BREAKTHROUGH FAST DAY SEVEN - YOUR WORD

Congratulations!!!  You did it.  Here we are at day 7, the last day of our fast.  I am sure there were probably some moments through out the week where you wanted to quit and just be done with the fasting thing.  I am glad you didn’t give up.  

 

 

I wanted to share one last bit of encouragement for all of you in regards to your prayer life.  I would like you to take a moment and come up with one word that you would use to describe your prayer life.  Do you have your word? It would be my guess that very few of you if any of you used the word POWERFUL or the word EFFECTIVE.   But do you realize that is what God’s word says about your prayers.  

Take a look at James 5:16 specifically at the second half of that verse.  Look at what it declares:

James 5:16

 

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

 

 

Look at what it says about your prayers.  They are powerful and effective.  You may have never thought about that before but that is what the Word of God declares about you.  As we wrap up our week of fasting today I hope you will carry this truth with you through out the rest of year.   When you spend time in prayer, pouring your heart out to the Lord keep this truth in mind.  Your prayers are powerful and they are effective.  So don’t stop.  Keep praying and we will see God do miraculous things in and through our lives.  2018 is going to be an amazing year!

Pastor Brad Davis



 

BREAKTHROUGH FAST DAY SIX - THY WILL BE DONE

There are only a few days left in our week of fasting.  I want to encourage you to stay strong in your commitment to fast and keep spending time in prayer.  You got this!!!

 

As you seek the Lord let me remind you about another truth that will have significant impact on your prayer life.  God’s will matters.  When we pray, we need to make sure our prayers are in line with the heart of God.  As Jesus was teaching His disciples He directed them to pray, ”Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” John taught the same thing in the following verse:

 

1 John 5:14-15

 

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

 

What a great word of encouragement for us.  When we are praying the will of God about a specific situation we can pray with confidence that He is not only hearing us but will answer our prayers.

 

Jesus not only taught this truth to His disciples but He practiced it as well.  Look at how He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.

 

Luke 22:42

 

 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

 

It is so crucial for us to realize that we need to be praying according to God’s will and not our own.   It makes all the difference.

Pastor Brad Davis

 

 

 

BREAKTHROUGH FAST DAY FIVE - FAITH TO BELIEVE

As we take time to consider our prayer lives and discover how to have an effective life of prayer we have to look at our faith.  There is no way around it, your faith matters to God.  Take a look at what James has to say about your faith:

 

James 1:6-7

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

 

If you are praying but you do not have any faith or you do not believe that God is going to answer your prayer it is truly a waste of your time.  Verse 7 says if you don’t have any faith don’t expect to receive any answers form the Lord.  But the opposite is also true.  If we have faith when we pray we will see God do amazing things.  In Matthew 9 we see two blind men who come to Jesus asking to be healed.  Look at His response:

 

Matthew 9:27-29

 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied.29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 

 

How big is your faith? Think about that for a second. If Jesus said the same thing to you what answers would you receive?  “According to your faith let it be done.” One of the things we can be asking for during this week of fasting is for the Lord to build and strengthen our faith.  

 

Pastor Brad

 

BREAKTHROUGH FAST DAY FOUR - YOU ARE HEARD

Congratulations!!!  You are at the half way point of our fast.  I want to encourage you to finish strong.  I know that you may be getting cranky or irritable but remember, fasting is about defeating your flesh and allowing your spirit to grow.  Hang in there you can do it.

 

Another thought to consider when we focus on prayer is that your lifestyle or behavior matters.  Take a look at what Proverbs 15:29 has to say about this:

 

 

The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

 

 

When we are righteous, which means we are right in our relationship with the Lord, He hears our prayers.  Think about it, the Almighty, Supernatural God who spoke and the universe was created hears our prayers.  How cool is that?  However, it can also be said that if we are not in right relationship with God He is far from us.  He is not listening to your prayers because your heart is not with Him.  Use this week to press in and seek to know the Lord more than you ever have in the past.  

Pastor Brad Davis

 

BREAKTHROUGH FAST DAY THREE - WHAT MATTERS MOST?

As you spend time praying this week it is important to take note of what the Word of God teaches us concerning prayer.  The Bible helps us to realize what matters when we pray.  Did you know that the motives of your heart are important to your prayer life.  Look at this passage in James.

James 4:3

When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

Did you catch that?  When we are praying and asking God with selfish motives we do not receive the answers to our prayers because motivation is wrong.  Our requests are selfish or self serving.

Proverbs takes this idea even further:

Proverbs 16:2

All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.

As you spend time seeking the Lord today ask Him to search your heart and motives and ask Him to show you where you may be asking for things in a selfish way.  A key to powerful prayer is praying the will of God over a situation instead of our own selfish desires.

Pastor Brad Davis

 

BREAKTHROUGH FAST DAY TWO - A PRAYERFUL LIFE

  One of the major components of fasting is prayer.  We are not simply skipping meals, or setting aside things our flesh desires but we are creating time within our busy lives to pray.  If I am fasting a meal it is not so I can get more work done but it is to spend the time I normally would be eating in prayer.  With prayer being a primary focus it is important for us to realize that there are certain things God says matter when we pray.  Over the next few days we will be looking at a few of these to make sure our prayers are not being hindered in any way.  The first thing I want you to see is that our relationships with other people matter when we pray.  Look at what Jesus says here in Mark.

 

Mark 11:24-25

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

 

He is saying that if you are praying and you remember that you holding something against someone and have not forgiven them you should stop right there and ask God to help you forgive them, so that He would in turn, forgive you.

 

The book of 1st Peter takes it even further.

 

1Peter 3:7

 

7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

 

Our relationship with our spouses matters when we pray.  We need to treat each other with love, honor and respect so that nothing hinders our prayers.  

 

As you spend time in prayer today make sure to ask God if there are any relationships in your life you need to work on or pray about.  Then whatever He reveals to you make it a priority in prayer.

 

Pastor Brad Davis

 

BREAKTHROUGH FAST DAY ONE - A RIGHT HEART

  I want to congratulate you for taking a step of faith and joining in on our all-church week of fasting.  As you progress through the week it is important to remember that fasting has more to do with your heart than your stomach. It is a powerful way to defeat your flesh while your spirit man grows stronger.

  There is an interesting passage in the book of Jeremiah that I want you to see.   At this time in history the Children of Israel were living in rebellion to God and their hearts were hard towards Him but they were still fasting.   Think about that.  They were taking the time and effort to fast but their hearts were not in right relationship with God.  Look at what God said to the prophet:

 

Jeremiah 14:10-12

 

10 This is what the Lord says about this people: “They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet.  So the Lord does not accept them; he will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.” 11 Then the Lord said to me, “Do not pray for the well-being of this people. 12 Although they fast, I will not listen to their cry; though they offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Instead, I will destroy them with the sword, famine and plague.”

 

  God said, even though they are fasting He was not going to listen to their prayers.  This is why I stated earlier that fasting is more about your heart than your stomach.  Here on the very first day of our fast I encourage you to spend time making sure your heart is right before God.  Repent of any sin that you may be aware of and make a fresh dedication of your life to the Lord.  A right heart before God will make all the difference.  

 

Pastor Brad Davis