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Tuesday, February 20, 2024
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A Month of Prayer & Fasting

Friend, we believe that you and your household have started the year well. Our decree over you is that all that God has planned for you will come to pass in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen. Yes, your expectation shall not be cut off in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen. My wife and I are grateful to God for this 2011 and we are expectant at what God is going to do this second month, A Month of Prayer & Fasting.
The Bible records in Joel 1:14 Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD
Friend, this Month to us will be A Month of Prayer and Fasting.
Unlike other years or months that you have fasted, let this time be different. First and foremost, do not be legalistic but do it with joy. Choose the type of fasting that will be convenient for you and do it as unto God. Remember, fasting is a matter of the heart and not an outward show. Set aside time to commune with Him in prayer. You may wish to fast for three days, seven days, twenty one days or even a whole month. The fasting may be a partial fast, fluids only fast or a dry fast. You may opt to fast one meal or two meals a day; it is all up to you. Whatever the combination, be consistent and let God meet you in your hour of prayer.
In the scripture above, the people were called to sanctify a fast. Every time God allows a season of fasting, it is always because He has something good in store for His people. Friend, get ready for God’s visitation this month as we wait on Him. We should however pray with focus and with expectation. I would urge that we pray with the following expectations:-
1.       Divine Instructions
When Moses went up the mountain in Exodus 34: 28 – 29, God gave him the Ten Commandments. Friend, as you go up this mountain of prayer and fasting, I pray that God will grant you divine instructions for every area of your life that needs direction. I pray that God will also use you as an instrument of divine direction. Get ready to step into leadership positions as God lifts you up in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
2.       Reversal of Decisions
In Esther 4:16, 7:10; we see the reversal of judgment that had been initially planned for the Jews. Friend, get ready for some reversals of decisions, some which you were not even aware of. It will be because of the divine favor of God upon your life in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen. I pray that all decisions, including life threatening decisions against you and your loved one, against your ministry, will all be reversed in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen. Friend, it does not matter whether it is the brightest doctor in the hospital or the highest government official or the highest court in the land, when God declares a reversal it is a reversal and nobody can ask Him “what doesth thou?”
3.       Uncommon Access
As Ezra and Nehemiah prayed and fasted together with the congregation, they received uncommon access to rebuild the Temple. They also received uncommon access to King Cyrus of Persia. I do not know what favour or door that you desire to be opened. This month, as we wait on Him, I pray that God will open uncommon doors for each one of us in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen. Doors that men call “impossible”, let them open for you in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
4.       Divine Answers & Angelic Help
Daniel 10:3-5 says I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:
Angels will come to your service. Ministering angels and even guardian angels will appear to you and they will whisper to you answers to your prayers. They will contend with every principality or power or prince that is holding answers to your prayers; in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
5.       An Uncommon Anointing
In Luke 4:14, we read “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about”.
The result of this time of prayer and fasting will be a fresh fire of the Holy Spirit falling on you and I. Just like the day of Pentecost, just as it happened to Jesus, get ready. Joel says, the fire will fall on all of us. Be expectant, ask God, He is Faithful and Just and He will pour out His Spirit on us. Get ready! Get Ready! In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
Friend, I pray that Our Gracious God will strengthen you, keep you and guide you during this time as you fast. Weapons of discouragement, weapons of distraction and every weapon formed by the enemy will not prevail over you in Jesus Mighty name, Amen. I cover you and all that is yours with the precious blood of Jesus Christ in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen. I declare that every force that would want to contend with your prayers or answers to your prayers be destroyed in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen. Friend, receive the anointing to pray, the strength to intercede and the Wisdom from above in Jesus Great Name, Amen.
Finally, I always encourage you, if you can, get a friend, a family member or a Bible group to agree and fast along with you. Break the fast together and pray together, even if it is on phone, God is not limited by distance. Spouses are strongly encouraged to pray together, that will be great.
Friend, Your expectation shall not be cut off in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
Have a blessed time of prayer and fasting,
Bro. Chester