes me, and I’m the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.”  I proceeded to meet the person’s need in spite of what was said to me. If it wasn’t for the fast, I’m sure I would have responded in a different way, and the whole situation would have escalated. I give God glory, for it’s only by His grace and mercy that I didn’t give that person a piece of my mind. Therefore, I learned firsthand that one of the benefits of fasting is the empowerment to walk in love.

Identity in Christ Rooted and Grounded

Before the fast, in times past, if somebody had said something so brazen to me as stated above, I would have been wounded emotionally. Their words would have gotten inside of me, and then I would have a forgiveness exercise to go through. However, when this situation occurred, I felt as if a shield was over me. I was “bullet-proofed” in the Spirit so to speak. I was able to hold on to my identity in Christ, praise the Lord! This time was different, and the only way I can explain that victory is the fact that I happen to be fasting. Therefore, if you want to solidify your identity in Christ, fasting is the order of the day.

Ability to Recognize the Enemy

Another uncanny thing that happened is when the individual expressed negative feelings towards me was my ability to immediately recognize that the enemy was talking through that person. Ephesians 6:12 (KJV) says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” For instance, just prior to this “situation,” I encountered someone who totally trounced all over my boundaries, and although I didn’t cause a scene, I was seething inside. Unfortunately, it took me two and a half hours to finally recognize the enemy had moved through that sister in Christ. Therefore, I have concluded fasting will sensitize us to be able to quickly recognize demonic activity.

Beloved, I did not tell you these things to glorify myself, or to tell you how great I am. My goal is to tell you how great God is and give Him the praise and glory due His name. I know that it was Him, and Him alone, Who gave me victory that day. If you fast regularly, I want to applaud you and encourage you to keep it up. But If you have a stronghold that you have been unsuccessfully trying to break, I wanted to remind you of what you already know and encourage you to fast and pray until it’s broken. Know that victory awaits you at the end of your fast.

What has been your experience with praying and fasting? How has it helped you? Please leave a comment below.

I’d love your help in spreading the word about my books, Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth. Click here to find out ways you can help.

 

 

Would you like to receive your FREE e-chapbook entitled, Your Faith Has Made You Whole: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual Transformation, by Tracey L. Moore? Go to www.traceylmoore.com and subscribe to the email list.

Find me on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/TraceyLMoore2012

Follow me on Twitter:  @TraceyLMoore1

Image Courtesy of Jean Scheijen via http://www.freeimages.com

 

 

Advertisements

HOW TO PRAY FOR YOUR ENEMIES

Girls Staring each other down - Stuart Miles

Today I want to talk to you about praying for your enemies. What? Yes, praying for your enemies. Believe you me, I get it. I don’t want to pray for my enemies when I am hurting badly either. I understand. However, the Word says we must. So how can we pray a sincere prayer for someone who has offended us and not feel like a phony?

The Apostle Paul gives us excellent examples to follow regarding prayer that will do nicely as we struggle to pray for people who have hurt us. Therefore, let’s look at the prayers Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:17-21 that will enable you to pray with sincerity for those who have hurt you. Furthermore, these are definitely good prayers we can pray for ourselves on a daily basis as well.

Knowledge of God

The first prayer is from Ephesians 1:17 which says, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” This is a powerful prayer in that many times those the enemy uses against us do not have intimate knowledge of God, and that precisely is why they act the way they do. They may not even be saved at all. We all need daily intimate contact with the Master so that we can elevate our maturity level to the point where we are able to encourage and build others up instead of tearing them down.

Enlightenment

Ephesians 1:18 is also packed with prayers that will make a difference in the life of those by whom you have been offended.  One prayer reads as follows: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.”  This impactful prayer asks God to open their eyes to what they are doing and how they are impacting others.

Fulfilment of Potential in Christ

As we read the rest of verse 18, we find another great prayer. Paul writes, “…In order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.” The apostle is praying for us to be able to get to the place where we are mature enough to fulfill the call of God on our lives and recognize the gifts and talents God has deposited in us to be used for building up the Kingdom. When we pray this prayer for our enemies, we cry out to God for them to ultimately be able to fulfill their potential in Christ and make a significant, positive impact in the world.

The Experience of God’s Power

Finally, Paul prays in Ephesians 1:19-20 that we who have faith in Christ will experience God’s “incomparably great power.” He further describes that power as being “the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead.” We all need that power to transform us once we get saved. It’s also the power those who don’t know the Lord need to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and be transformed as well.

So as you can see, Beloved, these are the kind of prayers we need to pray so that the power of God will be able to operate in the lives of difficult people we may encounter on a daily basis. Even if you are still hurting, can you sincerely pray any of these prayers for those you must forgive? To personalize the prayer, simply put the individual’s name in there as you read the prayer out loud. If you need transformation, you can even pray for yourself and put your own name in there if necessary. Just keep on praying daily until you get your breakthrough. You may be surprised how fast the healing comes when you pray for those who have hurt you.

Getting emotionally free is a process, but it starts with the decision to forgive and pray for your enemies.  Don’t allow the enemy of your soul to keep you in an emotional prison. Pray the prayers Paul prayed so that you can walk free of offense and stay peaceful.

What has been your experience with praying for your enemies? Please leave a comment below.

I’d love your help in spreading the word about my books, Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth. Click here to find out ways you can help.

 

 

Would you like to receive your FREE e-chapbook entitled, Your Faith Has Made You Whole: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual Transformation, by Tracey L. Moore? Go to www.traceylmoore.com and subscribe to the email list.

Find me on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/TraceyLMoore2012

Follow me on Twitter:  @TraceyLMoore1

Image Courtesy of Stuart Miles via freedigitalphotos.net