FASTING AND PRAYER – Gordon O’Coin

Matt. 6: 16 – 18

16″When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Moses: Exodus 34:28

“Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten Commandments.”

Israel: 1 Samuel 7:6

“ When they had assembled at Mizpah, they drew water and poured it out before the LORD. On that day they fasted and there they confessed, “We have sinned against the LORD.” And Samuel was leader of Israel at Mizpah.”

Elijah 1 Kings 19:8

“So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. “

Ezra Ezra 10:6

“Then Ezra withdrew from before the house of God and went to the room of Jehohanan son of Eliashib. While he was there, he ate no food and drank no water, because he continued to mourn over the unfaithfulness of the exiles.”

Daniel: Daniel 10:3

“I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.”

Jesus: Luke 4:1-2

“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, 2where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.”

Paul: Acts 9:9

“For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything”

Leaders in the church at Antioch Acts 13:2-3

“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.”

Paul and Barnabas: Acts 14:23

“Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust”

1. Jesus expects us to fast and pray.
(Matt. 5: 16 – 18) 16″When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 17But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

(Matt. 9: 14 – 15) “Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”  15Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.”

I Cor. 7: 3 – 5) “The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. 5Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer (fasting and prayer KJV). Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”

2. The condition of the church and our country warrants nothing less.

3. Fasting is a type of discipline and self-denial that the church needs today.

4. There is a quality of power that comes only through fasting and prayer.

5. God’s people need deliverance.
6. God wants to restore Apostolic ministry to the Church.
7. Because of the Lateness of the Hour.
8. Because God is calling us to declare the Power of the Gospel to the World.

( Joel 2: 28 ­32)28 “ And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams,  Your young men shall see visions. 29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants  I will pour out My Spirit in those days. 30 “ And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.

31 The sun shall be turned into darkness,  And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. 32 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Shall be saved.  For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance,   As the LORD has said,   Among the remnant whom the LORD calls.

(Joel 1:14 ) “Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.”
(Joel 2:12  “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”