How To Fast Effectively

fastingThis post is all about how to fast and get desired results as fasting does not give you the guarantee of getting desired results except when done in the right way. For your fast to be effective, you need to:
One big mistake many christians make is that they do not attach any purpose to their fast or, they end up attaching too many purposes to their fast. When the likes of Daniel and Esther fasted, they never made the mistake of attaching too many purposes at a time hence they got the much needed result.

PRAY: Fasting without prayer is starvation or better still, an hunger strike. Telling yourself you’re fasting doesn’t really mean you are as fasting always goes with prayer.

BE BOLD: The scriptures said, ‘Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain favour and find grace to help in time of need'[Hebrews 4:16]. When fasting, boldness is very important. You don’t have to look sad, beggarly or depressed like those hypocrites who always disfigure their faces and put on a sad look in order to appear to everyone as one who is fasting.

BELIEVE: Without believing that God will answer you when you fast, He won’t answer you. Always expect something special from God when you fast.

ABSTAIN FROM SIN: The time for fasting isn’t the time for committing sin as sin is capable of spoiling your fast for you because after committing sin, it’s going to affect your faith as you won’t be sure if God will pardon it even when He has already pardoned it. Always avoid too much interaction with people when fasting.

LOVE OTHERS: The time for fasting, is the time for showing love and doing good as stated, ‘Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou coverest him'[Isaiah 58:6-7].

This is all about being fully involved in the fasting exercise with all your heart. You shouldn’t think of food while fasting because you can never go hungry while fasting.
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Benefits Of Fasting

Most christians usually find it very difficult to fast due to one reason or the other and this might lead to severe consequences. People attach so much importance to food and this is the major reason why people do not fast.

Whenever you decide to fast, you won’t go hungry because God automatically feeds you.

In this post, I shall be sharing some of the many benefits of fasting with you. The benefits of fasting are:
DIVINE POWER: The difference between christianity and other religion is power and as such, fasting is a very important exercise for all christian as you can receive all the power you need through fasting. Despite being send on a divine mission by God, our Lord Jesus Christ fasted before the full dose of power was released to Him. Also, His disciples fasted and prayed before power was released unto them on the day of pentecost. With divine power, you gain dominion over every form of satanic oppression, sickness etc.

BOLDNESS: After the apostles fasted and prayed, the spirit of boldness was released unto them. Immediately they received the spirit of boldness, Peter who couldn’t confess Jesus Christ in front of a little girl became bold enough to speak to over three thousand persons.

GRACE: The bible recorded, ‘…with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and Great Grace was upon them all'[Acts 4:33]. With fasting and prayer, God’s grace would be exceedingly abundant for you. Everyone needs God’s grace to succeed spiritually and otherwise. God’s grace is all about divine favour. When God favours you, everyone automatically favours you and with favour, you gain access to things you can’t ordinarily access. In the scriptures, Esther said, ‘Go gather together and fast for me…'[Esther 4:16] and due to the fast, ‘…when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, she obtained favour in his sight…'[Esther 5:2]

I hope this post has helped you in figuring out some of the benefits of fasting. Please if you know of any other benefit, please drop them via the comment box. Thanks and God bless you.

Hinderances To Prayer Answers

When we pray, we all expect answers but at times we don’t really get the kind of result we want due to certain reasons. This post, discusses some of the reasons why prayers are not being answered:

SIN: This remains the major reason why people don’t get answers when they pray. The scriptures said, ‘Behold the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that It cannot hear; But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you that He will not hear'[Isaiah 59:1-2]. For your prayers to be answered, you need to ask God for mercy and also live a righteous life because ‘The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much'[James 5:16].

PRAYING AMISS: God doesn’t give us what we want. Instead, He gives us what we need. Most times, the things you want are those things that are capable of destroying you but God doesn’t want you destroyed and as such, He won’t give those things. The scriptures said, ‘Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss that ye may consume it upon your lust'[James 4:3].

YOUR HEART: Most people only seek God in times of trouble which means they do not have a perfect heart. The bible said, ‘Draw near unto God and He will draw near unto you,…purify your hearts ye double mined'[James 4:8]. When God views your heart with His Heartometre and sees that you would go back to your sinful ways as soon as He answers you, He would be left no choice other than to turn down your request.

UNBELIEF: Without faith, it is impossible to please God and if you don’t please God, do not expect anything from Him. The bible recorded, ‘The prayer of faith shall save the sick…and if he had committed sin, they shall be forgiven'[James 5:15], also, ‘And Stephen full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracle among the people'[Acts 6:8].

UNPAID VOWS AND TITHE: ‘When thou vowest unto God, defer not to pay it. It is better you never vowed than to defer. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin, neither say you vowed by mistake wherefore God be angry and destroy the works of your hand'[Ecclesiastes 5:4-6]. ‘Will a man rob God? Ye have robbed me in tithes and in offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse…'[Malachi 3:8-9]. If you don’t pay your tithe, you give the devil opportunity to steal from you through various tribulations but when yours God blesses you.

I hope all these would help you in building up your prayer life as a christian.

Know of anymore hinderances? Please drop them in the comment box. God bless you.

The Healing Balm

‘Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughters of my people not recovered'[Jeremiah 8:22]. What Is This Balm: The bible says, ‘He sent His word and His word healeth them'[Psalm 107:20] . God’s word was sent to heal everyone who needs to be healed. The bible arm said, ‘And His word was made flesh and dwelt among us…full of grace and truth'[John 1:14]. That verse is referring to our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the balm you need for your healing. The scriptures spoke of it when it saith, and ye shall know the truth and it shall set you free. To benefit from His sent word, you need to be connected. To get yourself connected, you need to
fear God
love God
be thankful
have faith and flee from sin.