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Open Heavens - Thursday, December 26, 2013
by Pastor E.A Adeboye

To relate with the Holy Spirit, you must be holy. You must also exercise a living faith, pray and fast. Some people will tell you that because had finished the work of salvation, there is no need to fast. To them, fasting is completely needless and is some form of self-inflicted punishment. But they forget that according to the Lord Himself, fasting is required to handle situations that appear very tough and resilient. In Matthew 17:14-21, a lunatic was brought to the disciples and they prayed but got no positive result. Later, when the same fellow was brought to Jesus, He healed him. Then the disciples privately met the Lord and to ask why they could not handle it, and He told them it was because of unbelief, ineffective prayer and a lack of fasting. Also, in Luke 5: 33-35, when some people came to ask the Lord why His disciples hardly ever fasted, He told them as long as He was with them, there was no need for this but that when He is taken away, they will have no choice but to fast.
“But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.“
Luke 5:35
Those who make excuses not to fast usually have a challenge with their appetite. They serve a god called the god of the belly, and that belly is ever asking for food sacrifices unto it. Never become a slave to your stomach! If you are and there is a reason to skip a meal, that body will be in trouble. Your body is capable of adjusting to any condition. If you are eating five times a day, it will adjust accordingly. But if you change to three times daily, there will be some resistance initially, but it will adjust. If you move from there to two times daily, once daily or none for a period, it will protest, but over a given period it will adjust. Those who find it difficult to fast often have another challenge with self control which is part of the fruit of the Spirit. The more you deny your body of food during fasting, the less control it has in manipulating your prayer life and leading you into sin. From today, make out time to seek God’s face in prayer and fasting. It is advisable to fast least one day in a week. It is for your spiritual health.

Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Matthew 17:21

Matthew 17: 14-21

Bible in one year:
Genesis 6-9

Key point:
Fasting is part of a Christian’s lifestyle. But any time you are exceeding 3 days of fasting, take water, when it is time to break the fast, start with water and pap, not hard foods.


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