Date: March 24, 2012
Blog: “Operation: First Strike” by “Commander” Robert Mena
Type of Fast: Daniel Fast
Target: Salvation for unsaved loved ones
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, Ephesians 3:20
Following the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, U.S. leaders announced that in the future they would take advantage of opportunities to strike first at potential threats. Similarly, as God’s people we also utilize a preemptive and strategic attack on the enemy. We engage in prayer and fasting before the enemy has a chance to move. When God calls us to prayer and fasting a strategy is a plan of action designed to achieve a Vision.
Let’s be Specific Bold Confident, Strategic in our 40 day Prayer and Fasting, Let’s rise up like Lions for the service of LORD!
“Blessed be the LORD my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle—My loving kindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer, My shield and the One in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me” Psalm 144:1-2
What a awesome opportunity and a privilege to be part of the Victory Outreach Vision and the Strategic 40 day Prayer and Fasting plan
God Strategic Benefits of Prayer and Fasting for us
Our attitudes, feelings, and thoughts get sifted, pruned and purified so that God might entrust us with a greater ministry. By fasting and praying, we become more disciplined toward the things of the Father. We give Him opportunity to cut away from us those things that will slow us down, do us in, or keep us from His plans and purposes. We are able to discern more clearly the will of God for our lives. Fasting clears our spiritual eyes and ears so we can accurately discern what God desires to reveal to us. We are confronted with our sins and shortcomings so we might confess them to God, receive forgiveness for them, and walk in greater righteousness. Many times we break stubborn, sinful habits when we fast and pray. Fasting and prayer cleanse us and purify us from the errors that have kept us entangled in sin and folly.
We experience a release of supernatural power. Genuine fasting and prayer result in spiritual growth, including a renewed outpouring of supernatural power. Certain problems and situations cannot be resolved apart from fasting and prayer. We can influence national issues and concerns through our prayers. As we fast and pray for our nation, God will move. He will pour out His Spirit, in His ways and in His timing. We can count on it.
We can help build up God’s people. Prayer is the generator of the church. It gives power to its ministers. It propels outreach to the lost. It creates a climate in which evangelistic efforts succeed.
Minds are sharpened. When we fast and pray, we begin to understand the Scriptures as never before. We become sensitive to God’s timing and direction, with an increased awareness and ability to discern. We become keenly aware of what God desires to do and accomplish not only in our lives, but also in the lives of those around us.
“God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will?” Hebrews 2:4
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