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Prayer and Fasting

February 26, 2009

I am going to be preparing myself and our congregation for a period of Prayer and Fasting by preaching a message on Sunday morning, March 1. Below are some Biblical examples to prepare you for Sunday morning. g
Examples of Biblical purposes for fasting:‎
‎1. After receiving devastating news about yourself, other believers, or God’s work. 1Kings 21:27-29; ‎‎2Chron 20; Neh. 1:1-4; Ezra 9:1-5; Esther 4:3; Daniel 6:18‎

‎2. During a time of personal or corporate confession of sin and repentance. 1Sam. 7:6; Neh. 9:1; Jer. 36:1-‎‎9; Joel 1:14, 2:12; Jonah 3:5‎

‎3. Because of a difficult spiritual task for yourself or others. Exodus 34:28; 2Chron. 20:3 Esther 4:16‎

‎4. To get specific instruction/direction/answer from God. Daniel 10:3; Ezra 8:21-23‎

‎5. When praying, interceding, for the sins of God’s people. Daniel 9:1-20; Joel 2:1-18‎

‎6. When dealing directly with demonic forces. Daniel 10; Mat. 17:21; Mark 9:29‎

‎7. To seek the Lord for any reason. Ex. 34:28; 1Sam. 1:7; 2Sam.2:15; Acts 10:30; 1Cor. 7:5‎

‎8. Before or after choosing/sending spiritual leaders. Acts 13:2-3; Acts 14:21-23‎

‎9. When you are afraid. 2Chronicles 20:3‎

‎10. By doing what is right. Isaiah 58:3-6‎

‎11. During times of grief. Judges 20:26; 1Sam. 20:34; 31:13; 2Sam 1:12; 1Chron. 10:12; Mat. 9:15; Mark ‎‎2:20; Luke 5:35‎

‎12. In suffering for or serving the Lord. Matthew 4:1-2; Luke 2:37; 2Cor. 6:5, 11:27‎

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