“…and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”
Examples of people that Fasted in the Bible
Prayer and Fasting as our Mandate
“…to be ruled by your belly is to be ruined by your belly.”- Bishop David Oyedepo
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”
The Benefits of Prayer and Fasting
Empowerment into next level
The destruction of Yokes
Access to outbreak of revelation
Speedy restoration of health and vitality
Access to next level of sanctification
Express answers to prayer
Access to divine guidance
Facilitates access to realms of Supernatural breakthroughs
Access to speedy delivery of our inheritance
1. Prayer and Fasting Empowers Into the Next Level
The apostles received power when the Holy Spirit came upon them. In Acts 4 they had great power. When Jesus in Luke 4:14 the Bible records that Jesus returned in the power of the spirit in Galilee. Moving forward to Luke 9:43, “And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God…” These are indicators that power is in levels. Engaging in prayer and fasting enables one to get into that next lever of power.
Levels of Prayer and Fasting
Prayer and fasting not only changes things, it changes people. You are being changed as you fast. Have an understanding of the serious personal benefits that fasting has for you. Your words are thus filled with power when you fast. When you say it, it comes to pass.
Some temptations come to all men, but all temptations come to the idle
2. Prayer and Fasting enables the Destruction of Yokes
Is this not the fast that I have chosen:Isaiah 58:6
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the [c]heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?
Prayer and fasting is a platform that helps in breaking yokes. Yokes represent things that choke people for a long time. These are things that we try to break by our own strength and power but never seem to actually overcome. Prayer and fasting helps in the breaking of these yokes.
And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.Isaiah 10:27
3. Prayer and Fasting gives Access to Outbreak of Revelation
2 Corinthians 4:4- whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
Most scriptures will make sense to us only when we fast and pray.
“…but the people who do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”
The light of God manifests when we pray and fast and everything becomes clear because of the revelations that He gives us.
4. Prayer and Fasting gives Speedy Restoration of Health and Vitality
“…and thine health shall spring forth speedily…” – Isaiah 58:8
5.Prayer and Fasting gives Access to Next Level of Sanctification
“…He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out…”
Prayer and fasting gives you access to next level sanctification. Whatever disqualifies a man from making heaven needs attention. There are spirits of defilement whose sole purpose is to disconnect us from God and turn us to losers in the kingdom.
6. Prayer and Fasting gives Express Answers to Prayers
"...then shall thou call and the Lord shalt answer; thou shalt cry, and the Lord shall say, Here I am..."
7. Prayer and Fasting gives Access to Divine Guidance
“…and the Lord shall guide thee continually…”
Prayer and Fasting gives you access to divine guidance. The awesomeness of divine guidance gets you off the dry seasons of life. You become like a watered garden whose water fail not. When the Israelites were led in the desert, they did not thirst. The reason for this was that the Lord guided them.
8. Prayer and Fasting Facilitates Access to Supernatural Breakthroughs
“…and they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in.”
9. Prayer and Fasting Facilitates speedy Delivery of our Inheritance
“…I will hasten my word to perform it…”
Whatever disqualifies a man from making heaven needs attention” – Bishop. David Oyedepo