God’s Coronavirus Task Force: A Call to Prayer and Fasting

Friends, in the midst of coronavirus (COVID-19) fear and panic rippling round the world, let’s activate God’s Task Force: the prayer warriors!

Many are already uniting together in spirit to pray for the people in their communities and countries. We want to take this opportunity to join them here on Faith and Fasting. Speaking of fasting, if anyone is able to fast during this time, please do so. One meal, two meals, or longer… Fasting carries with it maximum spiritual power in God’s Kingdom!

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Without any further comment, let’s pray:

Our Great God and Father in Heaven, we stop in this moment to praise Your Holy name! You are in control no matter what circumstances surround us.

You are our Creator, Provider, our all-in-all. You are the one who loves us so much, You sent Your Son to die for us that we might have eternal life if we just trust You.

Forgive us for failing to recognize our need for You every day, every hour. Jesus, we DO need You, in good and bad times, for better or for worse. Forgive us for the sin and selfishness we have allowed to penetrate our lives. We confess and repent now.

Holy Spirit, we surrender to Your wonderful presence! Please fill us now completely as we yield to You. Give us Your wisdom and comfort. Come between us and every foe, seen or unseen.

While nothing surprises You, we acknowledge our nation is gripped by fear and suffering due to COVID-19 spreading sneakily and rapidly. Please intervene on behalf of Your people and the land we love.

Please give wisdom to us, to medical professionals, and to our leaders as to the best way possible to end this crisis.

God, please cover and guide the President, the VP, the COVID-19 Task Force, the Governors, and all across the nation working to help and inform people.

We ask You free up supply chains for all needed medicines and supplies. Speed the process of developing vaccines and treatments that would bring aid and comfort to hurting people.

Please guard us against those who seek to abuse this crisis for personal or political gain.

Guard our children, our elderly, the vulnerable. Bring communities together to make sure everyone has enough supplies and food, and show us how to be smart in protecting ourselves against further spread and infection.

Lord, prepare our leaders and us to work together when it is over to return our economy to full health, in such a way as to show Your glorious hand. Please bring good out of this, as You always do. Put wise, protective measures in place against future crises that are better for Your people, for the good of Your nation.

Bless Your land, Father, and remind us every blessing is from You! Use us to bless the world, to first and foremost spread the good news of Your love to all who will hear.

Thank you, Father, we trust You! We know You will speed healing and calm, peace and recovery, and keep us faithful to give You glory! 

In the mighty and matchless name of Jesus, we pray all these things. Amen!

Precious friends of Faith and Fasting, be lights and beacons of hope in your communities, and encourage all of the people of God to trust and pray, to fast if able. We will get through this, our great God is able.

Be still and know that I am God…’ Psalm 46:10

Peace to you today and always.

The Solution

Often, I catch myself fretting over the continual cultural slide and division in the United States. The fabric of our American soul is being pulled so hard at both ends, it is thin and close to being torn to shreds in the middle. At least, it seems that way sometimes.

One sleepless night recently, I lay in bed pondering the condition of America. This time I was listening more than whining, earnestly seeking His comfort and wisdom.

In this quiet, honest reflection, He reminded me the American people, including me, too often think politics, political leaders are our hope, the solution. We fight and argue and try to persuade others to agree with us, yet end up feeling powerless as we watch disharmony continuing to grow.

We wear political hats and t-shirts, hold rallies and wave signs and flags. And maybe we convince a few. But violence increases, attacks grow, divisions form widening chasms in our worldviews, and we despair of seeing our beloved nation come together in peace and unity.

Children of God, followers of Christ, our true power is not in sign-waving politics. It is in surrendered relationship with Him. Real power is in giving ourselves up to His Holy Spirit. It is found when we invite Him to fill every inch of our personal temples and give Him control, every hour, every day.

More, real hope and change for our nation is found when the people of God, the ‘Israel of God’, in this land unite in surrender to His Spirit and in seeking Him for their nation, His nation. This land belongs to the Lord, having been dedicated publicly to Him by George Washington in its founding days! No amount of white-washing our history or denial intending to erase our Biblical founding will remove who we are to God.

So, as I lay in surrender and restful listening to the wisdom of His Spirit, the quiet voice of inspiration whispered the Solution:

Pray for the youth of this nation to have another Holy Spirit-led awakening. Pray for the young of My people to fall deeply in love with Jesus, to claim their schools and universities again for Christ! To take their youth groups, neighborhoods, clubs and community groups, by storm! Pray, Holy One, sweep this land for another harvest of young souls. Begin with the children of Your people, raise up a generation, two generations, three generations, of surrendered, Spirit-filled young people! Through them, usher in a great revival that restores Your Spirit and Your values to every corner of this very divided land.

Friends, instead of fretting over the divisions, the degradation of our culture or political landscape, instead of having one more argument with friends on social media about party politics, pray today for the people of God to awaken to His Spirit and fully surrender to Him. Pray for revival to begin in the lives of His children, our children. As II Chronicles 7:14 reminds us, when we are fully His, humbly, purely seeking Him, He heals our land!

Watch and see what the Lord will do!

God bless you today, and God bless America!

If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
II Chronicles 7:14

Fasting and Praying for Election Begun

Our 50 hour fast began a few hours ago. We took time this evening to pray in general for all races in our 50 States: Representatives, Senators and Governors. We prayed that God would show favor to those who 1) know Him and are sincerely surrendered to Him and 2) whose agenda and policies are based on His values. 

As our fast continues over the next 2 days, I will share our prayers with the readers. May God bless and guide each of you praying and also anyone fasting for the election on Tuesday!

Fasting is a Christian’s maximum spiritual power. I say that over and over and must sound like a broken record. But it is SO significant, it bears repeating until our souls soak up the truth of this secret weapon.

Jesus told the disciples in Mark 9:29 that a particularly stubborn evil spirit would not be removed except through prayer and fasting. When we need to pull out the big spiritual guns, FASTING is it!

It does not mean our prayers are ineffective. Not at all! Scripture also tells us the fervent prayers of the righteous person are very effective! Perhaps the key word there is ‘righteous’.

That reminds me once again of 2 Chronicles 7:14, ‘If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.’

It is all about humility and purity, isn’t it? Our clean and pure surrender, pursuit of our loving Lord is key to His response. He knows when we are sincere and totally dependent on Him, and He opens up Heaven to pour out answers and blessing.

Well, I’ll close on that note tonight. Keep the faith, don’t stop interceding on behalf of every race in our nation this Tuesday. May God’s will be done!

Fasting for November 6 Election

[We at Faith and Fasting will be fasting 50 hours, one hour for every one of America’s 50 States. We will begin Sunday, Nov 4, at 4:00 PM, and break our fast on election day, Tuesday, Nov 6, at 6:00 PM. We welcome all who are not physically prohibited to join us. Even one meal will move the hand of God!]

May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift His face to look upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:26-27

People of God, it is time once again to strengthen the will and power of God in our nation through fasting. As Jesus revealed in Mark 9:29, there is no greater spiritual power than to pray and fast.

As a nation founded upon Biblical law and dedicated to Him by our Christian first President, George Washington, we are still God’s nation. Culture does not determine our identity. Our identity in Christ is foundational, bedrock. It is immutable.

Out of love, in order to pour blessing upon His nation, God’s people are called to purify themselves, seek Him, repent and pray for their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Elections determine who gets to make law that governs the people. We must vote our conscience, our values which come from the Bible, and support candidates who also espouse Biblical common sense.

But, we don’t have to have the wisdom of Job or Solomon to determine who is best suited to every position. We have direct access to God’s wisdom and all of Heaven’s power! There is one sure way to open rivers of blessing from heaven! It is through prayer and fasting.

So, we ask you today, people of God, please unite and join us in prayer and fasting for God’s will to be done in every race, every district, every State!

While our goal is 50 hours, set your own perameters for fasting. One meal may work for many. Others may be able and willing to fast longer.

Please share this call with your family of faith. We will form a mighty network of prayer and fasting across the nation, for God’s will to be done in His land. He Who has called us is able, and He will complete the work He has started in us!

God bless you all, and God bless His nation, America!

