Fasting, Prayer — November 28, 2020 at 12:56 am

Prayer and Fasting With A Purpose

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Holy Spirit Dove digital prophetic art painting by Charlotte Szivak (Pinterest)
Holy Spirit Dove digital prophetic art painting by Charlotte Szivak (Pinterest)

The Bible does not lack an abounding record of people who fasted and the reason for fasting. Three outstanding examples in the Old Testament are Nehemiah, Ezra and Esther. In each case, the individual involved faced a life and death situation.

  1. Nehemiah as a cup-bearer, to appear before the Persian monarch with a depressed mood is cause for a certain death. Neh.2:1-2.
  1. Ezra as a priest and a scribe with his retinue of thousands of men, women and children and much treasure, unlike Nehemiah was ashamed to ask for a military escort. Ezra 8:21-23; cf Neh.2:7-9.
  1. Esther confronted a grimmer situation. She was faced with not only losing her royal position as the Queen, but possibly her life and certainly the decimation of the entire Jewish populace in the Persian empire. Esth.4:10-17.

For each of these dire circumstances, Prayer and Fasting was the recourse.

To the embarrassed faithless disciples who were unable to heal a demon-possessed boy, Jesus taught This kind can come out by nothing except by Prayer and Fasting. Mk.9:29.

Prayer is a normal practice of people asking things from God. But when fasting is added it increases the tempo of a normal prayer. Such is the reason for the  ECWA leadership call for FIRST TUESDAY PRAYER AND FASTING. The express purpose of this Prayer and Fasting is to beseech God to send us a Revival and a Spiritual Renewal. Hence our PRAYER AND FASTING IS WITH A PURPOSE.

Please  be prepared to join the ECWA USA family on Tuesday, December 1, for the FIRST TUESDAY PRAYER AND FASTING.

As usual , there will be three sessions  beginning at 6 AM ,12 NOON and 6 PM Eastern Standard Time. Please participate in at least one session or as many as you can. The Zoom link will follow in the next few days.

Author

  • Rev. Joseph Ezeigbo

    Rev Joseph Ezeigbo studied at Grace Collage and Grace Theological Seminary, both in Winona Lake, IN, where he obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees respectively. He also did some Postgraduate studies at Liberty University and Liberty Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, VA. He is the coordinator, African Missionary Outreach. Rev Ezeigbo is the currently Vice Chairman and Prayer and Renewal Facilitator ECWA USA. He has also served as Secretary and Chairman of ECWA USA DCC. Rev Ezeigbo is an advocate for prayer for the Muslim World and International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, a Bible teacher for ECWA MD and Researcher - Church History and Theology.

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