The human life expectancy is the United States is currently age 79. If you only had nine days left of life, sometimes we would make some changes and do things we should have done. If you only had nine days left to pray, or to fast- to make that personal walk with God, would you do it? Well, today is that day. Every day is that day.
You never know when the last day is for you, so you have the opportunity to fast and to pray and to make that walk from October 16th through October 24th. Will you do it?
The Global Coalition has announced October 16th – October 24th for this year’s International Week of Prayer and Fasting. This event is held in Washington DC and extends an invitation to anyone who can attend. Their purpose for this meeting is “prayer.”
Our nation is in such distress, the coalition has arranged for anyone who wants to attend, or wants to join with others to gather to pray for an end to the events leading to up to what this new “culture of death,” we live in. The Coalition is reaching out to all who have a basic appreciation of human rights, who will, to come join together through prayer and fasting for our country.
Our Two Cents:
The United States as a nation is under so much stress. Just this morning, as I sat down for prayer, and I glanced through the events and happenings, the pain and duress
- At least 9 people dead in South Carolina’s historic rain;
- Killer spared ‘lucky one’ in exchange for two tasks;
- County seeks protection from ‘God’s Wrath’ over gay marriage;
- Amtrak passenger train derails, 6 injured;
- L.A. to pay $3M over death of man in custody;
- Jesse Matthew gets 3 life sentences for sexual assault; abduction;
- A Texas football coach has resigned after reportedly admitting to ordering two
- players to level a referee.
In one day, these are just a few of the headlines referencing the grief, the discourse, the tragedy, and the pain that is scattered throughout the United States. Kevin Wandra of Christian Newswire reported, “Today the world faces unprecedented global financial crises, record-breaking natural disasters, global terrorism and the greatest exodus of refugees to Europe since World War II. Our world is also under great threats from countries like Iran, North Korea and China.” Therefore with such movement locally amongst our people, and globally against our people, we should understand the need for us to unite as a great nation, and stand ‘UNITED’.
Peace Among Us All
Some people will feel, “I am not Catholic; I can’t attend.” God doesn’t care if you are Catholic, and neither will those worshipping. I know some people may tell you, denomination is inclusive; however, I have yet to find in the Bible where that is so. The Pope made a visit here in the states. Not once did he say, ‘Good Catholic People of Philadelphia!’ Just last year the International Week of Prayer and Fasting movement,
Pope Francis proclaimed the year, “the Year of Mercy,” because he said, “It is the favorable time to heal wounds, a time not to be weary of meeting all those who are waiting to see and touch with their hands the signs of the closeness of God, a time to offer everyone the way of forgiveness and reconciliation.” Pope Francis also said,
“Preaching mercy is not the same as ignoring sin or withholding correction. Instead, mercy invites repentance and conversion and ensures the sinner that once God forgives a sin, He forgets it.” (Wire, 2015) Others speaking also feel the same way.
Coalition Chairperson Maureen Flynn says, “Peace will not come to the world from the meetings of those whom we call the great leaders of the earth, nor from their agreements. Peace can only come to us from the return of humanity to God through means of conversion, to which we are being called this day by means of prayer, fasting, and penance. Prayer and fasting can stop wars and will obtain for our nation and our world graces from God.” (Wire, 2015)
This was such an impressive statement as it shows how regardless of the position of the person here on Earth, the understanding is clearly that peace can only come from God alone. Some people feel in the Catholic religion, the Pope is set in front of God, and that is not so; neither is a priest. Only God can intervene and give us what we need as a nation.
Prayers and Fasting
The first time I mentioned to my teenager about fasting, her response to me was, “Fasting?” “Oh, giving up something, yea!”
“What are we giving up for God?”
I told her we would be giving up food, not just a certain kind of food, as for Lent, but all food for a certain period of time. We would choose, one to three days. Her look said most of it, but her response was typical of a teenager, “Food?” “All food?” “For a whole day?”
“I know this is to get close to God, but if I give up food for a whole day, I will be shaking hands.”
Disappointed since she could not see how wonderful and beautiful this is of an opportunity this is, I searched for scriptures. I knew the words would make up the difference. I immediately thought of Ezra 8:21-23. This would be the perfect opportunity to explain the importance of both.
Ezra 8:21-23~ Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a straight way for ourselves, our children, and all our goods. 22For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way; since we had told the king, “The hand of our God is for good upon all that seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all that forsake him.” 23So we fasted and besought our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.
Also Esther 4:15-17, is another example of praying and fasting.
Esther 4:15-17~ And now, O Lord God and King, God of Abraham, spare thy people; for the eyes of our foes are upon us to annihilate us, and they desire to destroy the inheritance that has been thine from the beginning. Do not neglect thy portion, which thou didst redeem for thyself out of the land of Egypt. Hear my prayer, and have mercy upon thy inheritance; turn our mourning into feasting, that we may live and sing praise to thy name, O Lord; do not destroy the mouth of those who praise thee.
