To reap the spiritual and emotional benefits of increased intimacy with Jesus, fast and pray.
I am fasting and praying once a week now because time is precious and greater intimacy with Jesus is just that amazing.
We as Christians really need to make that a habit. It is a beautiful sacrifice to Jesus as you pray and He feels like He is in the same room as you pray on an empty stomach, dependent on Him for energy and prayer.
I cannot tell you properly how special prayer time is with Jesus as you fast. You really need to find out for yourself. And with so much going on in the world, sooner is better.
Praise God! May His name be praised in all the earth! ❤❤❤
Matthew 6:16. ‘”When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18. so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”‘
I will be fasting with my same list of prayers on this Wednesday. I must tell you it is as much for selfishly longing for closeness with Jesus as well as for answer to prayers for our church, country and world. I also desperately want a band of true faith-filled Christians to pray and fast if they can with me for the name of Jesus to be lifted up and for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Please pray with me Wednesday and fast with me if you can. Let’s do our part to help the cause and glory of Jesus to shine bright on this earth.❤
There has been to now this heavy air pressing in on my soul. Hard to describe it any other way. My mind has cast out negative thoughts, evil and crude thoughts, accusations, and I know these are last minute attempts from the enemy to steal, kill and destroy what belongs to Jesus. And I have had to keep on it, stay focused in prayer, read the Word and verbally send those thoughts and accusations packing. The devils are liars. Just that simple. They are defeated and are putting out a last ditch effort to take as many people to hell with them as possible.
Stand strong in God’s truth. Stand firm. Pray. Read your Bible. Tell the evil thoughts and accusations to leave in the name of Jesus Christ. And some day soon, God will take us out of here and we will breathe heavenly air and never have to worry about lies and evil again. Praise God!!! Be ready!❤
God answers prayer. That is truth. ❤ I asked that the hurricane would lessen in intensity and people would draw closer to the Lord as a result and be physically protected. It is still going on but the hurricane was lessened in intensity. I will keep praying for them. Hurricanes are scary and the water is generally more devastating than the wind. So, we will continue praying in our fellow Americans in love and empathy. But God is good to answer prayers!!❤❤❤
Please lessen the impact of the hurricane. Please protect life. May people draw closer to You, Lord, in prayer and dependence. You are so much stronger than any hurricane. Please give peace and comfort. When we went through the brutal eye of Hurricane Irma last year, you were there with us and helped us. Please do thr same for these fellow Americans and Christians and even the non-Christian so they may be saved. Help people to see eternally and also physically really get the help they need quickly. We praise you, Holy God, who is stronger than these winds and storms and for your vast love and goodness. You are prefect in every way!
All day, as I said, I have fasted and prayed. And let me tell you what I learned.
1. I spent the day with Jesus, really feeling like He was right here with me all day and especially in my prayers. And I cannot adequately express how incredibly peaceful and comforting and fun Jesus is. I want to make this a weekly event because Jesus soothed my soul quite literally.
2. God answered my prayers. I knew personally that He healed my finger I prayed for. Seems a trivial thing, but I am a pianist and we had a video recording gig tonight and this morning I woke up and it was strangely jammed and hurt piercing pain with every attempt to bend that finger. So a big deal to me and God healed it and I have zero pain now bending it fully. Also, I felt Him (hard to explain that- it is a spiritual thing) answering prayer. It was as if I were in the same room and He was hearing me and nodding.
3. God strengthened me, which I did not expect. I knew He would answer my prayer for energy and He did, but also He spiritually strengthened my resolve to work more for Him in prayer first and foremost and then doing what I was designed to do. God revealed to me that He really has a great plan and how beautiful it would be if we followed that plan. For our own good because He loves us. Also for His kingdom that is coming soon enough for me to visualize it. I so want to be an active part of Jesus’ kingdom now and in the future that it brings tears to my eyes.
In short, please pray and fast. See what God shows you and how deeply He loves you as you do. God n is truly so good and worthy of all of our attention and worship!❤❤❤