Fasting That Changed History, Part 2
While fasting is a private discipline that yields many personal benefits, the promises of fasting can also impact your community and your nation. In the Bible, there are two cases in particular where fasting literally changed history!
72 HOURS THAT SAVED THE JEWS
In the book of Esther, the Jews were on the verge of destruction because of the evil conspiracy of Haman, one of the king’s advisors. Haman was “filled” with wrath against a Jew named Mordecai because he did not “bow or pay him homage” (Esther 3:5). “Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus—the people of Mordecai” (Esther 3:6).
Mordecai sought help from Queen Esther, who was his niece. Mordecai’s request meant Esther would have to literally risk her life for it was very dangerous for her to approach the king without being summoned first. So, Esther called a fast.
“Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law, and if I perish, I perish!” (Esther 4:16).
Those 72 hours of fasting changed the history of the world. When Esther approached the king on behalf of her people, they became a nation not of defeat, annihilation, suffering and shame, but a nation of favor. They received honor and promotion . . . all because of three days of fasting and prayer.
You and I can help change the history of our own nation through prayer and fasting. Yes, we have become a world void of morality and truth. But we don’t have to accept it! I want to challenge you to make a habit of regular prayer and fasting for our nation. Fast and pray for our leaders. Fast and pray for our religious freedoms. Fast and pray for the multitudes who have been deceived by the enemy.
When the economy is in trouble . . . when we are worried about wars and hostile nations . . . when natural disasters take homes and lives, we are to call a solemn assembly and fast. We are the ambassadors of Christ and we can affect change.
In the book of Joel, God promises a latter day outpouring of His Spirit. “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days” (Joel 2:28-29).
But this great end time outpouring can only come through prayer and fasting. Joel 1:14 says, “Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly; Gather the elders And all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, And cry out to the LORD.” Will you join God’s people in crying out for His Spirit? Just like the people of Nineveh and with Esther’s people—your fasting and prayers can change history!
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account_circle C Wilson
Such a wonderful blessing. Thanks for this great history on Fasting and Prayer. Have read it before, yet it feels like the first time. I know God is going to do amazing things in my life throughout this fast. Lord I surrender my all to You!
account_circle Kgolofelo Radzilani
I started with the 21 days fasting with you, praise the Lord. I am believing God for financial breakthrough this year. Also clarity and understanding of dreams God is showing me and that i may know what to do after seeing. May God be with every person and answer all prayers as we fast and pray
account_circle Tina Schneider
I joined you in your fast 2018 and have been a partner and following you all year, God spoke to me in a mighty way in my fast last year and can’t wait to see what he is going to show me this year, I want to be a vessel that he can shine through, through this fast I ask that all that needs to be removed from my life will be revealed that I can be full of the Holt spirit to overflowing, healing of my Dad and mom and Finacial breakthroughs, but most of all I want the spirit of God to overflow into all around me.
account_circle Ralph and Teresa Mabry
I am joining the 21 days fast!!
account_circle Ralph and Teresa Mabry
account_circle Rommel Atanque
Thank you for this messages...I'm joining your 21 days of prayer and fasting and I'm praying for a new spiritual and financial breakthrough this year. It's my 4th year of joining Free Chapel's 21 days of prayer and fasting...I'm from the Philippines living in Cambodia.
account_circle Akila Thomas
Today is my second day fasting in this 21 day fast. I have e been praying and seeking God more than ever before. I am for break in my finances,peace in my family. Directions over over life. I fasting and praying to get closer in my walk with God. I am praying dor healing. I am pray God will bring mighty change on my job and move ever all blocks and chain from my life
account_circle Mary Hayes
After reading the Article!! I am reminded how powerful and fasting is !! And God honor our fasting and praying . As I begin this 2019 fast I am looking for great thing to change with the Nation , my family and with my church , my business and much more Amen
account_circle Franck Slowik
We join you for this fasting 2019. We will start on january 14th in Biarritz, France. Thank you for exemple and inspiration. God bless you !
account_circle Joann Dade
Looking forward to joining the fast as we touch and agree and seek GOD.
account_circle Andrea Martínez
Hola soy de Colombia, el año pasado me uní al ayuno después de leer el libro fasting, realmente pude ver cómo Dios protegió la vida de mi familia y ver sueños realizados como viajar a otros países, este año me uno nuevamente con la plena seguridad que veré milagros y la protección de Dios.
account_circle John and Sharon McLaughlin
I joined in the corporate fast with Kingdom Connection last year 2018. My first ever. I fasted for 14 of the 21 days. In the duration of the fast I was praying for breakthroughs in my grown children's lives. In fasting and prayer, the Holy Spirit answered my request. Just like one can not out-give God in tithes and offerings, one cannot out pray blessings from Him. Once again, I'm taking a step of faith to participate in the 2019 Corporate Fast with Jenetzen Franklin. Thank you Bro. Franklin for opening up your ministry for those of us who do not have a church that participates in these annual fasts. To God be the Glory.
account_circle Willie Grahame
I fasted last year along with everyone participated, while going through some health issues. God is so amazing He is a Healer and Deliverer.I am waiting to join the fast this year and very excited to see what God has in store for me in 2019 and throughout the year, and certainly many more years to come.
account_circle Mathetso Ratsita
Looking forward to fast and pray
account_circle Columbus David Msapato
There is power indeed in fasting to break the yokes of satanic rituals
account_circle ALMA DOTRAY
I am looking for information on fasting for this year
account_circle Sandra Early
Looking forward to joining the fast this year. I have so much to thank God for
account_circle Olive Ayime
Thank you Pastor Franklin for #prayfastvote. I am so disappointed with some of the Facebook comments on this. If we choose to pray, fast, vote then we should be prepared to listen to God and obey him. #obedience. We don't know God's will for this election, why can't we just obey what He says after our prayers and fasting. God is always ready to speak, are we ready to listen and obey? For those people who have already made up their minds on who they are voting for I really don't see why you are praying and fasting unless you are ready to obey God. We don't know His will. Let go and let God!