Monday, May 26, 2008

How do I become a Prevailing Man? Part 3

2. Private Disciplines Cont.
I believe that a man becomes a prevailing disciple of Jesus Christ through various private disciplines in life. They are time in the Word, Prayer, Fasting and Journaling.
C. Fasting
Matthew 6:16-17 - "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,
I believe there are times that we should be given to fasting. It is a spiritual weapon in our warfare against the devil and flesh. This is a very difficult spiritual habit and practice.
1.    What is fasting?
-    It is the voluntary abstinence of food for a predetermined and extended period of time.
2.    Why should I fast?
a.    2 Chron.20:1-4 –
b.    2 Sam.12:15-23; Esther 4:16-17 – For greater time of praying and petition.
c.    Matt.17:21 – To break spiritual bondage.
d.    Acts 13:1,2; 14:21-23 – To gain greater insight to God's will.
e.    1 Cor.9:24-27 – To develop self control and discipline.
3.    When should I fast?
a.    Impromptu
b.    Scheduled
4.    How should I fast?
a.    Begin small – skip a meal
b.    24 hours – Sunset to sunset
c.    36 hours - Breakfast – Lunch - Dinner
d.    3-7 days +
e.    Drink a lot of water
f.    Break with juice or fruit.
5.    Some Cautions and Warnings:
a.    Watch out for pride.
b.    Be alert to warfare.
c.    Legalism – Luke 18:12
For what are you seeking God? Do you need a time to fast and pray?

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