Fasting & Prayer for Breakthrough – Lesson 1
In Matthew 6, Jesus provided the pattern by which each of us, as children of God, is to live. This pattern addresses 3 specific acts that every Christian is to engage in—giving, fasting and prayer.
What is Prayer?
Prayer is, simply, communication to God.
Prayer is NOT the expressing of our wish for God to yield to our petition and fill up our selfish desire.
Prayer is NOT a forcing of the Lord to change His Will and perform what He is unwilling to do.
James 5:16, AMPC: The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].
The key to, both, Natural and Spiritual Breakthrough is “Asking According to His Will” or “Asking in Faith.”
Importance of Prayer
Nothing happens in the earth unless one prays.
The more praying there is in the world, the better the world will be and the mightier the forces are against evil everywhere.
What is fasting?
Fasting is NOT merely going without food for a period of time.
Fasting is NOT something done by a bunch of fanatics and is not limited to ministers or special occasions.
Fasting should be normal part of a relationship with God.
Your spirit has to be positioned to overpower the opposing rule or influence in your members. This allows you to have the resolve or strength to agree with God and obey what He has said.
Fasting doesn’t change situations as much as it, really, changes you.
Fasting overpowers the flesh and lets it know who the boss is!
Fasting yields the heart to a positions of greatest reception and response.
Why is all this important?