The 21 Day Prayer and Fasting Program

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As we begin this new year, let’s make it our priority to humble ourselves before the Lord in corporate prayer and fasting. This allows us to remove the noise and distraction that so easily drowns out God’s voice and leading in our lives. Isaiah 58:6 “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burden and to let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke?”

Deep prayer leads to repentance and a heart that is singularly focused on pleasing and serving God. Extended fasting humbles our flesh and reveals the things we are enslaved to and distracted by.
James 4.7-10 “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor” (NLT).

Most churches begin the year with a lengthy fast.
1. Living Faith Church aka Winner’s Chapel commences their 21 day prayer and fasting 9th (Monday) January and ends 29th (Sunday) January, 2017. Click HERE to view the Winner’s Chapel’s epistle for the Prayer and Fasting.
2. Redeemed Christian Church of God undertake their 40 day prayer and fasting from 11th January (Wednesday) to February 19th (Sunday). Download RCCG guidelines for the Prayer and Fasting HERE.
3. Salvation Ministries start their 21 day prayer and fasting on the 2nd (Monday) and end 22nd (Sunday) January 2017.
4. Dominion City commences their 21 day prayer and fasting 9th (Monday) January and ends 29th (Sunday) January, 2017.

Other churches have their own duration just as a guide but individually, you could draft a period for yourself to fast and pray earnestly for a change of story.

Remember, fasting is a natural discipline that can bring supernatural results.
The Bible is filled with people that prayed and fasted………
Moses (Exodus 34:28)
Elijah (1 Kings 19:8)
Esther (Esther 4:6)
Ezra (Ezra 8:21)
David (2 Samuel 12:16)
Daniel (Daniel 9:3-5)
Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1:4)
Paul (Acts 14:23)
Samuel (1 Samuel 7:6)
even Jesus (Matthew 4:2)…fasted .

The best way to humble ourselves is to combine deep prayer with extended fasting.
We accomplish this in multiple ways:
1. Fasting Food: A major part of this spiritual activity is fasting from food. By not eating we allow our physical hunger to reveal our spiritual need for Jesus, who is the Bread of Life. It is advisable to fast from 12am till 6pm (3pm if you cant make 6pm) and break with the communion.
2. The Off Button: Watching TV and movies, surfing the web, chatting on social media should be to the barest minimum. By doing this we give new room and focus to the leading of God in our lives.
3. Deep Prayer and Repentance: By giving time to prayer and listening, God will do the deep heart surgery required to bring lasting change and renewed focus.
4. Extended Reading and Study of the Bible: Taking in large amounts of God’s word bring faith and a deeper awareness of God’s working in and through our daily lives.

God bless you……..

Importance Of Fasting and Prayer

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The 21 days prayer and fasting of Winners Chapel and the 50 days prayer and fasting of The Redeemed Christian Church of God commenced today. From Monday, 11th January till Sunday, 31st January the Winners family worldwide will be engaging themselves personally in a prayer and fasting session daily. Every Winner is expected to break their fast with a communion at the various Zonal Fellowship Centers, Monday to Friday – 6-8 pm and on Saturday at our Winners’ Satellite Fellowship Centres – 5-6 pm.

The 50 day fasting and prayer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God is expected to last till the end on 29 February. Every true and committed member of the church is expected to observe the 50-day fasting and prayer this year.

For prayer points, click HERE to download the prayer points for each.

 

WHY PRAY?
Praying to our Heavenly Father, in the Name of Jesus Christ, using God’s Holy Word (scripture) in prayer is the most powerful thing we can do for ourselves and others. The heart of prayer is the will of our Heavenly Father. Part of that will is simply coming to Him. He desires us, as His dear children to know Him. He desires your love, your attention, your fellowship (more than just being related to Him through Jesus), He also desires a time of communion, an intimate time of personal exchange and involvement, and finally a release of His will and manifest Presence in the earth through prayer. Prayerlessness is a sin according to 1 Sam. 12:23

 

HOW TO PRAY by Bishop Thomas Aremu:
1. Repent from any known sin, God heareth no sinner. The praying vessel must repent from any known sin.
2. You must approach the throne of grace with a forgiving heart. Go there with a Heart that has forgiven all.
3. Go before Him joyfully. You don’t go before God mournfully, otherwise you return empty.
4. Pray with the Word. Dialogue with God on the basis of His Word. If God will not hear your voice, He will hear the voice of His words. (See 1 John 5:14-15)
5. Pray with faith. (Anything done without faith is sin. Romans 14:23B)
6. Pray with desperation: Heaven is too busy to be attending to casual prayers.
7. Pray with expectations. Proverbs 23:18

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WHAT IS FASTING?
As Christians, we fast which means to abstain from physical nourishment (food and/or water) for a particular period of time. We do this in order to concentrate on the Lord or to obtain a response to a particular matter. Biblical fasting involves confession of sins, weeping and mourning in the process of praying whilst making our request known to God. In Matthew 6 vs 16—18, Jesus himself, gives clear instructions to believers regarding fasting. In Matthew 4 v 2, we see that Jesus, himself, fasted. According to 2 Corinthians 6 vs 4—6, fasting must be part of the lifestyle of a practicing Christian.

