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!

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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

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 curious 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, wondering if the dream was random or if it was a message from the Holy Spirit. Many say there are no coincidences for the children of God. And, I supposed there was no harm in scanning through Judges regardless, so I did. First, I glanced through, then I began really reading in earnest as I witnessed a 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

How to Change a Country for Good

Hello, friends of Faith and Fasting! Happy New Year!

My prayer and encouragement is broadly for the people of God today, not just in America, but around the world. God’s precious people fill the whole earth, just as Isaiah prophesied they would some day, after the Redeemer had, well, redeemed them.

The followers of Messiah, Jesus Christ, have indeed, spread worldwide. But the densest population of His people live in the United States. By more than 30%, we contain more Christians than any other nation. This means we contain the metaphorical heart of Christianity, whether we want to be known that way or not.

America has not always been true to her role as heart of God’s people. Many have tried to make this a political battle. Maybe there is a place for that, but I prefer to see it as a spiritual battle.

Let’s revisit one of my favorite passages, 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, forgive their sin and heal their land.”

I’ve spoken of this before, but it is my strong belief the way to apply this for our country (and for your country, wherever you may live), is to recognize God said “if MY PEOPLE will do these things… I will hear… forgive… and heal their LAND!”

God’s formula for blessing His land is for His people to get right with Him. The entire nation benefits.

In the same spirit, the entire point of this blog overall is to call American Christians to renewal. For, when we are right with Him, His blessing falls upon our nation. When God’s favor and blessing is upon this nation, we in turn bless the whole world with aid and refuge for the hurting.

A few years ago in my personal life, I came to a point where I began surrendering to the Lord every morning before getting out of bed. I tell Him, “I am Yours, fill me Holy Spirit, and take over this day.” At night, before going to sleep, I pray, “Holy Spirit, take over even my sleep and dreams!”

Try it, if you haven’t already, surrendering and asking the Holy Spirit to fill you, and then give Him even your night. You may be surprised how differently you see your circumstances, relationships, and beyond.

The Spirit brings every good gift with His presence, such as patience, wisdom, and love. Everything we don’t have, He has and gives freely to those surrendered to Him.

This is how we change our country. We begin by taking this first step of trust in relationship to the Lord, putting our hand into the hand of our great Savior, Jesus, and giving His Spirit full authority. Any other changes needed in our lives are up to Him from that point forward.

This is abundant life. This is the path to wholeness for individuals and nations!

God bless America, and may she continue to bless the world. God bless your nation, wherever you may be, through YOUR obedience to Him! That is the promise of God to His people, and isn’t it just amazing?

American Restoration Begins In Us

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 will forgive their sin and heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14

The solar eclipse that traversed across America today had many Bible teachers warning us for weeks. Would it be the day of Christ’s return? Or, more soberly, of God’s pending judgment, if our nation does not turn from the downward slide away from God and His principles? To those questions, I honestly admit I have no answers.

But, what I want us to do is stop for a moment and recognize the core truth in the profound promise above from II Chronicles 7:14. Notice, God did not say, “If all the pagan will turn from their wicked ways, I will heal their land.”

God said, “If My people will do these things… humble and purify themselves and seek Me… I will forgive their sin and heal their land.” If only the people of God do what we are called to do, then His healing and restorative grace falls upon our nation!

My friends, we do not need everyone in America to come to faith and repentance in order to save our country! We so often get caught up blaming non-believers for turning the culture away from God and destroying our nation. But the truth is much simpler and closer to home.

It begins in us! A pure and faithful body of Christ is healing for America. And just as a strong Jerusalem was good for ancient Israel, a strong America is good for the entire world.

May God restore His people… and thus America, and bless her once again. May He continue to use her as a beacon of hope and refuge to people around the world until He returns. May He lift up the hurting children of God all over the world, and make His people worthy to welcome their Savior in the final day.