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What is prayer and fasting? (Final part)


by Bishop WF Abrahams
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As we press in the season of prayer and fasting, this is the last teaching on this subject and I know you will benefit from this powerful word.
Let’s conclude by giving you the last four ways on how to benefit, increase, multiply, and mature through prayer and fasting.

Prayer and Fasting gives us victory in God.
The Bible says that Jehoshaphat, a king of Judah, learnt the power of prayer and fasting to conquer literal military adversaries. When faced with a military alliance of Ammonites, Moabites and Meunites, Jehoshaphat called a fast for all the people of Judah. 2 Chronicles 20:3-5.
Whenever we call upon God, He responds and fights on our behalf, He is the one who gives us the victory, as the result was that God set confusion in the camp of the enemy so that they turned upon themselves and destroyed each other.

Prayer and Fasting brings us closer to God

The Bible says in James 4:8; "Draw closer to God and God will draw closer to you." This verse is both a command and a promise. God commands you to draw close to Him. He also promises that if you obey that command to draw close to God, then God will draw close to you.
God is waiting for you to respond to Him. He has issued the invitation. He is calling you to draw close to Him, you need to answer His call. Whenever we get involved with prayer and fasting, we see the mighty hand of God and our lives are impacted with His grace and mercy.
Prayer and Fasting re-establishes our faith in God so we can overcome our struggles and fight our daily challenges.
In Christ, we are built on a firm foundation.
This foundation built the heavens, the earth and everything we see around us. He is the sole expression of God’s glory and holds the eternal position as Saviour seated in the heavenly realm at the right hand of God the Father. As believers, we too have come to partake in Christ and all that He has for us if we hold firm until the end, the confidence we had at first - Colossians 2:6.
Faith placed in what He did to restore and redeem you. Faith is the action of our convictions. When we hear the Gospel, our hearts respond in faith toward this message of grace - Romans 10:8-9.
What you are confessing is your faith in Jesus; this is a demonstration of the belief of your heart. Salvation is a combination of God’s grace and your faith placed in that gift of grace. Ephesians 2:8-9.

Prayer and Fasting increase our prayer life and makes us sensitive to the Holy Ghost.


God opens doors of blessings and closes doors of oppression in response to our prayers. There are blessings that God has chosen to give but only if His people rise up in the intimate partnership of prayer to ask for them.
Do not stumble over the time delay factor with incremental increases. You do not have because you do not ask. James 4:2.
This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting - Matthew 17:21.
The Bible says in Isaiah 30:18-19, the LORD longs to be gracious to you, therefore, He waits on High to have compassion on you. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you. As we also read in Ezekiel 22:30.
Whenever we fast and pray we will become more sensitive to the Holy Ghost and we will experience a greater heart for God through prayer. In closing and I quote, some “trust” the sovereignty of God in a non-biblical way by “trusting” God to do the role that He has assigned to us. This is not truly trusting God, but rather, it is presumption before Him.
We cannot do God’s part and He will not do our part, so here are three steps in our partnership with God. First, God initiates what He wants by declaring it in His word and stirring our hearts. Second, we respond in obedience and prayer to God’s initiative. Third, God answers our responses by releasing more blessing that He would have withheld until He heard our cry.
Our prayers matter greatly, even when we do not feel their power.


God bless you
until next week.