Trusting in Troubled Times

Don’t get angry [literally, Hold back from anger; Abandon wrath].
    Don’t be ·upset [worried; angry]; it only leads to ·trouble [or evil].
Evil people will be ·sent away [literally, cut off],
    but those who ·trust [wait/pin their hope on] the Lord will inherit the land.
10 In a little while the wicked will be no more.
    You may look for them, but they will be ·gone [or no more].
11 People who are not proud [literally, the humble/meek] will inherit the land*
    and will enjoy ·complete peace [or much prosperity].

12 The wicked make evil plans against ·good [righteous] people.
They ·grind [gnash] their teeth at them [in anger].
13 But the Lord laughs at the wicked,
because he sees that their day [of judgment] is coming. Psalm 37:8-13 Expanded Bible (EXB)

*They are blessed who are ·humble [meek; gentle], for ·the whole earth will be theirs [L they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 (EXB)

These passages in Psalm 37 and Matthew 5 urge the people of God to trust Him instead of spending time fuming over those who do evil. They assure us of God’s control and that justice will be done, in time! Someday, the wicked will be no more, those who trusted the Lord end up with… everything! What a comfort.

Take heart in these promises in your own life, in whatever situation you may be facing personally.

Also, for the American people of God dismayed over the actions of angry, violent mobs who threaten our peace and security, rest in the knowledge of God’s awareness and involvement! Stay innocent in your actions, pure before Him. Remember 2 Chronicles 7:14, and keep seeking the Lord for our nation in humility and surrender.

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Coming Soon: Fasting for the November Election

Elections are a couple of weeks away. It is time to prepare for fasting and praying again. We WILL be fasting in our home leading up to November 6. How long you fast is up to you. As little as one meal will make a difference!

Some may fast a day or two, or for several days as God leads and your physical ability allows. God will see and hear, and our nation will be blessed! We will talk more about this soon…

God bless you!

May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift His face to look upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:26-27

Restoration of God’s People and Their Land – A Pattern in Judges

I’ve never given much thought to the book of Judges in the Bible before. It is not a book often referenced from American pulpits, at least not in my Protestant experience.

What inspired me to even read Judges recently was a dream. It was very short but went like this: I was in a public venue, in some type of leadership capacity. A petite, brown-haired woman approached to shake my hand, and she said to me, “I especially appreciated your research on Judges.” She said more, but it dissolved quickly upon returning to consciousness.

I awoke confused at first but curious. I had not done any research on Judges. Still, knowing dreams are used by the Holy Spirit, I began scanning through this mostly unfamiliar book. First, I read casually, but began really reading in earnest as I witnessed an obvious pattern unfold.

Through 450 years of ancient Israel’s ups and downs recorded in Judges’ 21 chapters, a clear formula was evident. It is very simple:

When the people of God trusted and were faithful to Him, their land was at peace and rest under good leadership. Conversely, whenever the people strayed, rebelled and turned to evil, they were punished with evil leadership.

But, each time the people cried out to the Lord for deliverance, He responded and answered their cry. In His response, He overturned evil and restored the good. Every. Single. Time.

Within this pattern, I noticed the phases of punishment were vastly shorter than the years of peace and rest. So, the grace of God was still present, even in judgment.

If you will allow, I would like to speak on a controversial subject related to American politics. I usually avoid politics like the plague. I don’t know about your country, but it seems to divide Americans faster than anything else.

As a Christ-follower and His ambassador first and foremost, I try not to offend one group or another. The sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ, is for all people. His followers can be found on all sides of any political argument. Staying focused on Him and His word is usually the best approach to remain welcoming to a diverse audience, as Christ is welcoming.

But sometimes, you have to speak truth no matter the consequences. This is one of those times.

As surprising as it is even to me to hear myself say this, I believe Donald Trump is God’s choice for America right now. I believe his victory was in response to a growing cry from God’s people for our nation to return to Him.

Mr. Trump is far from perfect, he is not a polished politician who guards his words. He is not a shiny Christian whose life has been exemplary as a Christ-follower.

But there are some things in particular he has spoken into the American conscience again, and chief among them is a respect for life in the womb. This, I believe, above all else, is near and dear to the heart of God.

