Fresh Hope – 18th January 2017

Final day – prayer and fasting

Don’t worry if nothing of any significance has happened for you, to you or through you during the last ten days…they will.

There is no promise whatsoever that during a fast that you will get the breakthrough that you needed or wanted, but that breakthrough will come.

Remember Jesus didn’t fast for a breakthrough there and then, but fasted so that He would always be prepared for whatever came His way at any given time.

Ultimately we know from the Bible and from experience, that God openly rewards those that privately fast.

When we fast and pray, supernatural occurrences start to take effect. They may well happen today or they may be gearing you up for your breakthrough in 12 months time, so don’t be discouraged; in fact most of what happens during a fast is done ‘in’ you rather than ‘for’ you.

Here are just two stories to encourage you as to what can happen during these special sacrificial times with God…

A few days ago, a lady had to go to hospital and was surprised to hear that she had a heart murmur. She told the nurses that they must have it wrong as she had never had such a thing. They repeated to her that this was serious and that she would have to stay in hospital. She refused what they were saying and said that she didn’t want to stay. Eventually she was allowed to go home and on Monday afternoon (this week) she started to pray. She asked God to help her and as a sign, she wanted to go the miracle service at Champions on that evening and that Pastor Mark would publicly call out her very condition so that she could be healed.

The question I would ask is: what chances are there of that very thing happening without God’s supernatural intervention?

As I was praying on that very same day ahead of the miracle service, I had the very distinct impression that I should draw a heart monitor on a piece of paper and write alongside it ‘heart murmur’.

As the miracle service got under way, I called out all those that had a heart murmur. You can imagine how amazed that this lady was that God had done exactly what she asked for just a few hours earlier.

When we pray, things happen – when we don’t, they don’t.

A young lady had recently been taken by her mom to have tests, as her periods had suddenly stopped. At the hospital, she underwent a scan which revealed that she had cysts on her ovaries and would need at some stage to have them treated.

They decided to come to the prayer service on the first day of the fast and see what would happen.

I had never spoken to this young lady or her mom before, but during the service I saw an unusual picture in my mind of ovarian cysts that were popping and being healed. Right at the end of the service I called anyone forward that had this problem as God wanted to heal them.

You can imagine the tears of joy that flowed when this young lady was brought forward by her Mom for prayer. She was totally amazed that God had pinpointed her daughter’s exact condition and was about to heal her.

As we come to the end of this particular time of fasting, I encourage to keep praying daily for the things that have been on your heart at this time, until you see them come to pass.

God does not finish His work when the fast finishes, in fact this is just the start of Him decluttering your life, so that you can receive everything He has for you this year.

God is a supernatural God and can and will do supernatural things for you, in you and through you.

Thank you so much for being on this ten day journey with us; I know that God will be your reward.

Make a plan to have fasting as a part of your lifestyle from now on.

Stay strong in faith.

Never give up.

Matthew 6:16-18 ‘When you fast, do not look sombre as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Mark 10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.’

Pastor Mark

A daily devoting for a better way of living.