Date: March 15, 2012
Blog: “Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures” by Anthony “Pencils” Rodriguez
Type of Fast: Daniel Fast
Target: Strong church bases to equip and train for ministry
Nehemiah 1: 1-4 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. It came to pass in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the citadel, 2 that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. 3 And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.” 4 So it was, when I heard these words that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. Nehemiah was fasting and praying before the God of Heaven when he discovered the sad news of Jerusalem’s condition. When we read this scripture we see weeping, mourning, fasting and praying. Nehemiah was weeping and mourning because his heart was troubled over the news of the condition of Jerusalem. He loved Jerusalem and He loved his people. He knew he had to do something. But what could he do? What the man of God did was what every Man and Woman of God is able to do. Fast and Pray. Prayer is described as an act that seeks to activate an emotional bond or friendly relationship to a deity or object of worship through deliberate communication. Fasting is described as the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink or both for a period of time.
Nehemiah knew that he needed God for this desperate situation. “Desperate times call for desperate measures” This saying is talking about being overwhelmed by circumstances or situations and your choices are to either give up or do something you would not normally do. We have heard of people getting lost and have survived by eating plants, bugs, animals and even other people. Things they would not normally do.
Are you getting desperate for God to do something in your life or the life of someone you know? Whether it is financial, physical, mental, or spiritual; some things can sometimes put us in corner when we begin to feel overwhelmed. A situation that you know only God can fix. This is the time to do something you would not normally do. Fast and Pray. When we fast and pray we are saying to God it’s not about our flesh but about getting closer to you. Esther 4:16 “Go, gather together all the Jews……..and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day…” The Jews were in trouble and Esther knew she had to do something but before she could do anything, God had to do something first. The people humbled themselves, prayed and fasted for Esther’s protection. God gave her favor with the king which was needed to go before him for help. Fasting is a sign of humility.
“Humility is a rare Christian grace of great price in the courts of Heaven, entering into and being in an inseparable condition of effectual prayer. It gives access to God when other qualities fail. Its full portrait is found only in the Lord Jesus. Our prayers must be set low before they can ever rise high.” –E.M. Bounds
Remember prayer and fasting go hand in hand, you can pray without fasting but you can’t fast without praying. If you don’t eat anything today and you do not pray; you are not fasting, just starving. Humility is the key where God is concerned. When we fast, we must remember that it is to God that we are fasting. We are not trying to twist God’s arm. Fasting may not be easy but it is well worth it. Are your prayer requests and prayer targets worth going that extra mile?
You don’t need a desperate situation to fast. With fasting and prayer, we plead for protection and fresh revelation from our holy God. As Christians, we need the power of the Holy Spirit in our personal lives on a daily basis.
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