Ninevah Fasted and God Spared Disaster

Most of us are familiar with the story of Jonah and the whale. You remember, how Jonah didn’t want to do what God asked of him, so God sent along a large fish to swallow Jonah and carry him to the very place he didn’t want to go. Of course, he spent three days and nights in the belly of the fish where he got his heart right first.

That’s the story most of us were taught as children in Sunday School. But there is another miracle in the story we probably don’t remember as easily, maybe an even bigger one than a large fish swallowing a human who lived to tell the tale!

It is the miracle of fasting, accompanied by prayer and repentance. And how this powerful combination of sincere spiritual submission changed God’s mind!

Recall, the reason God wanted Jonah to go to Ninevah in the first place was to warn them His judgment was coming. He had gotten sick of their rebellious ways and was giving them, well, 40 days by the time Jonah finally got there. Only 40 days till disaster.

When Ninevah got this warning from Jonah, the second miracle happened. They believed him. And they repented, began fasting and praying! All the way up to the King, all the way down to the least of the kingdom believed and repented, fasted and prayed!

Then there was a third miracle: God changed His mind! He spared them and did not bring the disaster to their shores.

Friends, the power of getting right with God is huge. There is nothing like total submission and letting God know you are serious, that you will even deny yourself pleasure and risk a little discomfort to seek Him, to be right with Him.

Let’s learn from the story, the whole story of Jonah and Ninevah. American children of God, we’ve been warned by precious saints like Rabbi Jonathan Cahn in his profound book, The Harbinger. A time of judgment is headed our way. Surely it is already touching our shores as the edge of a hurricane.

It is not too late. But, the time is now to repent, fast and pray for our nation.

Please join us on May 5th, 2016, fasting 24 hours and praying for our nation, in conjunction with National Day of Prayer. Check previous posts (and future ones) for details.

God bless you!

Jonah Warns Nineveh of God’s Judgment

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

The People of Nineveh Repent and FAST

The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”

God Changes His Mind

10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

Jonah 3  English Standard Version (ESV)

A Time to Fast

Joel 2:15-18

Pray to the Lord

15 Blow the trumpet at Zion.
    Call for a special meeting.
    Call for a special time of fasting.
16 Bring the people together.
    Call for a special meeting.
Bring together the old men,
    the children, and the small babies still at their mothers’ breasts.
Let the bride and her new husband
    come from their bedroom.
17 Let the priests, the Lord’s servants,
    cry between the porch and the altar.
All of them should say this: “Lord, have mercy on your people.
    Don’t let your people be put to shame.
    Don’t let other people tell jokes about your people.
Don’t let the other nations laugh at us and say,
    ‘Where is their God?’”

The Lord Will Restore the Land

18 Then the Lord cared very much about his land.
    He felt sorry for his people.

Joel 2:15-18 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

 

Friends in Christ, THIS is our time to fast and pray for our nation.

Please join us on May 5, 2016, in conjunction with National Day of Prayer, to fast 24 hours for the restoration of our nation.

There is hope the Lord will have mercy on us and restore our land. But, we must do our part. It is a time to set aside pleasure and call on the great name of Jehovah for our country. We may witness the greatest awakening of our time if we seek it with all of our hearts.

Share this with as many as you know in the family of faith!

May His will be done in our people and in our nation. Amen.

Fasting For America on May 5, 2016 – National Day of Prayer

Please be a part of prayer and fasting for America on Thursday, May 5, 2016, in conjunction with National Day of Prayer.

America needs help. Division and violence grow near and far. The people of God know the truth: He is our only hope.

This is a grass roots effort, calling the people of God to spiritual battle on behalf of our nation. We will be using the ultimate spiritual weapon Christ revealed in Mark 9:29, “this kind only comes out by prayer and fasting”.

Suggested prayer requests during the fast:

  1. Personal cleansing, surrender to God and filling of the Holy Spirit.
  2. Spiritual renewal, that the people of God in America will be strengthened now and prepared for the future.
  3. Awakening, for truth to be resurrected in our land, and for the Spirit of the Lord to move powerfully to bring every lost person to repentance and faith in Christ.
  4. Restoration and unification of our leaders in His name, and especially for His will to be done in the coming elections!

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.  II Chronicles 7:14 KJV

Please share this with everyone you know in the family of faith. Let’s make a difference the most powerful way God gave us: through prayer and fasting!

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Fasting For America on May 5th

The people of God need no convincing that something is wrong in America. We hear of growing violence from both within and without our country in the news. Division on many important issues seems to widen. Each year our culture further alienates biblical truth and the strength and spirit of our nation are weakening. Godly people are praying, have been praying, for a long time. So, why the continued downward trend?

Consider an answer right out of the mouth of Christ. When the disciples came to Him asking why they could not cast out a particular demonic spirit, Jesus replied, “This kind only comes out by prayer and fasting” (Mark 9:29). I believe we are at the place in America where prayer alone is not enough.

It is time for us to do more. The Lord has impressed on my heart to call the people of God to spiritual battle on behalf of our country using the ultimate spiritual weapon He revealed to us: fasting. For this reason, I urge you, please join me in prayer and Fasting For America on National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 5, 2016.

Watch in days ahead for additional information about Fasting For America on May 5th, and for tips on fasting. It is an old discipline and the most powerful spiritual weapon in a Christian’s life.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (earthly) but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.  II Corinthians 10:4 NKJV

People of God, I urge you to consider fasting regularly, for the needs in your home and for our country. How much of Heaven and earth could we impact if we all fasted one meal per week? Or one day per month?

Thank you for visiting Fasting For America. Please follow us and share the fasting event on May 5th with your family of faith. God bless you!