Profitable Approach To Prayer & Fasting


As we all know that we are in the season of prayer and fasting. Knowing the right approach to it will help us to maximize the rewards of our engagement. In this post, I will be sharing with us the profitable approach to prayer and fasting. I pray that as you wait upon the Lord, you will never be eluded of your rewards in Jesus name.

What are the profitable approaches to prayer and fasting?

1). Come with thanksgiving – God hates Murmurers. The bible says, “do all things without murmuring and disputing “(Phil. 2:14.) Murmurers are programmed for destruction. Complain will complicate your matter. When people murmured in the wilderness, they were all destroyed by the destroyer.

2). Come with Prayers – fasting without prayer is a punishment. Prayer is the value offers in fasting. It’s the prayer that God answers in the fast. Fasting means fastening your body to edify your spirit. Fasting facilitates answered prayer. There are some certain mountains that will not give way until you enter into prayer and fasting.

Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.(Mat.17:21).

3). Come with specific expectations – the blind Bartemaeus was shouting for mercy. “Jesus, have mercy on me!” Hear what Jesus told him: And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight(Mark.10:51).

That was how his sights popped open.

Go straight to the point, that is what Jesus says. If you want a baby, which gender do you want? male or female? What type of wife, job or career are you believing God for? Try to be specific in your approach because God doesn’t take assumptions.

Sadly, many Christians come to God with no or vague expectations. Be specific. Don’t limit God in your expectations. Because our God is bigger than all our expectations.

For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.(Prov.23:18)

Your limited destiny is actually unlimited in scope. Jesus said, the works that He did, greater works you will do (John.14:12).

I believe that every new generation is an improvement on the previous ones. You’re a failure if you’re not successful than your parents. Greater than Solomon is here, Jesus was greater than Solomon and you are expected to be greater than Jesus. Move out of the box. Move with the cloud, everybody is moving.

4). Come with faith – Every provision in God’s kingdom requires a scriptural mate to deliver. For instance, when God created humans, He created them as male and female. When He told Noah to take the animals into the ark, He told him to take them as male and female.

You see, the word says, pray and believe and you will have your heart desires (Mark.11:24). When you pray alone and don’t believe, the result is not in view.

Therefore, as you are waiting on God in this fasting season, put your faith inline and you will see the results.

But without faith it is impossible to please him : for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6).

5). Position yourself to hear from God – The sad thing is that many Christians don’t believe that they can hear from God. Solid faith comes by hearing directly from God. You can’t hear from God and doubt Him. The secret behind the faith of Abraham is that he heard directly. All over the scripture, you’ll see, “and God say”

We were all taught that faith comes by hearing the word of God. This is true. But faith comes more alive by hearing directly from God.

Some of the benefits you should expects in the course of this prayer and fasting season are as follow:

(1). Higher dimension of power – expect the release of power over all demonic powers. When Jesus fasted for forty days and nights, he returned with power, demons cried out His name and left their victims. He laid hands upon the sick and they were healed. Same order of power is expected of you.

(2). Divine surprise – expect God to make you a living wonder. When Jesus returned from the wilderness, people began to exclaim, “what manner of man is this!” We have seen strange things today!” ” even the wind obey him!”

(3). Divine light – Is.58 is a loaded scripture as far as the benefits of prayer and fasting are concerned. In (vs10),

And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday.

Manifestation is a function of revelation. The cheapest way to make things happen is to have access to supernatural insights. It’s not you that make things happen; it’s the level of your access to supernatural revelation that makes things come to be.

(3). Divine Speed – Your journey is faster when there is light. Darkness means stagnation and confusion. Anytime you pray and fast, it’s either you are walking, running or flying.

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Is.40:31).

(4). Divine Strength – Strength indicates long life, and strength is needed for exploits.

And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits (Dan.11:32).

Exploits is what eyes have not seen, nor ear heard before. It’s breaking limits by breaking old records and setting new ones. Appearing in church engenders strength. This is a divine secret.

