My 40 Day Fast

Posted: March 10, 2012 in Christian Living
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I have just finished my first week of my 40 day morning to evening fast. It has not been as hard as I thought it would be. In fact my wife has commented at how much more energetic I’ve become. I believe it’s because it wasn’t something that I decided to do on my own, but it was what God called me to do.

The purpose of this fast is to call on God to bring true spiritual revival to the church.

“Behold the Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save, nor his ear heavy that it cannot hear, but your sins have separated you from your God and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59: 1-2)

“…if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn away from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sins and heal their land.”  (II Chron. 7:14)

It is the responsibility of us who have been justified by the Messiah’s death and resurrection to seek God’s face, repent of our apathy and pray earnestly for revival. Revival in our own heart first as well as for those in our homes, our community, and our nation.

The church today is sick, near to death and is in need of intensive spiritual attention that will only come by returning to God, our Creator. We need a spiritual awakening!  A true spiritual revival! I believe that the time for revival is now! Not the revival that is planned with big tents and special ‘Revival Evangelists’ but a true Holy Spirit revival that changes the lives of believers.

Revivals begin with God’s own people; the Holy Spirit touches their heart anew, and gives them new compassion, zeal, and new life. And what a great responsibility this lays on the Church of God! Because if you hinder the work of God’s Spirit by your unrepentant hearts, then the people who are perishing in the world are the ones who really suffer! Revival is not excitement, or emotionalism. It is not even evangelism! Revival is the moving of God’s Spirit, through the power of His Word, to the hearts of His children, that resurrects new life in those areas that have been lying stagnant, dormant, or out of balance, and that results in a new love and obedience to Jesus Christ.

The captives in Babylon missed revival because they placed their idols above their one true God. And if revival is being withheld from us today it is because some idol remains still enthroned in our hearts. A wise man once said, “The sin that you tolerate is the sin that you love.”

Because we still insist on tolerating our own sin and place our reliance on human schemes we refuse to face the unchangeable truth that, “It is not by might, but by My Spirit says the Lord.” (Zechariah 4:6)

We have become very good at making excuses why we don’t see God moving in the church today. We blame others; we blame the government; we even blame the devil.  But just like the ancient people of God, we have not realized our sin, and we have failed to acknowledge the holy God that we were called to serve.

Why is it only when we feel threatened that we turn to God? When our money can’t help us, we may cry out to Him. When the doctors can’t save us, we may pray for a healing. When we feel we might not be quite as good as we should be, we might respond to an invitation and let the preacher massage our conscience by telling us that now that we have accepted Jesus we’re alright. We might come to God to be “blessed”, we might go to meetings to hear how God wants to “prosper” us and make us wealthy – but surrender to God? Devote our whole lives, hearts, minds, souls and strength, to His cause? Never!

We have become a nation of jail house converts! And all of the excuses and all of the reasons why the church today is not experiencing power and revival within and without can be combated by one word-REPENT!

We must come to God now and acknowledge our sin to him. Because we are in critical condition and are in need of reviving by the Spirit of God!

Call on the name of Jesus now! Surrender yourself to him and receive his forgiveness and mercy. If we, as the Body of Christ, repent of our sins and turn from our wickedness, then we will witness the healing of our land.

“Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters, they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward…..Come now, let us reason together saith the Lord. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land, but if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword. For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”  Isaiah 1:4-20

A friend of mine shared a link that featured recording artist Bono of the band U-2 giving a speech at the 2006 National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 2, 2006. I found it very impressive and still relevant for today. Below is an excerpt from his keynote speech:

“But the one thing we can all agree — all faiths, all ideologies — is that God is with the vulnerable and poor.

God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them.

If you remove the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger and the speaking of wickedness, and if you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom will become like midday and the Lord will continually guide you and satisfy your desire even in scorched places.

It’s not a coincidence that in the Scriptures, poverty is mentioned more than 2,100 times. It’s not an accident. That’s a lot of air time. You know, the only time Jesus Christ is judgmental is on the subject of the poor. “As you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.” [I] believe that’s Matthew 25:40.”

Bono’s keynote address at the 2006 National Prayer Breakfast, Feb. 2, 2006

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