This is day one of the 40 day Celebrate to Accelerate. For further understanding about this specific fast as well as some of the benefits and blessings of fasting and prayer, please read Celebrate to Accelerate.
Here, at the beginning, is where you will have the biggest expectation or the greatest apprehension. This all depends upon your viewpoint going into the fast.
The enemy has probably already started assaulting your mind with questions like, “Are you sure you want to fast like this?” or “Are you sure you want to fast this long?” “Wouldn’t God be fine if you were not quite so extreme or radical?” The statements and questions of the enemy can cause fear to arise that will either cripple you, or cause you to see the grand adventure that is set before you.
I am reminded of a word that I got while on mission in Cambodia. Some prophetic friends had dreams of me coming back from that trip in a wheelchair. My family and friends were praying, and I took precautions in the spiritual and physical against any attack of the enemy. This did not stop me, however, from enjoying my time at a carnival in a third world country that had numerous, questionable safety concerns. This included a giant zipline. My friend’s warning was in my mind as I climbed the tower, but I did not let it stop me from having fun… I just prayed a lot more than I normally would have.
At this moment when God is beginning a movement in your life, troubles loom before you like the star destroyers that were closing in on The Millennium Falcon, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and the other characters in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. This is where the line is uttered by Han, “this is where the fun begins!” A great fear is before you as it was then, but there are many in distress that need your help!
How many souls are waiting on you to set them free from bondage by your earnest prayer and fasting?
How many nations will be transformed because of your obedience?
How will your entire family benefit from the abundant blessings poured out upon them because of your steadfast faith in action?
There is an adventure into the unknown! Your great expectation will cause abundant anticipation for what will take place over the next 40 days.
Psalm 16:11 “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Acts 2:28 “You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.”
Fun begins with The One!!! Jesus is the reason we fast!
He is our example!
He is our reason!
He is our strength!
He is our hope!
He is our fun, life, adventure, and so much more!!!
Jesus, I love you and declare that you are worth it! Bring me into Your Presence in a special way today and every day as I seek You!!!
Practical Steps –
– Make a list of reasons why you are fasting. Isaiah 58 is a good chapter to read when gaining an understanding of why we fast.
Here. Are some of the things on my list –
1. Souls (the lost in my sphere of influence and unreached people)
2. Wisdom, Understanding, Revelation, and Might
3. Total Eradication of The Flesh
4. Release to The Nations
5. Break the Yoke of Debt
6. Re-dig the Wells of Revival
7. Power, gifts, miracles… released in me and my family
8. Full Healing and Restoration (Specific family members and friends)
9. Open Doors
– Remember your reason/reasons
– Spend special time praying, meditating, and in quiet time lifting these things up to the Lord.
Be blessed as your fun begins in celebrating Jesus and accelerating His Kingdom through your obedience to His word!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire