If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Christmas is fast approaching and people, churches, companies are all talking about parties and celebrations. Every city seems to have decked itself up for the Christmas season. The sad truth is that Christmas has become a Christless festival.
Today marks the start of the Nativity Fast in the Indian Orthodox Church. We have to believe the power of fasting as it relates to prayer is the spiritual weapon that our Lord has given us to destroy the strongholds of evil and usher in a great revival and spiritual harvest around the world. At first we question the need of fasting and prayer “Is this truly God’s call for me?” But with each passing day, His call will grow stronger and clearer. Finally, we will be convinced that God has called us to fast, and He would not make such a call without a specific reason or purpose. With this conviction, enter the Nativity fast with excitement and expectancy mounting in our hearts, praying, Lord, what do you want us to do?”
As we begin to fast, our confidence in the Lord will help us. Each day His presence will encouraged us to continue. The longer we fast, the more we sense the presence of the Lord. The Holy Spirit refreshes our soul and spirit, and we experience the joy of the Lord as seldom before. Biblical truths leap at us from the pages of God’s Word. Our faith soars as we humble ourselves and cry out to God and rejoice in His presence. Fasting calls on the Holy Spirit and brings us to repentance, prayer and almsgiving.
We youths need to revive our commitment to fasting and prayer and the rest of the church will respond to this call. Spent time in reading God’s word and make your time with the Lord more spiritually rewarding. There is no point in fasting and prayer until it equips you for spiritual awakening. Hope this Nativity Fast will not slip by without having made a genuine effort to prepare ourselves for the incarnation of Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Set Your Objective
Why are you fasting? Is it for spiritual renewal, for guidance, for healing, for the resolution of problems, for special grace to handle a difficult situation? Ask the Holy Spirit to clarify His leading and objectives for your prayer fast. This will enable you to pray more specifically and strategically. Through fasting and prayer we humble ourselves before God so the Holy Spirit will stir our souls, awaken our churches, and heal our land according to 2 Chronicles 7:14. Make this a priority in your fasting.
Make Your Commitment
Pray about the kind of fast you should undertake. How long you will fast – one meal, one day, a week, several weeks, twenty -five days (Beginners should start slowly, building up to longer fasts.) What physical or social activities you will restrict. How much time each day you will devote to prayer and God’s Word. Making these commitments ahead of time will help you sustain your fast when physical temptations and life’s pressures tempt you to abandon it.
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