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The Importance of Prayer and Fasting

Then Jesus answered and said, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me." And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting." Matthew 17:14-21 NKJV

Have you ever fasted as a Christian?  Back 25 years ago, before our divorce when I was a Sunday Christian, I had never fasted.  I did not have a personal relationship with my Lord because of my lack of knowledge.

Fasting is a very important spiritual weapon if you want a spiritual breakthrough in your marriage.  I pray you will consider starting a fast for your spouse and all prodigals to be set free from the slavery of sin that they are living in right now.  You will want to fast to break or loose the chains of wickedness for your spouse or other loved ones to be set free.  Your husband or wife may be tied up or is a captive to a sin such as adultery, anger, abuse, alcohol, drugs, pornography or pride, which are just a few examples.  There is power in fasting and remarkable results can be accomplished in the lives of many others.

Ask the Lord to cleanse your own heart first from any and all impurities.  I know from personal experience that your life will be changed when you seek the Lord, pray and fast a meal or whatever period of time the Lord may suggest to you personally.  I fasted many different ways as there are many different kinds of fasts.  Ask the Lord what kind of fast you are to do.  I have done fasts for a certain period of time and I have done fasts (one meal a day) for an unspecified period until there is a definite spiritual breakthrough for a loved one or a specific answer to my prayers. You can become an overcomer and live a victorious Christian life.

Will you consider joining our ministry to fast at least one meal a week through the New Year?  You may want to fast two or three times a week.  Let us pray for the Lord to have a huge spiritual breakthrough in prodigals’ hearts around the world.  Pray that the walls of silence, bitterness, anger and unforgiveness be gone in the mighty Name of Jesus.  Lord, rekindle and reignite the love between you and your husband or wife.  Never doubt the power of fasting and prayer.  Nothing is too hard for God.

Let me share a devotional written by Jason from North Carolina about fasting that I believe will continue to help open your spiritual eyes to the importance of joining us for the next three weeks in some kind of fast.  May you have a blessed Lord’s Day and may thousands of hearts and lives be touched and changed by the power of the Holy Spirit this very day. – Charlyne Steinkamp


Standing, Fasting and Praying

When this vision came to me, I, Daniel, had been in mourning for three whole weeks. Daniel 10:2 (NLT)

As with the time of season, and as Charlyne has been calling us together in prayer for OUR miracle, are we missing something?  Is there a key element in our stand that the enemy wants us to forget about?

Then he said, "Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer." Daniel 10:12 (NLT)

I personally felt the Lord lead me into a fast for the supernatural to be released in my marriage. We are in a season of healing and breakthrough and sometimes we need that extra emphasis, double portion of sacrifice to our Lord for our marriage.  I believe fasting could be the icing on the cake.

Then the one who looked like a man touched me again, and I felt my strength returning. "Don’t be afraid," he said, "for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!" Daniel 10:18-19

I am a stander and I believe this time of fasting in my life is releasing healing, restoration and a miracle into my wife’s life and your spouse’s life.  Never doubt the power of God, especially prayer and fasting.  God kept showing me so many instances of how all the great men and women in the Bible fasted and prayed.  A lot of times you rarely hear of fasting tied with prayer anymore.  A lot of people seem to want a easy way or easy prayer.  I believe the power of fasting to our Lord is awesome and God honors our sacrifice to Him and for intercession of our spouses.

As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, "Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me." Daniel 10:19b

Let us stand, pray and fast with a humble heart this healing season and watch our Lord’s supernatural powers released.  I listened to one of Charlyne’s radio programs about inserting our spouse’s name into scripture and I pulled this prayer right from Daniel.  I typed and inserted my wife’s name into it.  It really spoke to my heart to share a powerful prayer for us, our spouses and our marriage.  It has been modified by me according to my circumstance, but can also speak volumes into yours.

Original prayer is in Daniel 9:4. Let’s all stand, fast and pray like Daniel:

"O Lord, You are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill Your covenant and keep Your promises of unfailing love to those who love You and obey Your commands. But we have sinned and done wrong in our marriages. We have rebelled against You and scorned Your commands and regulations. We have refused to listen to Your directions in our marriage. Lord, You are in the right; but as You see, our faces are covered with shame. O Lord, we are covered with shame because we have sinned against You. But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him. We will seek mercy from the Lord our God by turning from our sins and recognizing his truth for our marriage.

"O Lord our God, You brought lasting honor to Your name by rescuing Your people from Egypt in a great display of power. But we have sinned and are full of wickedness. In view of all Your faithful mercies, Lord, please turn Your furious anger away from our marriage, Your holy covenant. The enemy tries to mock us because of our sins and the sins of our ancestors. O our God, hear Your servant’s prayer! Listen as I plead for me, (spouse’s name) and my marriage. For Your own sake, Lord, smile again on our broken marriage. O my God, lean down and listen to me. Open Your eyes and see our despair. See how Your children and the marriage that bears Your name�lies in ruins. We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of Your mercy. O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For Your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for Your children and this marriage bears Your name. Amen."

Standing, fasting and praying for a miracle in my marriage and in your marriage…join me and let’s watch the God of miracles release and do His work.

God bless,
Jason, standing in North Carolina
Rejoice Marriage Ministries, Inc.
Post Office Box 10548
Pompano Beach, FL 33061 USA
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