F.O.C.U.S – F = Faith, O = Obedience, C = Clarity, U = Unity and S = Success
Let’s reflect on our purpose today … it is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading … I/We certainly have lots to fast and pray about so lets look at various fasts, scriptures, etc. to aid and guide as tools … everyone, of course, needs a tool kit for a project, initiative, etc. I like to periodically, at least once a year, go over some basics as I am a firm believer that it helps set and or build a strong foundation. I for one need a strong foundation. The world we live in and those around us will surely help us develop and notice “cracks” in our foundation … but God is faithful and he’s a God of many chances … each day, we all spend time just trying to get “it better” or get it right … be strong, then, my sisters and brothers, in the Lord and the power of his might. Most of us, have power that we never ever tap into … break out into prayer every now and then, instead of complaining about some one being a bully or difficult on the job, and you just might be surprised how much more powerful the pray was than your complaining, and, you discover you have more peace, harmony, grace, mercy and favor! (And, of course, they will look at you side eyed too if they hear your prayers and think you are crazy … that’s called “confounding the devil” HA. HA. HA!
I met with a colleague yesterday and we called it “Ain’t Nut-in too Hard for God” Tuesday … I’m pleased to say, it worked, and we agreed “the harder the problem, the easier for God to handle.”
So, on this Fast Wednesday, may you have breakthrough because of your Faith, Obedience, Clarity, Unity and Success …
Israel & New Breed – Alpha & Omega
There are several types of fasting. The one you choose is between you and God. He will honor your best sacrifice.
Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).
The Daniel Fast
Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables.
This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.
A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun up to sundown. You can select from three types of fasting —a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.
Various Fasts from “Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough” By Elmer L. Towns (A Guide to Nine Biblical Fasts)
1. The Disciple’s Fast – fasting for freedom from addiction (see Matthew 17:20-21). If we fast, we can break the besetting sins that limit a life of freedom in Christ.
2. The Ezra Fast – Fasting to solve problems (see Ezra 8:21-23). If we fast for a specific purpose, we may solve a debilitating problem.
3. The Samuel Fast – Fasting to win people to Christ (see 1 Samuel 7:1-8). If we fast and pray for revival, God will pour Himself on His people.
4. The Elijah Fast – Fasting to break crippling fears and other mental problems (see 1 Kings 19:2-18). Through fasting, God will show us how to overcome negative emotional and personal habits.
5. The Widow’s Fast – Fasting to provide for the needy (see 1 Kings 17:12). When we sacrifice our own physical needs, God enables us to focus on and provide for the needs of others.
6. The Saint Paul Fast – Fasting for insight and decision making (Acts 9:9-19). If we fast to subject our will to God’s, He will reveal His will to us.
7. The Daniel Fast – Fasting for health and physical healing (see Daniel 1:12-20). When we fast for physical well-being, God will touch our bodies and enrich our souls.
8. The John the Baptist Fast – Fasting for an influential testimony (see Matthew 3:4; Luke 1:15). If we fast for the influence of our testimonies, God will use us.
9. The Esther Fast – Fasting for protection from the evil one (see Esther 4:16). If we fast for protection and deliverance from Satan, God will deliver us from evil.
SCRIPTURES for FASTING & PRAYING:
Matthew 6:16-18 – Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. (Read More…)
Acts 14:23 – And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.
Joel 2:12 – Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye [even] to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
Mark 9:29 – And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
Joel 1:14 – Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders [and] all the inhabitants of the land [into] the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,
Acts 13:3 – And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid [their] hands on them, they sent [them] away.
Esther 4:16 – Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which [is] not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.
Acts 13:2 – As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
Luke 2:37 – And she [was] a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served [God] with fastings and prayers night and day.
Isaiah 58:6 – [Is] not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Ezra 8:21-23 – Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. (Read More…)
1 Corinthians 7:5 – Defraud ye not one the other, except [it be] with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
Matthew 4:4 – But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Matthew 17:20-22 – And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. (Read More…)
Matthew 5:6 – Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Nehemiah 1:4 – And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned [certain] days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,
Something to Think and Pray About …Do you ever find reasons that cause you to believe God can’t use you? In the name of Jesus, get those out of your head right now. You are never too old or too young (or too __________) to be used by God.
Love, Joy and Peace,
Debra J. Ellis
Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters (and some brothers) in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us, for various reasons, participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the blog continues to grow!
The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord, both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.” Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog in Word Press: https://fastwednesdays.wordpress.com/