FASTING AND PRAYER: BELIEVER’S PRIESTLY MINISTRY

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TOPIC: FASTING AND PRAYER OUR PRIESTLY MINISTRY (PART 3)

Scripture: Esther 4: 3. And in every province, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

Beloved, I welcome you to another Moment of Daily Encounter! Fasting and prayer, our priestly ministry as believers, is necessary to deal with certain issues.

Today, we shall look at one of such issues and it is THREAT.

What is a threat?

According to Merriam Webster dictionary a threat is the possibility that something bad or harmful could happen. Or
a statement saying you will be harmed if you do not do what someone wants you to do.

A typical example of a threat statement was issued by Haman in Esther 3:13-15! Here, a threat letter was sent to all the Jews in Shushan informing them of the date of their execution.

What was their response?

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Our opening scripture (Esther 4:3) reveals the response of the Jews immediately they received the letter informing them of their date of execution( Esther 3:13-15)!

The people did not call for a gossip meeting neither did they call for a complain party, but rather they called for prayer and fasting, where they poured out their hearts to God in weeping and at the end, it paid off for them.

Beloved, the ideal thing to do when you receive a threat to life and property is to go on a fast!

Did you receive a threat in the dream or in the physical? Don’t just fold your hands and say you cannot do anything about it, while the enemy overruns you. Take a fast and cry out to God.

There are so many believers who received a word of threat and they overlooked it thinking it was all boldface but were taken by surprise!

Every threat must be treated as a matter of urgency. Somebody tells you “I will show you” or “you will see”!

Please don’t go and sleep over it, deal with it decisively!

You received a threat in your dream, go for a fast and call upon God.

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Don’t be quiet when your destiny is being decided.

If the Jews kept mute over the letter they received, they would have been executed as planned but the Bible said:

Esther 4: 3. .., there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

The following are things to note about the kind of fast to engage:

1. It is a kind of fast where you cry out to God passionately not the one where you check the time frequently just to break your fast.

2. This is a fast where your spirit cries out to meet his Maker as commanded by God in :

Joel 2: 12. Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

3. This is the fast where you loose appetite for food and drinks, the only appetite is God and nothing else.

4. It is a fast that requires maximum concentration, no distraction of any kind is permitted.

Beloved, I don’t know what kind of threat you may have received as the year began. It may be a termination of contract, appointment or sack letter. It may be a court summon, an eviction letter or quit notice.

It could be a medical report, a divorce letter, a letter of suspension or whatever kind of letter that is threatening the peace of your mind and family. Don’t go and kill yourself or walk around depressed and moody. Instead, make it a time to fast and take a passionate cry unto God !

Perhaps, what you received was an e-mail, a WhatsApp note or an SMS informing you like the Jews, the bitter development around your relationship, your business or your career! It is time to take that issue of threat to God and cry unto Him.

Remember this: Heaven is real and hell is real. Where will you spend eternity? Make the right decision today.

Prayer points:

– Father thank you for your word to me today.
– Lord, I present this threat ( mention it by name) to you, let there be divine intervention in Jesus name.

Prophetic Declaration:

– I prophesy upon your life every issue that is currently threatening your life, receive divine intervention now in the name of Jesus.
– That eviction notice, that medical report concerning your health is changed now into a testimony.

From your brother Alex.

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