Some Food for Thought…on fasting!

This is a BIG week as our Every Nation family around the world joins together for our first ever annual global fast!#ENfast2017 Bottle-of-water-007

To help you get focused and inspired, I’ve compiled a collection of my thoughts about fasting from previous blog posts that I have done over the years. Hope they help!

  • Also, be sure of course to download Pastor Jim Laffoon’s Devotional Guide for the week on “Knowing God” here
  • Follow your Every Nation spiritual family around the world via #ENfast2017

So here are 15 helpings of food for thought for you as you fast!

(You can view or download the whole collection via the contents links below)

  1. When you fast… 

  2. The mystery of fasting… 

  3. Fasting as an act of consecration.

  4. Getting Practical about Fasting 

  5. Clear your diary, not just your plate

  6. Fasting: Desire or Denial?

  7. Don’t forget to eat when you are fasting!

  8. Why do Disciples fast?

  9. When should we fast?

  10. I fast because I’m hungry!

  11. Fasting: Expect the Power… 

  12. Fasting to lose weight… 

  13. Fasting to Give them something to eat. 

  14. The Reward of Fasting 

 

What are you hungry for?

 

Have you ever been so engrossed in something – maybe work, reading, talking to a friend, doing something you love – that you forgot to eat? Or didn’t go to sleep? Time just flew and you just realised it was dinner time but you’d skipped lunch.Client: Burger King

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One day Jesus was on His way to Galilee, and ended up taking a detour through Samaria, where he met a thirsty messed up woman at a well who got a revelation that He was the Messiah and went straight on to tell her whole city about Him…

His disciples finally caught up with Him and their first concern was “has anyone given him anything to eat?, to which He replied with some very powerful revealing words:

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work”(John 4:34)

Jesus reminds us that we have another greater hunger beyond food:  For purpose; for doing what fulfils us; for being busy with things that give us meaning and which make a difference. Ultimately, a deep hunger for being about the Fathers work for our lives.

Fasting reminds me that I have been called to more that “eat, drink & be merry”. It reminds me that I am not just satisfied by the stuff of this world. I am created and called to a fulfilling purpose, which is to live for the glory and cause of my Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ. This is “food” to me. This fulFILS me.
Continue reading “What are you hungry for?”

It’s time to get hungry!

It’s time to get hungry! This is our London church’s week of prayer and Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 13.16.15fasting, and together with our worldwide Every Nation family we are “Daring to Believe” BIG in 2016!

We fast because we are hungry. Hungry for more of Him, not satisfied with what this world offers. Hungry to see His Kingdom come. Hungry to see many come to know his love and forgiveness.

We have a great Prayer & Fasting Devotional for you to download or print here, and invite you to join together as we consecrate ourselves and the church to the Lord. So, choose your fast and say “here I am Lord.”

“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” – Joshua 3v5

Jesus said, “…All things are possible for one who believes.” – Mark 9v23

If you want some more motivation, here’s my message from last Sunday to help get you moving…

When you have fasted, expect the power of the Spirit…

Often, the experience of fasting is just tough. Hunger. Headaches. Hangry (thats a word describing that irritation caused by hunger!). But when you have fasted, expect power. Let me explain…

FIRST THOUGH, PRAY WITH US:  If you are in London. Join us for a powerful All-Night Prayer & Worship this evening (Fri 11 Sept). Just come for an hour or two or more, anytime between 8pm Friday and 8pm Saturday at our chuch office – the decor of the evening is totally inpsiring!). The theme is “Releasing Overflowing Life!” – come and get some! (We break our fast at 8pm). We are aleady experiencing, and are expecting some more awesome life to be released this next season!

So, back to the power: Fasting is not an end in itself, and nor just a means to an end. In itself, it enriches the spirit, but through it, it impacts your world by the power of God released in a new measure through you…

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In Luke 4 we read that “Jesus, being full of the Holy Spirit, was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, and He ate nothing…

Then after His fasting and overcoming temptation, the Scripture records that “He came out in the power of the Spirit.”   Note: He went in “led by the Spirit”, and came out “in the power of the Spirit.”  This is another mystery of fasting: Some things (like Jesus casting out the unclean spirit in Mark 9) are made possible by fasting. It seems that the space that fasting creates in ones body/soul/spirit is filled with a new measure of God, and that ALWAYS makes a difference to your next move!

What’s the difference between “being filled with the Spirit” and “being in the power of the Spirit?” Continue reading “When you have fasted, expect the power of the Spirit…”

Don’t forget to eat when you are fasting…

If you are fasting, or planning to do so, I want to remind you not to forget to “eat” when you are fasting…

In Luke 4 we read: “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.”

