Isaiah 58:6:“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” (NIV)
Matthew 17:21:“Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”
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:”
Since the announcement of the 21-day fasting and prayer for the end-of-year BATTLE FOR THE CROWN season, I have been inundated with mails by many people asking for the character and nature of the fasting exercise, and I want to use this opportunity to illuminate our understanding of the subject of spiritual fast.
First let us define fasting. According to Wikipedia, “Fasting is primarily the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period, usually a single day (24 hours), or several days. Other fasts may be only partially restrictive, limiting particular foods or substance. The fast may also be intermittent in nature. Fasting practices may preclude sexual intercourse and other activities as well as food.”
Fasting is an act of faith or expression of faith. Anytime I couple my prayers with absolute fasting, that is a declaration of spiritual state-of-emergency, particularly when it is a dry fast.
When u abstain from food intake and drinks, it is for the purpose of subduing and starving the flesh so that your spirit-man can rise and be active in receiving and communing with God. Please note that fasting is an acceptable sacrifice unto God. You sacrifice your regular food to give attention unto God in prayer and study of His word.
When your fasting is going to be prolonged like these coming 21 days from 11th to 31st December, fire will always fall from heaven to consume your sacrifice. Depending on your body chemistry, individual lifestyle, health issues, goals, and body chemistry, different methods of fasting will be appropriate for different people. This prolonged fast will always ignite fire at some point.
When you start a fire, Conflagration does not begin immediately, but after some time, it begins to grow and flare up before getting to explosive and consuming levels. So also is a prolonged fasting and prayer battle, it begins gently like a marathon race and grow steadily, by the time u reach day 5 to 8 your body would begin to protest against denial of food and your spirit-man would begin to stir up to catch the glowing fire. Your body temperature will become unusually warm as a result of the glowing fire of the Holy Ghost. What you do with that fire after it is ignited will determine the outcome of your petition, so in order not to waste that fire, we would by the power of the Holy Ghost guide you with daily prayer arrows that shall not miss their targets, throughout the 21 days, in Jesus name.
Let me also clarify the different types of fast. The first one is what I call the NORMAL OR ABSOLUTE FAST: This is abstinence from food and water/drinks for 24 hours. The second type is called PARTIAL FAST which some called DANIEL FAST: this is abstinence from any food but intake of water, fruit or vegetables ONLY through the duration of the fast. There is also what is called DRY FAST or ESTHER FAST: this is the absolute fast multiplied by some number of days. Many people practice dry fast for three days without food, water or any drink. 3-day DRY FAST is common during deliverance prayers, some engage in 7-day dry fast… (I most personally confess this is one of my sweetest practice, during the last seven days of every year and last seven days of the first month of every year during the BATTLE OF THE GATES.) I said sweetest because a 7-day dry fast will literally catapult you to heaven… you will be dead to the flesh and fully alive to God, but don’t embark on this unless your body chemistry, and the grace of God permits you.
The reason why I advise you to embark on half-fast of midnight to midday is because of many who are busy people. The minimum is 12-hour fast unto the Lord out of every 24-hours He gave you daily. One-hour prayer at midnight and another one at midday is minimum you can consecrate unto the Lord for this battle to recover your crown of destiny.
At some points during the BATTLE FOR THE CROWN, I would be commanding you if you are faithfully following the prayer and fasting exercise to begin to shoot prayer bullets like rainfall, that would be the time when the ignited prayers fire is about to burst… Make sure to get your jotter pads and begin to write down a list of Goliath targets too big to miss. get them ready for your sword of prayer fire during those 21 days.
Every fire has a source. In the physical every fire needs three ingredients (oxygen, heat and fuel) before combustion. In the spiritual realm, if you must raise an altar of prayer fire to begin burning you will need:
- The Word of God (Fuel or wood) Proverbs 26:20:“Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out….”, coupled with:
- Fasting (heat) Joel 1:14,19:“Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD… O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field.” and,
- The Breath of the Holy Spirit (oxygen) Job 32:8:“But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.” Isaiah 30:33:“…The breath of the LORD, like fire from a volcano, will set it ablaze.”
Many people fail at the third level, they have the Word and are fasting but do not know how to get the breadth of the Holy Ghost released into their circumstances to ignite the fire. When the heat of the word mixes in fasting and prayer, you will explode with the Breath of the ALMIGHTY! You will blast in heavenly language that cannot be contained in your heart or your mouth. that spiritual mixture is highly combustible and contagious.
You will speak, laugh and sing in the spirit all at the same time, joy unspeakable, indescribable full of glory will envelope you! That is the time you will now turn the barrel of your prayer gun to target every Goliath situation of your life, that is when the machine gun of the Holy Spirit will cut down the siege and array of surrounding enemies and their encirclement.
That is when every breath from your nostril intermingle with the flames of your mouth to produce the sword of prayer fire that slaughters every opposition to your crowning glory!!! Alleluia mash ke ke ke na ka ba she mi ka lalala bekashe na… In the name of Jesus! Welcome the Holy Spirit, it has happened!!! that is your altar of UNQUENCHABLE PRAYERS FIRE!!!
You will now bring out the list of targets from your jotting pad and begin to address them under the unction of the Holy Ghost! Begin to loose the bands of wickedness around your life, let every chain of injustice meted against you begin to melt under the fire of the Holy Ghost! begin to undo the works of darkness over your life and destroy every evil work from your foundation, march on to set free every captivity that has held you bound from manifesting the glory of God and collect your crown of glory for this year by faith in the name of Jesus!!! Amen! Shout 21 victorious Alleluia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: BATTLE FOR THE CROWN PRAYERS FOR END OF YEAR 21-DAY PRAYER AND FASTING STARTS ON Sunday 11th December to Saturday 31st December 2011. 12-HOUR FAST BEGINS DAILY AT MIDNIGHT TO MIDDAY WITH 1-HR MINIMUM PRAYER TIME AT MIDNIGHT AND MIDDAY. 21 PRAYER POINTS TO BE RELEASED DAILY FOR THE EXERCISE ON www.prayersfire.com