The profitable approach to prayer and fasting


the profitable approach to fasting and prayer

Fasting is fastening or afflicting your body in order to edify your spirit. Fasting is neither an advice nor an admonition.  Fasting is a commandment (Mat.6:17)

Isaiah 58:5-6 KJV
“Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him ? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord ? [6] Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”

There is a chosen fast and an inspired fast. A chosen fast is a proclaimed. Example of an inspired fast is the fast embarked upon by Ezekiah. Do you want a change of situation? Be inspired to fast.

Matthew 6:6, 17 KJV
“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. [17] But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;”

The word “when” connotes time. That means there is a particular time that you must fast….Prayer is the value offer in the fast. Prayer is what gives value to our fasting. Fasting without prayer is a wasteful exercise. It’s a mere punishment.

Mark 9:29 KJV
“And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.”

 

A picture of food which is used to break fasting

 What are the profitable approaches to fasting and prayer?

 

1). Come into fasting and prayer with praises – If you’re not joyful you will be fretful. Don’t come into fasting and prayer with murmurings.

Philippians 2:14 KJV
“Do all things without murmurings and disputings:”

 

2). Enter into fasting and prayer with expectations – It’s so disgusting to see many believers who come to God without an expectation. Be expectant. Without expectation there will be no manifestation.

Proverbs 23:18 KJV
“For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.”

Also, be specific with your expectation(s). God does not take assumption, be specific in your demand(s). For instance, if you’re looking for a child, what type of child do you want? Male or female.

Mark 10:51 KJV
“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.”

 

3). Come with prayer – Make sure that you pray. God does not answer fasting. Prayer is what God answers. Fasting is meant to facilitates answered prayer(s).

Matthew 17:20-21 KJV
“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. [21] Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”

 

In the above scripture, Mountain can only be moved by “fasting & prayer” – not fasting alone. Listen: There are certain mountains that will not give way until you fast.

 

4). Come with thanksgiving – Prayer(s) unaccompanied with thanksgiving may not fulfill its potency. Thanksgiving is the seal of answered prayer.

Philippians 4:6 KJV
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

 

In English language, the word “with” plays the role of emphasis (importance). Hence, ensure that you wrapped up your prayer with thanksgiving.

 

Understanding the values of prayer and fasting

The following are the blessings & benefits of fasting and prayer

Authority, Wonders, Miracle, Breakthrough, Revelation, insights, Restoration, Illumination, Divine ideas, Overflowing blessings, Healings, Divine Health, Moved Mountains, barriers, & obstacles, Dispelled Darkness, Emits Light, Multipurpose Solution, Turn around, Strength, Longevity, Dominion, Wealth, exploits, New heights, Ground breaking & explosive testimonies, Destroyed yoke, Freedom from Satanic oppression, breaking of negative habits, Sanctification, Liberation & speed, access to deep-things (divine secret)

References: Is.58:5-14, Is.40:31, Mat.17:21, PS.25:14

Your questions are mostly welcomed.

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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