James River Church, in Nixa, Missouri, has a story to share with us about the power of fasted prayer. One of James River Church’s campuses sits on a piece of property that had been owned by the same family since the Civil War. They had looked for land around the city and knew this ground was uniquely suited to meet the needs of our growing church family. The Church wasn’t the only ones who had noticed the property’s potential – major retail chains were also interested, but the family wasn’t interested in selling.
What do you do, what do we do- when you’ve exhausted all your options when you believe you know God’s will but you can’t see how in the world it will come to pass? You fast. We called the church to a three day fast. We knew we needed God’s help for our need to be met. Within ten days of the church praying, the miracle came as the family who owned the property offered to sell the property to the church but no one else. When God’s people fast and pray the supernatural happens!
What are you needing God to do through this 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer? What are you praying for? Take time to write these needs down. Look at them daily as you pray. Whenever hunger grips your stomach or the cravings for coffee come, read your list and be reminded that your fasting is for a purpose. Through your fast, God will answer!
Psalms 37:4 NIV
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalms 27:1 NIV
1The Lord Is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?
The Lord Is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
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