The Bible teaches us God is the author of life, that He knit us in the womb (Psalm 139:13). No human, even the mother, has a right to take the life into which God placed a beating heart and breathed a soul.

Tellingly, every time the people of God in Judges rebelled, they returned to Baal worship. Baal worship involved infant sacrifice.

When the people of God in Judges returned to Him, repented and cried out for deliverance, good leadership was restored and Baal worship and infant sacrifice were knocked back down. The parallels to current day America and abortion are stunning and sobering.

In addition, Mr. Trump has reignited protection upon the people of God and their right to freedom of worship and speech. Finally, he has returned us to acknowledgement of the sovereignty of Israel and commitment to our close friendship and alignment with her as our best friend in the Middle East.

Who could have imagined the billionaire business tycoon and reality TV star would so powerfully step into the role of protector of things sacred and Holy to God’s people? But, he did. 

And in response, the economy has roared back to life, unemployment is down to historic levels, businesses are hiring and growing once more in America, and peace is being forged one talk at a time on the foreign stage. All of this happening while the President is attacked mercilessly by political opponents and the vast majority of the media.

Against all odds God is outpouring blessing once again upon America through a most unlikely candidate. I believe the principle spoken in II Chronicles 7:14 is being played out dramatically: 

If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.

Prior to Mr. Trump’s election, a groundswell movement had grown over several years inside a broad spectrum of halls of faith, and individual followers of Christ began praying, seeking, repenting, and fasting… for a return of God’s hand of blessing upon our dear nation. We understood it required us to change, and Him to be placed back in charge. 

Incredible evidence of the mighty hand of God was seen ON election day, 2016: Signs of Divine Intervention in Trump Victory

On November 8, 2016, we witnessed a stunning turn in the election results – at the precise moment thousands were praying together for God’s intervention – and a miraculous victory that day for the long shot. (Of course, unknown numbers of us had also been fasting and praying leading up to the election.)

His opponent, the favorite to win, was the one candidate in history that had most championed abortion. Her husband was the first President to make it a primary part of his agenda years before, and she would have increased her defense of it and removed all restrictions.

Just as the ancient people of Israel in Judges cried out again and again under wicked leadership to see God overturn evil and restore them in response, I am as surprised as anyone to say I believe God placed Donald Trump in the White House in response to the cries of His people for America. And, defense of the most innocent human life, by no accident and with great significance, has returned.

Followers of Christ, appreciate every minute of this time of blessing and reprieve for our nation. Do not let down your vigilance to pray for our President and leadership. 

Never stop praying, regularly fasting, surrendering to His Spirit, for you are standing in the gap, upholding our land before Him. He has heard you, and He has moved His hand on your behalf!

What an amazing, faithful and great God we serve. He is holy and just, mighty and worthy. Praise Him! And may He continue outpouring His blessing upon America, that we may be a blessing to the rest of the globe!

Prayer and FASTING on National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 3! Faith and Fasting friends, will you join me in not just praying, but also FASTING for our nation this Thursday?

Never in the history of our beautiful land have we needed more for the people of God to unite in prayer and fasting. Our President, White House staff, Cabinet members, House, Senate, Judiciary, every other servant in government, and their families, need us to bend the ear and heart of Heaven like never before.

Jesus revealed the source of maximum spiritual power when He told the disciples:

However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. Matthew 17:21

So He said to them, this kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting. Mark 9:29

Let’s turn on the power! And pray for wisdom, truth, protection from evil, and a mighty movement of God upon our leaders and our nation. Ask Him for the outpouring of His Holy Spirit upon every follower of Christ who has trusted Him for salvation… for revival, and renewed strength, to sweep this nation.

For we know what God has promised:

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, whose people He has chosen for His inheritance. Psalm 33:12

If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven and forgive their sin and HEAL THEIR LAND. 2 Chron 7:14

If anyone needs help knowing how to fast, please check out “How to Fast” on Faith and Fasting. Originally posted in May of 2016, it has been updated and reposted to assist anyone on National Day of Prayer this week.

God bless you all, and truly we ask… God bless America!

Additional information and prayer guides are available at the link below:

http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org