There are many times in our lives where we pray. We give our problems, our concerns, and our worries to the Lord. We know it is taken care of, and we go on our way. However, there are other times we feel a heaviness on our heart. We can almost feel the magnitude of the worry, and we let it bother us. That is when instead of worry, maybe we should take some initiative and do something more. Maybe we talk with the Lord. Maybe we should talk with a Man of God (a preacher, minister, priest, etc.).
Sometimes, this is when you might consider a fast. Why is fasting important?
Matthew 17:21 tells us this answer.
Matthew 17:21~ Fasting is important because of spiritual warfare.
When we fast, we are not forcing God to do something, but are resisting supernatural strongholds and powers. Someone might say, “Why is this necessary when Christ has all power?”
I do not know the answer to this question, but I do know that Christ said, “This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”
Fasting also helps keep the body under subjection. This is evidenced in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 in being temperate in all things.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27~ Words remind us to “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beathed the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself
should be a castaway.”
The body continually desires its own way. As with the Apostle Paul, he knew that big battles are won through victory in small skirmishes, and wars are won through victory in individual battles. Daniel first had to conquer the small skirmish of his own bodily appetites as a young man before he could conquer the larger battle of refusing to obey the solemn law of the king regarding prayer as an old man. Victory had to be gained over food before victory could be gained over the lions.
Prayer and Fasting has had a long history in the days old. Maybe it does not have the same effect it used to. That may be also why it is not used as much as it used. Sometimes fasting is a biblical matter. Other times it is an individual matter. If fasting is an individual, private matter, something not specifically commanded by God, is it really important? Can’t it simply be left undone? No! The Lord Jesus Christ said that there are spiritual battles which can be won by NOTHING but by prayer AND fasting–not prayer alone, but prayer AND fasting. This means spiritual, biblical fasting is absolutely essential at times for victory over the enemy. There is no set or rigid guidelines for fasting, but when it comes to biblical fasting, for fasting is a precious promise made personally by you to God. HE will lead you in your fellowship with HIM, but you must abstain. How long should you fast, well that decision is yours, and it is a personal one for you and for God, for you are walking in fellowship with HIM.
In this situation, you are fasting for peace for many more than yourself. You are also fasting for togetherness in your community, in your city, in your state, in your nation, and in this world. That’s quite a responsibility. With so much you are taking on, if you gave up just a day? Would it be worth it? Would peace be worth it? Would unity be worth it? Do you have a family, children, a wife, a husband, grandchildren, or do you want any of these? Are they worth a day of fasting? Are you? The world will be left for them. Where do you want to be when you leave this world? With God? Is God worth it?
Heavenly Father, I love You, I praise You, and I worship You. I thank You for sending Your Son Jesus Who won victory over sin and death for my salvation. I thank You for sending Your Holy Spirit Who empowers me, guides me, and leads me into fullness of life. I thank you for Mary, my Heavenly Mother, who intercedes with the holy angels and Lord Jesus Christ, I place myself at the foot of Your cross and ask You to cover me with Your Precious Blood which pours forth from Your Most Sacred Heart and Your Most Holy Wounds. Cleanse me, my Jesus, in the living water that flows from Your Heart. I ask You to surround me, Lord Jesus, with Your Holy Light.
Heavenly Father, let the healing waters of my baptism now flow back through the maternal and paternal generations to purify my family line of Satan and sin. I come before You, Father, and ask forgiveness for myself, my relatives, and my ancestors, for any calling upon powers that set themselves up in opposition to You or that do not offer true honor to Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ Holy Name, I now reclaim any territory that was handed over to Satan and place it under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
By the power of Your Holy Spirit, reveal to me, Father, any people I need to forgive and any areas of unconfessed sin. Reveal aspects of my life that are not pleasing to You, Father, ways that have given or could give satan a foothold in my life. Father, I give to You any unforgiveness; I give to You my sins; and, I give to You all ways that Satan has a hold of my life. Thank You, for Your forgiveness and Your love. Lord Jesus, in Your Holy Name, I bind all evil spirits of the air, water, ground, underground, and netherworld. I further bind, in Jesus’ Name, any and all emissaries of the satanic headquarters and claim the Precious Blood of Jesus on the air, atmosphere, water, ground and their fruits around us, the underground and the netherworld below.
Heavenly Father, allow Your Son Jesus to come now with the Holy Spirit, the holy angels and the saints to protect me from all harm.
From October 16th – 24th, the initiative will begin, and it is the intent of the International Week of Prayer and Fasting to bring people together of all ages, races, and backgrounds to participate in a week of unity and to remember the days of peace. If you don’t remember the days, then you can read about them, and know why prayers will be exchanged, and Fasting will begin; you can become part of a tomorrow