PRAYER AND FASTING:
He then taught the people: “It is written in the Scriptures that God said, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for the people of all nations.’ But you have turned it into a hideout for thieves!” Mark 11:17 (GNB)
In the kingdom, prayer and fasting is not just for your need, it’s to have intimacy with God; to know His will and to do it. It does not exempt us from temptation but, doing His will enables us to win the battle over temptation and overcome the Tempter- Accuser of brethren.
# Jesus was led into the wilderness by the Spirit to be tempted of the Devil. Luke 4: 1-2
# Jesus overcame by the Sword of the Spirit- The word of God. Matt. 4:1-11
# Jesus prayed to know the will of The Father for His disciples. Luke 6: 12-13
# Moses was on the Mount for 40 days and nights by the will of God, to wait on Him and to receive the 10 Commandments. Exo. 24:18; 34:28
# We pray in order to build up ourselves in the faith. Jude 1: 20
# Fasting and prayer is to fight for the oppressed and set the captives free.
# It is to overcome flesh and it’s activities of criticism and pointing accusing fingers at others
# It is to walk in obedience to God’s commands for His blessings to manifest in our lives. Isa. 58: 1-14, Zech. 7: 1-8. (Reflection)