“…He was hungry” – That’s an obvious side-effect of this fasting thing! Even for Jesus. There’s no way around it.  Everyone knows that our bodies were designed to be fed, but sadly few people ever discover that their souls & spirits need to be fed too. In fasting we remind ourselves that we have another “stomach” that is also desperately hungry.

An empty stomach is one thing, but an empty heart is quite another. We need to learn the art of filling the heart, and satisfying the spirit. Jesus was first tempted to turn a stone into a loaf of bread. Satan appealed to His physical need, but Jesus said something profound: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Continue reading “Don’t forget to eat when you are fasting…”

Why do we fast?

At Every Nation London, and across our Every Nation world, we have times of prayer & fasting as churches and individuals. But you may be asking: WHY? Why would we want to do that? 

Bottle-of-water-007Often in a time of fasting you will hear the question “WHY?” coming from all sorts of places, especially from your stomach! What are we fasting for? What is the goal of this fast? What do you want to get out of it?

Personally, I don’t think that fasting should be seen as something to do only when you want to/need to add some muscle to getting a prayer answered. I don’t think fasting is something we add to prayer when prayer alone doesn’t seem to be enough. When Jesus’ disciples couldn’t cast out a deaf and dumb spirit, and they asked Him why they couldn’t but He could, He answered: “This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”  (Matthew 17).  But did Jesus go away and fast before He prayed for her? No, not right there. But it seems that He had a discipline of fasting and prayer. He demonstrated a desire and delight in the Father, that drew Him as the Son of Man to seek out God the Father in prayer and fasting.  Fasting is more a spiritual disciple aiding a desire, rather than being something to add to prayer when prayer alone doesn’t seem to work.

So what do we fast for?

  1. We fast out of DESIRE. A desire for His presence and His power. We desire more anointing and fruit from what we feel called to do. Jesus came out of His wilderness fast “in the power of the Spirit” (Luke 4:14) – We desire that in and through our lives. We desire that in our church and in this city. We desire that in our communities and on the campuses and in the nations through our church plant and 1000’s of others needed all across Europe and the world.
  2. We fast as a CONSECRATION, that says to the Lord again: “Here we are Lord, fill us, use us!” Like Joshua, we say “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.”  We expect great things coming up!
  3. We do have some specific things we are praying for and seeking wisdom about, and we believe that in fasting things do shift powerfully. But fasting is for more than our needs, its for our deep desire for what this world simply cannot offer us.

If you are/have/are going to fast for a day or more, what’s your DESIRE?

See here for more of my thoughts on fasting, including:

Come and touch Him… tonight!

As we come to the end of our fasting this evening, we are super excited about the all-night prayer evening starting at 8pm tonight (Friday 9 Jan) till 8am tomorrow!

I have just read this in my morning devotions:
“One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night.” Luke 6:12

The result: The apostles were called, and v19 says that “and the whole multitude sought to touch Him, because healing power went out from him, and he healed everyone.”

I know that its not an exact application, but COME AND TOUCH HIM TONIGHT! 

Pop in for any two hour slot as we will be praying & worshipping through the night from 8pm on Friday 9th, until Saturday morning 8am. with people coming and going all the time.

The the focus each hour will alternate between prayer for a specific area in one hour, followed by worship in the next. See the schedule below as a guideline for what will be prayed for when.

Night of prayer venue

WHERE:  The church office, at no 4 Margravine Gardens, Barons Court, W6 8RH – map here

THE PROPOSED SCHEDULE FOR OUR NIGHT OF PRAYER & PRAISE:

From 19.00   Break the fast with a light meal.

20..00   Welcome and share the vision:  Shining light – the God-colours!   Worship:  Smart Family

21.00  Prophetic Praying for Church, Cities and Nations

22.00  Worship:  Dinachi

23.00  Breakthrough Prayer for students, young people & H’smith Com Javed

24.00  Worship:  DIre

01.00  Praying in the Spirit:  Prophetic declarations

02.00  Worship: Daniel Smart

03.00  Praying for Creative Arts:  Joy/ Breakthrough/ Healing  Audette

04.00  Worship: Dina

05.00  Praying for Transformation:  Market Place, Family: Marriages +parenting,

Society: Injustice:  Trafficking A21 etc.

06.00  Worship: Dina

07.00  Praying for Hammersmith Congregation and prophetic words.

08.00  A NEW DAY BEGINS