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The Right Time To Pray And Fast by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

The Right Time To Pray And Fast by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

Then came to him the disciples of John,
saying, Why do we and the Pharisees
fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?
(Matthew 9:14).

In admonishing His disciples on fasting, the Lord
Jesus cautioned, “Moreover when ye fast, be
not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance:
for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto
men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their
reward” (Matthew 6:16). The Lord’s remark was both
thought-provoking and enlightening.

In the preceding verse 15, He had said, “…Can
the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as
the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come,
when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and
then shall they fast.” Here, He was referring to Himself
returning to the Father in heaven. Moreover ever since
His ascension, the Church has fasted—the disciples and
apostles of the early Church fasted. Prayer and fasting
have been part of our spiritual activity as Christians.
We fast when necessary. “When is it necessary to fast?”
someone might ask.

First, when your local church or congregation
proclaims a prayer and fasting programme, that’s a time
to fast. Never isolate yourself from such a call, because
it’s part of our corporate fellowship. There’re things we
do corporately, such as corporate worship, and many
other things that are intended for spiritual growth and
edification; prayer and fasting are among them.

Secondly, when you choose to fast and pray,
or the Holy Spirit leads you to do so, don’t ignore it.
That’s another great opportunity, especially if it’s the
Spirit guiding you; and you’ll know when He’s the One
leading you to fast.

Some people schedule prayer and fasting as a
means for their own spiritual exercise, and that’s
excellent. So, in whichever way and at whatever time
you’re guided to fast, take it seriously. Make fasting and
praying a part of your personal spiritual routine.

If, in your local assembly, the announcement is
made for a praying and fasting session, don’t unilaterally
decide you’re not going to be a part of it. Don’t, on
your own, choose when you’ll break your fast. That’ll
be wrong. Be disciplined to always get involved, being
aware that the benefits are essential to your spiritual
growth (1 Timothy 4:8).

 Remember that through fasting and praying,
your effectiveness in the things of the Spirit are
improved. Your ability to hear and receive from God is
sharpened, and you’re more attuned to the finer signals
and instruction of the Spirit that you need for a higher
level of life; a life of continuous glory and success!

CONFESSION
I’m sensitive to the leading of the Spirit, and His
guidance in my life for my spiritual growth and
development. My acts of service in the house of God
will inspire commitment, growth and development of
younger Christians, such that there will be no cause
for stumbling for them, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

FURTHER STUDY:
Nehemiah 1:4; Acts 13:2; Matthew 26:38-44

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 18:1-23 & Job 9-11

2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Luke 7:1-10 & Deuteronomy 34


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