They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God. (Psalm 84:7)

(5). Supernatural Restoration – I don’t know what the devil has stolen from you, God will restore them back to you. Which situation can be as hopeless as the case of Ezekiel.37, if God could jacked the dried bones in the valley back to life and restored the lost axe in the deep of the river, your seemingly impossible situation isn’t too late to be restored. Your health can be restored. Your wayward son, marriage, business and education will be fully restored

And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. (Is.58:12).

Final Thoughts

The scripture is loaded with benefits of waiting on God in prayer and fasting. In this post, I have shared with us some of the profitable approaches to prayer and fasting and they are:

  • Come with thanksgiving
  • Come with prayers
  • Come with with faith
  • Position yourself to hear from God

Meanwhile, I have also shared with us some of the benefits of waiting on God in prayer and fasting which are:

  • Higher dimension of power
  • Divine surprise
  • Divine speed
  • Divine strength
  • Supernatural restoration

If there is a man to pray, there is a God to answer. I pray that your answer will not elude you in this season as you position yourself to receive it.


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Dropping the keys to Academic Success


There are two keys to academic success:

  • Spiritual key
  • Physical key

Dropping the keys to academic success

Spiritual Key

If you want to excel in your academics, spirituality should be your first approach. You must first place high premium on spiritual endeavours. Your prayer life must be in place.

Be ignited on the altar of prayer by praying kingdom oriented prayers daily, at least one hour. Join the soul winning army and be on the go for Christ. You do not need the talent of soul winning before you embarked on the journey of hunting for the souls (Mat.6:6,Jn.15:16).

Still on spirituality, be expectant. Set specific goals for the kind of grades you desires. God doesn’t takes assumptions, God only answers specific requests. It baffles me the way many believers come to Christ with vague expectations and requests.

That crippled man in the Bible was shouting for mercy, Jesus asked him, what do you want me to do? In specific term, don’t just plead for mercy, be specific in your requests (Mark.10:51).

Here, your writing materials are essential. Pick up your pen and a sheet of paper, list specifically the kind of grades you desires from God.

Don’t settle for average grades, God has unlimited capacities to do all things beyond your imagination (Mat.19:26).

I have done this when i was in school in several occasions and let me tell you this , it works. I enjoyed regular good grades all through my years in school.

For instance,

ECO 101.       A5

Math 102.     A5

Eng 103.        A5

Soc 109.         A5

Pol 123.         A5

The above are typical examples of requests narrowed down in specific terms. Don’t just say, God I want good grades. What type of good grades do you want? There are A’s, B’s and C’s. C’s might be considered as good for a student while it might not be considered as good for another.

Nevertheless, be faithful. You must answer the faith question before you can get anything from God (Mat.9:28). As you are pursuing after his interest, believe that you are not doing it for nothing, you are doing it for something.

After the order of Daniel, there is an excellent spirit found in every genuine believer (Dan.5:12). You belong to the top, you don’t belong to the bottom (Deu.28:13)

The Physical key

Preparation – There is this saying that those who fail to prepare are preparing to fail. Don’t just sit down and wait for the exam’s day to arrived before you study.

Start preparing right from the beginning of the session. Programmed yourself for study, visit the libraries to get textbooks and other available resources that might help with your study. Don’t be stingy, buy textbooks and study them on a daily basis.

Dropping the keys to academic success

Don’t missed lectures. Stay focus in every lecture time and a good note taking will go a long  way to bail you out in this regard. Get a recorder to record the lecturer explanations in each session as this will gives you the leverage to listen to the lecture repeatedly in order to grab any point you might have missed out.

Burn candles!😃 lol, I said burn candles, though people don’t use candles these days to study anymore. What i actually meant is that you should study overnight. The most productive period is the night, ceased the moment.

Oh! I almost forgot about discipline, beware of over feeding, over talking, oversleeping and over watching of movies. In my own opinion, I don’t think you need to have a TV box in your room as a student, you’ll be too comfortable to be studious. Watching Aljazera, CNN or BBC on the eve of exams will be detriment to your outstanding performances.

Read books outside the school curriculum, get books on success. There are keys in such books which you will never hear within the wall of the institution.

Lastly, study in sequence to the courses you have on the exams’ timetable. A student who has English on the eve of exams studying political science will definitely end up as a failure.

I believe you’ be found this as useful, share it with your peers and you will all excel together  in Jesus name🙂

 

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