Empower 21 – Day 5

In my recent reading on the subject of fasting and prayer I came across some interesting history about the role that fasting played in the ministry of John Wesley the founder of the Methodist Church.

John Wesley instructed his followers to fast twice each week and would not ordain a man to the Methodist ministry if he did not do so.

There are scores of other church leaders that God used in a significant way who saw the benefit and practiced the discipline of fasting.  There is always a price to be used significantly by God but the pay-off is worth the price.

You can have a “successful” ministry without fasting and prayer but, you cannot have a “significant” one without fasting and prayer! God called you to “significance” don’t settle for success.

In Isaiah 58:6-14, the prophet gave us 22 promises (results) of fasting and prayer.  If possible, sometime during this first week of the fast, read these verses.  Read them at a time and place where you will not be distracted or interrupted.

There are scores of benefits to beginning this new year with fasting and prayer. Press through the distractions and discouragements.  Keep it simple. Fast, pray, read your bible, and let God speak  to you and work in your life.

Remember all across of Virginia, thousands of Church God believers are partnering together for this Empower 21 ministry.  We are positioning and preparing ourselves for a year of significant Kingdom ministry.

Together we are building the Kingdom of God in Virginia!

2 thoughts on “Empower 21 – Day 5

  1. Mark Hambrick

    I found this in Spurgeon’s devotions for this evening. It is concerning Peter’s prayer after he had walked on the water.

    Short prayers are long enough. There were but three words in the petition which Peter gasped out, but they were sufficient for his purpose. Not length but strength is desirable. A sense of need is a mighty teacher of brevity. If our prayers had less of the tail feathers of pride and more wing they would be all the better. Verbiage is to devotion as chaff to the wheat. Precious things lie in small compass, and all that is real prayer in many a long address might have been uttered in a petition as short as that of Peter.

  2. Mark Hambrick

    Spurgeon also wrote this about prayer:
    “But I give myself unto prayer.”
    Psalm 109:4
    Lying tongues were busy against the reputation of David, but he did not defend himself; he moved the case into a higher court, and pleaded before the great King Himself. Prayer is the safest method of replying to words of hatred. The Psalmist prayed in no cold-hearted manner, he gave himself to the exercise–threw his whole soul and heart into it–straining every sinew and muscle, as Jacob did when wrestling with the angel. Thus, and thus only, shall any of us speed at the throne of grace. As a shadow has no power because there is no substance in it, even so that supplication, in which a man’s proper self is not thoroughly present in agonizing earnestness and vehement desire, is utterly ineffectual, for it lacks that which would give it force. “Fervent prayer,” says an old divine, “like a cannon planted at the gates of heaven, makes them fly open.” The common fault with the most of us is our readiness to yield to distractions. Our thoughts go roving hither and thither, and we make little progress towards our desired end. Like quicksilver our mind will not hold together, but rolls off this way and that. How great an evil this is! It injures us, and what is worse, it insults our God.

    Continuance and perseverance are intended in the expression of our text. David did not cry once, and then relapse into silence; his holy clamour was continued till it brought down the blessing. Prayer must not be our chance work, but our daily business, our habit and vocation. As artists give themselves to their models, and poets to their classical pursuits, so must we addict ourselves to prayer. We must be immersed in prayer as in our element, and so pray without ceasing. Lord, teach us so to pray that we may be more and more prevalent in supplication.

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