Life is a race, and how we perform ultimately is not determined by our speed, strength or connection, but by the understanding of the times of life Ecc. 9:11; 1Chr. 12:32. From scriptures, we understand that the times we are in are the last days Acts 2:16-17; Mat. 24:3-14. Furthermore, the scriptures make us to understand that the last days are the days of prayer and fasting for the church Lk. 5:33-35; Mk. 2:18-20; Mat. 9:14-15. In essence, prayer and fasting is a must for the believer to do well in the last days. The question is why?
What makes Prayer and Fasting Vital for the Believer in the Last Days?
The scriptures show us that in the last days there shall be global economic recession, financial downturn, famine and such likes Mat. 24:7. Hence, God ordained believers of the last days for supernatural wealth, to make them walk in dominion Hag. 2:3-9; Zch. 1:17-21. But supernatural wealth requires empowerment, which is accessed by walking in the walking Deu. 8:18. And access to the covenant is facilitated is facilitated by prayer and fasting; Psa. 63:1-3. Therefore, the last days are the days of prayer and fasting for the believer.
In the last days, lawlessness and sin will become the order of the day Mat. 24:12; 2Ths. 2:1-3. A consecrated life will be required of the believer if he will walk in dominion, and this demands the empowerment of the Holy Spirit Isa. 41:17-21; Ezk. 36:27; Rms. 1:4. Remember, the empowerment of the Holy Spirit is facilitated by prayer and fasting Lk. 4:1-2,14. Therefore, the last days are the days of prayer and fasting for the believer.
The Profitable Approach to Fasting?
It is not every fasting and prayer that culminates into empowerment Isa. 58:3. Certain covenant demands are essential to make prayer and fasting deliver power. What are they?
Forgiveness is a must for prayer and fasting to produce result Mat. 6:12-15; Mk. 11:25-26. When we refuse to forgive others, we make our sins not to be forgiven by God as well. And unforgiving sin is at the root of unanswered prayers, which will block the believer’s access to empowerment of the Holy Spirit Pro. 1:23.
God’s word is the container of His power Heb. 1:3; 4:12. Every time the word is presented on the prayer altar, the power in it is released 1Jn. 5:14-15; Jms. 5:16; Isa. 43:26. In essence, prayer and fasting will deliver power when we engage with God’s word and not multitude of our word.
Praying for others in need invokes God on the life of the believer engaged in the prayer Eph. 6:8,19; Job 42:10. Any time God is invoked into manifestation, His power is released to work Psa. 63:1-2; Php. 3:10. In essence, praying for others in need guarantees access to the power by the believer.
Faith is the believer’s guaranteed access to the power of God any time, any day Mat. 9:20-22. If our prayer and fasting will deliver result, we must ensure that our faith is alive Jms. 1:5-8; Heb. 10:22-23. The believer whose faith will be alive must accept the responsibility to build his faith, by feeding on God’s word Rms. 10:17.
In conclusion, we have been on the spiritual adventure of 21 days prayer and fasting, we are on the 14th day. The good news is that God never make His children to seek Him in vain Isa. 45:19. Therefore, each us of should expect our return from this spiritual adventure with new level of empowerment that will show with proofs of transformations on all sides.
To anyone reading this that will love to give his/her life to Christ, pray this prayer out loud with me from your heart: “Lord Jesus, I surrender my life to you today. Forgive me my sins; wash me with your blood. I believe you died for me, on the third day you rose again that I may be justified. Right now, I believe that my sins are forgiven; I’m justified by your blood; I’m born-again; I’m saved; I’m a child of God; I’m free from the power of sin to serve the living God. Thank you Jesus for receiving me; thank you Jesus for restoring me; thank you Jesus for