Dearest Beloved Brothers and Sisters,
Jesus went into the wilderness, lead up by the Spirit, to be tempted by the devil Matthew 4:1) . First He fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. When Jesus finished fasting and was completely hungry (physically), the devil tempted Him. Jesus resisted every offer, and left the wilderness with power which endured all temptation, pain, suffering, betrayal, disappointment, injustice and abandonment, even to the death of the Cross. After fasting and praying in His wilderness, Jesus began His ministry of miracles, which included healing, deliverance, raising the dead, casting out demons, teaching and preaching. During Lent, we commemorate Jesus’ passion, suffering and fasting. Lent season affords the church a time of corporate reflection on Jesus’ love, mercy and grace. Jesus showed us how to resist evil and how to love and minister to others. Our sins died with Him on the Cross (1Peter 2:24). He reconciled us to the Father (Colossians 2:13-14). Therefore, we, who believe, should not die, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Hardly will anyone lay his or her life down, even for a good person, but Jesus gave His life for you and me, even while we were yet sinners. (Romans 5:7-8). Let us fast and pray during this Lent season, with as much power and discipline as God gives us to do so. In addition, my friends, be mindful that Jesus told His disciples that some kinds of demons “require fasting and praying.” (Mark 9:29) Fasting and praying helps us to resist evil.
Fast and pray through your wilderness of trials, tribulations, poverty, rejection, disappointment, deceptions, betrayals, sickness, death, dying, mourning, loss, grief and other life conditions. Fasting and praying gives spiritual strength, which manifests in spiritual fruit - fruit of the Spirit (Philippians 4:6-7). When we go through our wilderness, with prayer and fasting, our insight (how we view what God is doing with us), and our outlook (how we view the world as it relates to God), we are kept and preserved by the fruit of the Spirit: faith, gentleness, goodness, joy, love, meekness, patience, peace, and self control. Although tangible and physical conditions may not always change, prayer always changes things. For example, the peace that follow prayer and fasting, allows us to accept things we can not change, such as death, loss and grief. Faith, as another example, gives us enduring hope even when it physically seems impossible (Hebrews 11:1).
In addition, fasting and praying is a way of submitting or surrendering to God. It draws us closer to God. God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Fasting and praying are the ultimate spiritual approaches to God. When we draw near to God, He draws near to us. When we humble (submit/surrender) ourselves to God, He gives us power to resist the devil (evil); he (the devil) flees! (James 4:7-8)
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Wednesdays 5 PM Bible Study and Prayer Service.
Holistic Ministries Inc. hopes to fellowship with you. We hope you will join us very soon to worship, fellowship, and learn of the goodness of Jesus. We believe salvation is an individual journey and that God’s people perish for a lack of knowledge. Jesus came to set us free; His burden is light and His yoke is easy. He already paid the cost for our salvation - when you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that He is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead, then you are saved! (Romans 10:9)
C.Y. Dozier, Pastor