 
WHY SHOULD WE FAST?
1. Because Christ Expects it of Christians: Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:16-18 are not words of a command. He does not tell us that we have to fast. However, He expects that we will. He said, “when you fast…” He was making an assumption that a Christian would fast. Moreover, when He said these words He followed it with a bit of explanation that a fast should be personal and private. Your focus should be on your relationship with God and not on letting the world know you are fasting.
2. For Guidance: And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed. (Acts 14:23) We see in the above verse that Paul fasted about some decisions he made in leading the churches he started. The Israelites sought the Lord through fasting when they had been defeated in battle by the tribe of Benjamin. They were asking for guidance on what they should do and how to proceed (Judges 20:26-28).
3. For Intensity in Prayer: Ezra prayed for God’s protection over his countrymen as they journeyed back to Jerusalem. He could have entreated the king for soldiers and cavalrymen, but he had already proclaimed that God would care for them. Now he was asking God to show Himself strong on behalf of the Israelites and to help raise a good testimony before the enemy (Ezra 8:21-23).
4. To Show Humility in the Presence of God: The man after God’s own heart, King David, said that he fasted for the purpose of humbling himself before God (Psalm 35:13). He certainly seems to be the person who could have walked into the throne room of God and made his request boldly as we are invited to do in Hebrews 4:16. There is a difference between boldness and arrogance. David knew how to humble himself in prayer through fasting.
5. For Worship: “… fasting without the right attitude does not touch the heart of God.” Along with humility before God, fasting can be a way to worship God. David said in Psalm 51 that God is more interested in a humble and contrite heart than He is in fasting and sacrifices. This is not saying that we don’t need to fast; rather, it is saying that fasting without the right attitude does not touch the heart of God.
6. For Spiritual Strength: While Jesus faced the temptation of Satan, He fasted for 40 days. There is a principle of spiritual strength that is demonstrated in fasting in the life of Christ (Luke 4:1-11). Mark 9:29 shows that the disciples needed a power from God that comes only through fasting. Matthew 17:20 and 21 say that fasting and prayer coupled with faith in God can work spiritual miracles.

 

TYPES OF FAST:
1. Daniel Fast: No meat, sweet foods, or strong drinks (see Daniel 10:2-3). This can be done for an extended period of time, this could also be considered a vegetarian diet because there is no meat intake.
2. Partial Fast: This would be not eating one main meal you would usually eat on a daily routine, such as breakfast, or lunch, or dinner. This meal
would be skipped until the fast was over.
3. Complete Fast: This would require you to abstain from all solid foods, liquids only. When Jesus fasted in the desert, the Bible says, “After fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry.” This verse does not mention Jesus being thirsty. (see Luke 4:1-2)
4. Total Fast: This is a full and complete fast, no food or drink. Acts 9:9 describes when Paul went on a full fast for three days following his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. Esther also called for this type of fast in Esther 4:15-16. This type of fast should be done with extreme caution and not for extended periods of time.
5. Juice Fast: This is a fast where only fresh fruits and vegetables are juiced in a juicer. If you can’t juice your own fruits or veggies try buying juices without sugar or additives. When using fruits that are acidic, such as lemons, oranges, and even tomatoes dilute them with water for your stomachs sake.

NOTE: Total fast is recommended but complete fast is advised. Be wise.

 
LENGTHS OF FAST:
1. Half Day: This is the typical fasting which commences from 6am to 6pm. However, food intake is not allowed from anytime between 12am and 6am when the fast commences. see Judges 20:26, Acts 10:30.
2. Afternoon fast: This fast is usually from 6 am to 12 noon (for children and nursing mothers) or 3 pm (for people who can’t go till 6 pm).
3. One Day
4. Three Days: see Acts 9:9, Esther 4:15-16
5. Seven Days: see 1 Samuel 31:13
6. Fourteen Days: see Acts 27:33
7. Twenty One Days: see Daniel 10:3
8. Forty Days: see 1 Kings 19:8, Luke 4:1-2
The length of the fast should be dependent on three factors – 1. Your health, 2) God’s leading, and 3) Type of fast.

NOTE: Half day is recommended but afternoon fast is advised for children, nursing mothers and those that can’t make it till 6 pm. Use wisdom and please don’t kill yourself.

