Mountain Moving prayer Part TWO – A life of prayer and fastingFrom The Heart
Publish date: 08/17/2015
And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink? 34 And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? 35 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
Luke 5:33-35 KJV
While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. 20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. 21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come? 22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee. 23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him. 24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends. 25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. 26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. 27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. 28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. 29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me? 30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. 32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. 33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.
Acts 10:19-33 KJV
1. Jesus Said “When” You Fast, Not “If”
a. Fasting does not move God, it moves you.
b. It subdues the flesh.
c. It breaks strongholds and delivers from bondage.
d. Set yourself aside for prayer, fasting, and reading the Word.
2. Supernatural Things Happen When You Fast and Pray
a. Acts 10:1-8 and Acts 10:9-23
b. Acts 10:24-33
c. Acts 10:30
Cornelius was fasting and supernatural things started happening.
3. Relationship, Not Ritual
a. It is imperative that you do not do this out of a ritual, but out of a relationship with Jesus.
b. Do it to press into Him.
c. James 4:8: “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
d. Be hungry for Him.
e. Do not look for manifestations, visitations, or angels, etc. The devil can also manifest as an angel of light to deceive.
f. Lay your heart out before Him; allow Him to do a work on the inside of you.
g. The work He does in you will be an eternal work and it can never be taken away from you.
4. The Supernatural Will Be Natural in Your Life When You Live a Life Set Apart
a. Not in bed with the world.
b. Not dirty and soiled.
c. With clean hands and a pure heart.
5. Living a Fasted Life
a. Be led by the Holy Spirit.
b. Cornelius fasted 4 days. You can fast one, three, seven, twenty one, or forty days.
c. Let God lead you.
d. Skip a meal.
e. Press in – praying, studying, fellowshipping with the Lord.
f. Lay aside hobbies, television, games – anything that distracts you, and consumes your time.
6. We are Going to Press in this Wednesday – as a Church - and Fast and Pray
a. We did three days last week.
b. Let’s do one day this week.
c. I believe that great breakthroughs are taking place:
i. In people’s hearts.
ii. In people’s bodies.
iii. In people’s families.
iv. In people’s marriages.