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IN PURSUIT OF GOD

IN PURSUIT OF GOD

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Jeremiah 29:13

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart
 

Isaiah 55:6

“Seek the LORD while he may be found;

call upon him while he is near;

Join us for 7 days of fasting and prayer.
dates: Tues. Jan. 2 to Mon. Jan. 8th
fasting time: Sun up to Sun down
prayer time - noonday on zoom. 

Meeting ID: 827 5071 5956
Passcode: 983000


 

We are beginning the year in pursuit of god.  we are hungry for more of god and fasting and prayer deepens our prayer life and our spiritual connection to god.  Lets allow god to prepare us for the new year as we seek him for the things that we need both spiritually and naturally. 

There is miraculous power in the biblical practice of prayer and fasting. Jesus told a story about how it can help us find the spiritual breakthrough we’ve been seeking.  

 

In Mark 9:14-29  the disciples were unable to cast a demon out of a boy. When Jesus arrived, He cast out the spirit, and the boy was set free and healed. His disciples did not understand why they had power to perform some miracles but not this one: “And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” 

Jesus was expressing the necessity of maintaining a close and intimate relationship with god since all power belongs to him. God invites us to be partakers of his power and fasting and prayer increases our faith making us more receptive to receive from god in partnering with him to do the lords work.

When we see trouble breaking out in the world we can sometimes feel overwhelmed. when we see problems all around us, we sense an urgency to pray and seek the lord.

The amazing thing about the gospel is when you receive Jesus, you are satisfied like you have never been before, and yet you will always be hungry for even more of God.  Paul said, “I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” Phil. 3:8. He had a hunger to know God more every day. Sometimes we are so hungry for God we will fast if it means we can experience Him more. There is something about that experience that opens our hearts to receiving more of God’s presence in our lives. It might not happen in the middle of the fast, because we will probably feel weak and frail. But either during or after fasting—even in the months or years following a time of fasting, we will see the strong results of seeking more of God. 

Author and pastor Ronnie Floyd writes, “Fasting is the gateway to breakthrough” in our lives. When he was enduring personal trials, including his wife’s cancer diagnosis, he set aside special seasons of prayer and fasting and saw God do greater things than he had ever seen before—in both his own life and that of his church.  There is something about this discipline that breaks strongholds over the things we have been praying for. God moves in an even greater way. 

God will give you a greater desire to pray and fast when He is about to move in bigger ways in your life.   Author and pastor Jentezen Franklin says, “God calls us to fast when He’s preparing us for something new He is about to do, something that’s ahead.” We need a special grace from God to do so. The Bible tells us that God desires obedience from us, not sacrifice. He isn’t looking for us to be radical or intense, but obedient and faithful to what He is stirring in us to do. 

While fasting seems to be a forgotten discipline for many believers, I have recently seen a growing hunger and desire for it, including in my own life. I believe God is giving His people an increased desire to fast because He is about to move in greater ways in our lives, churches, and world. 

matt brown

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