Prayer and Fasting Part 2 125KB Dec 08 2013 01:06:38 PM

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Biblical Insight on the practice of Fasting
 The Bible promotes fasting for health
reasons
 The Bible guarantees spiritual growth
through fasting
 The Bible gives detailed instructions
on the what and when of fasting
 The Bible explicitly commands fasting
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Discipline ≠ Godliness
Discipline is required to achieve
Godliness 1 Corinthians 9:27 1 Timothy 4:7-8
 e.g. we have to discipline ourselves to spend time
with God, but the Holy Spirit is the one who
ultimately works out Godliness in our lives
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Biblical Fasting is always coupled with
prayer
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Biblical Fasting comes as a natural
expression of the heart
 A response to great sorrow – 1 Samuel 7:1-10; 1
Chronicles 10:12
 A response to great need –2 Chronicles20:1-17
 A response to great confession – Jonah 3
 A response to great burdens –Ezra 8:21-23;
Acts 13:1-3
 Biblical fasting is not legalistic (does
not say what to give up or for how long)
 Biblical fasting is private - Matthew
6:16-18
 Biblical fasting (that which is from the
heart and coupled with prayer) moves
God – Matthew 6:18, et al
Commit this week to pray each day for at least
10 minutes straight.
 God would burden you regarding
your spiritual condition
 God would draw you closer to
Himself
 God would burden you for the
spiritual condition of others
God would draw this church closer to Him
God would make this church more
effective
 In reaching the lost
 In growing disciples
 God would encourage and strengthen us
in the process
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