The Power of Fasting

For your specific needs
Release the incredible power of fasting into your life
by Jentezen Franklin

Wherever you are in life or whatever your needs today, fasting can benefit you. If you are struggling with your health or finances, fasting is a powerful spiritual tool. Maybe you need guidance from God or protection for your family. Fasting is a private discipline with public rewards. It is the spiritual key in certain seasons and situations of your life. Whatever your season in life, release the power of fasting into your needs.

Fasting for your family
Fasting gives you the opportunity to pray and intercede specifically for your family. It’s important to fast and pray for your children’s and grandchildren’s future. God is looking for men and women with fervent prayer lives who will do spiritual battle on behalf of their families! Fasting will open your eyes to the needs of your family. The Lord will point out the needs of your family members from deep within your heart and soul, such as encouragement for your spouse or special prayer and attention for a child. You can fast and pray specifically for a protective covering of safety around your family. Scripture tells how Esther’s people were in danger. Her uncle Mordecai discovered a plot by Haman, one of the king’s advisors, to destroy her family. Before she approached the king, Esther declared a three-day fast for God’s protection (Esther 4:16). Haman wanted to hang Mordecai on the gallows he was building in his courtyard, but God turned it around and the evil conspirator was hanged instead on his own gallows!

Fasting for financial needs
If you face a financial struggle that seems insurmountable, you are not alone. Ezra faced a big problem with the silver and gold he was responsible for in Ezra 7 and 8. He had been given silver and gold from King Artaxerxes to return to Jerusalem (Ezra 7:14-17), but thieves threatened his financial security. Maybe you feel like thieves have stolen what belongs to you financially. When Ezra faced an uncertain financial journey, he declared a fast (Ezra 8:21) and God answered his prayer! If you will fast, pray and obey God’s commandments, He said you will be blessed (Deut. 28:2). The widow in 1 Kings 17:10-16 also faced an uncertain future. Although the woman had very little, she gave up her own food to help Elijah, the man of God. The book of Isaiah says we are called, “. . . to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out . . .” (Isaiah 58:6-7). You can add a new dimension to your fasting if you set aside the money you would normally use for food to help a food bank, support world missions or give to some other ministry that is helping the needy. In the story of the widow, God multiplied the meal in her barrel to last for three and a half years!

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