SANCTIFY A FAST

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“Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.” Joel 2:15-16

It is another season of praying with fasting, from the 1st day of May till the 20th. It is important to note that nothing happens for nothing. If you remain inactive, the situation you are facing will remain unchanged. In the book of Joel 1, verse 1 to verse 10 describes a horrible situation that overwhelmed the people. It was so terrible that nobody knew what to do about it. Then in Verse 12-13, God told the people what to do, through the prophet. “Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.” Turning to God in prayer with fasting was their way out of the evil siege. When they did, God turned their fortune around. “Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen: But I will remove far off from you the northern army… And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.” (Vs 19-20, 24-26). The enemies were overthrown, they overtook and enjoyed overflow, because they turned their attention from their busy schedule to seek the Lord with fasting.

When there are people to prayer, there is a God to answer. It is time to take the bull by the horn and enforce the will of God for you in your life, family and the works of your hands. You have eaten enough! You have slept enough! It is time to dislodge the evil forces against your life so you can enjoy perfection and completion this year.
FURTHER STUDY
Isaiah 58, Joel 2:1-26

PRAISE REPORT
Healed of eye problem
I suffered from serious eye problem. It was so bad that blood and pus was coming out of my eye and I was not seeing clearly. The medications I was taking did not work. I joined in a prayer and fasting program in church and God healed my eye. The discharge stopped and I now see very clearly. Also, before I came to church, things were difficult for me, but since I came, things have turned around. I don’t struggle anymore to get results. Praise God!
– Donald O.

PRAYER POINTS
[Spend some time and worship God. Thank Him for all He has done.]
1. Father, I receive Grace to stand in the place of prayer with fasting these 21 days in Jesus name!
2. Distractions and weariness the enemy will bring in my path, I overcome them now in Jesus name!
3. Any territorial spirit that will stand in the way of the answers to my prayers, I destabilize you now in Jesus name.
4. Any force of delay planning to work against my expectations this month, be destroyed by fire now in Jesus name!
5. This month, I overthrow every opposing stronghold, I overtake every holder of my miracle and I overflow in every area of my life and family in Jesus name!

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