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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Walk in the Spirit pt7: More on Prayer and Fasting

Dear beloved:  God wants to use you to help shape the destiny of not only yourself, but also of your family, your community, and your nation, and possibly even other's nation.  In the tenth chapter of the book of Daniel, Daniel is seen (v2) fasting and mourning for three entire weeks. v3 I did not eat any tasty food, nor did meat or wine enter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all, until the three entire weeks were completed.  Daniel was then given a vision of the Messiah, who spoke to him in verse 11.  And he said to me, "O Daniel, man of high esteem, understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you." And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling.  v12 Then he said to me, " Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words." v13 "But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. v14 Now I have come to give you understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future."

So we see that because of his fasting and mourning, Daniel was drawn into a spiritual battle much larger than himself, beyond anything that he knew about or was planning for.  Beloved, when we fast and pray, God unites our prayers with the battle plan that He has laid out in heaven for His kingdom to come here on earth!.  As you cry out to God through your fast, God sees and sends His angels to fight on your behalf against the powers, principalities, and rulers of darkness that rule in the demonic realm over the kingdoms of the earth. What a blessing to know that God wants to use you in ways you never thought or imagined to shape the destiny of nations.  As the doors then open for you to go forth, you will be walking into the territory that God has prophetically declared victory, and He will use you to carry His banner.

Last year God opened the door for me to go to Goma, Republic of Congo, a city that is the focal point of rebel insurgency on the east side of the Congo.  Because of the danger there and lack of security, we were originally denied visas to enter the country,  but God had strategically placed a man on our team who was able to get our visas approved, so God opened up door one. Then after three days of meetings in Goma, we had a heavenly visitation on the last night of the crusade, and God allowed a little meeting with 1,000 people in attendance to be blown up and shown on Immanuel TV to homes all over the Congo; He multiplied our efforts a thousand fold so many could see the glory of God filling that place.  The rebel army, which was perched right outside the city, eventually made entry into the city, but miraculously left 7 days later;  that was the move of God I was expecting as a result of the heavenly visitation, and a direct answer to the prayers of the saints in Goma and our team from Nairobi.  Beloved, when you pray and fast as Daniel did, expect the unexpected, expect God to move, and praise Him all the while you are fasting, and before and after you see the victory!  May God bless you this day as you pray.  in Christ, Jim

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