40 Days of Prayer and Fasting
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“In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans–in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the LORD through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.” Daniel 9:1-3
Another example which supports our need for prayer is found in the life of Daniel. In 606 B.C. Israel had been taken captive by another nation because of its sin. Years later in Daniel 9 we are told that while reading the prophet Jeremiah’s writing, Daniel discovered it was time for Israel’s captivity to end. Jeremiah had not only prophesied the captivity of which Daniel was a part, but he also prophesied the duration: 70 years.
At this point Daniel did something very different from what most of us would do. When we receive a promise of revival, deliverance, healing, and restoration, we tend to passively wait for its fulfillment—but not Daniel. He knew better and somehow he must have known that God needed his involvement because he said, “So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes” (Daniel 9:3). Read the Rest…
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
In 1 Kings 18 we find the story of God needing and using a person to accomplish His will through prayer. It is the account of Elijah praying for rain after three years of drought. James 5:17, 18 also mentioned this occasion, and we know from his account that Elijah’s prayers did not only bring rain, but they also stopped the rain three years earlier.
The Bible tells us that after three years of judgment, God spoke to Elijah and said, “Go, show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the face of the earth.” Then after several other events have occurred, Elijah prayed seven times and finally the rain came.
According to the statement in 1 Kings 18:1, it was God’s will, idea and timing to send the rain, yet it took a Elijah’s prayers to “birth” the rain. Read the Rest…
Dear Christian Friend,
This fall, our church will be participating in 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting, which will run from, Sunday, October 02, 2016 and ending on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. This spiritual growth initiative is designed to answer God’s most important call to His people: “Intercessory Prayer.” All around the world, there is a growing concern about the spiritual health of our churches, communities and nations. Important Biblical principles that have kept us strong and blessed our churches, communities and nations are being neglected. This is a matter for concern, and more importantly it is a matter for prayer.
The purpose of this unique initiative called 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting is to help believers to pray fervently and strategically for Bethel World Outreach Church-City of Glory, Bethel World Outreach Ministries International and the United States of America. Read the Rest…