 
TEN GUIDELINES TO FASTING:
1. Starving: The difference between fasting and starving is spirituality. It indicates “fasting and prayer” not just “fasting”. Fasting alonbe without studying the word of God and prayer is starvation in disguise.
2. Plan Your Fast: For this fast, we are advised to observe total fast for half day.
3. Tell Only the People You Must: Your spouse will need to know you are fasting. Beyond that, you would be better off not telling many people that you are fasting. Fasting is meant to be a private act between us and God. We are warned by Jesus Himself not to be proud of or boast to others that we are fasting in the hope they will think we are ‘spiritual’ and close to God (Matthew 6:16 – 18).
4. Avoid Media: Disconnecting from TV, radio, newspapers and the Internet can help you stay focused on your purpose for fasting. You will be less tempted by the constant bombardment of advertising as you become physically and emotionally challenged. Avoiding media will give you more time to focus on the Lord and His Word.
5. Disconnect from people: Fasting is not necessarily a vacation, though dedicating time off and away from people during your fast can help you get the most benefit out of this precious time.
6. Beware of Your Emotions: Some people experience vast mood swings during a fast. One moment they are totally focused on God and the next they are wallowing in pity. Knowing that this is likely to happen will help you react properly. Learning to refocus on God and His goodness during this tough emotional time will help when your fast is over and you experience similar emotions.
7. Rest: Laziness is a problem that the Bible speaks against, but most of us today suffer from being too busy and not getting the rest we need. If you disconnect from the media and other people you will have extra time allowing you to get a full night’s sleep. During your fast you will be forced to slow down since you won’t be needing long meal breaks. A fast will reveal to you that you have too many activities and busyness in your day-to-day routine.
8. Stay Physically Active: You should take time to rest but this does not mean you should do nothing. Enjoy a walk in God’s creation. Outside of His Word, His creation is one of the best ways that God has revealed Himself to us.
9. Be Still and Focus on God: Fasting is a time to study God’s Word, meditate and pray. To help with this, plan a specific Bible passage or topic you want to study during your fast. Look for verses you want to memorize and meditate upon. Fasting by Jesus and the disciples was always accompanied by prayer. Spend time talking to God and allowing Him to reveal Himself to you in His Word.
10. After breaking your fast each day: The picture below explains what and what not to eat after breaking your fast.

FASTING

 

PHYSICAL CONSEQUENCES OF FASTING:
1. Hunger: One could go a full day without eating but as soon as you make up your mind to fast, that’s when your nostrils would pick up scents of food from a mile away. The devil is a liar so please resist him and he will flee.
2. Weight loss: as a result of lack of food intake (good news for those thinking of shedding some weight but not so much good news for people like me)
3. Saves money: Helps save money which could have been spent buying food.
4. Increases giving: Money saved not eating should be spent on the needy.
5. Body reaction: Your body will respond to the fact that you are eating less in terms of salt, sugar, carbohydrates and proteins. You are likely to feel weak, hungry, nauseous and irritable. You may find it difficult to absorb information mentally. This is all part of the internal processing of your body as it breaks up toxins. These toxins will be released from the body via sweating/increase in body odour; Urine becomes darker in colour; Tongue becomes darker; Bad breath; Acne; Increase in mucous from the nose; Constipation—Drinking prune juice/herb teas is helpful; Cold hands or feet. All the above are a normal reaction to the fast.
Lastly, as you fast, may your all your heart desires be met in Jesus Name. AMEN.

 
REFERENCES:
1. http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/7-good-reasons-christians-should-fast/
2. http://www.biblestudy.org/basicart/what-is-fasting-and-why-should-we-do-it.html
3. http://ruachcitychurch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/FASTING-PRAYER-GUIDELINES-1-week.pdf
4. http://www.lighthouseassembly.tv/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/21-Day-Devotional-FASTING-and-PRAYER-GUIDE.pdf

The Two Biggest Church Conventions On Earth

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The biggest annual church conventions on Earth namely The Redeemed Christian Church of God’s Holy Ghost Congress 2015 titled “Floodgates of Heaven” and Winner’s Chapel’s SHILOH 2015 titled “From Glory to Glory” both commenced on the 7th and the 8th of December 2015 respectively. Both events are attended by millions from around the World and viewed online from over 150 countries worldwide. Tune in to any of both power packed programs and watch God change your levels forever.

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Message from Pastor E.A Adeboye concerning the Congress:
This is not just another Congress. If you ever wanted a breakthrough, your time is now in this the 18th since its inception in 1998. The Lord is set to open the floodgates of love, healing, joy and anointing unto you like never before so comes with great expectations and your life will never remain the same again.

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Message from Bishop David Oyedepo concerning SHILOH 2015:
Shiloh is not a church congress or a special programme of the church. Shiloh is a prophetic convocation of the Winners Family Worldwide ordained for the advancement of God’s people both as individuals and as a commission. Shiloh 2015 shall be the platform for the birth of giants and you shall transcend from a level of glory to a higher level of GLORY (2 Corinthians 3:18). Come expectant

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More info on SHILOH:
VENUE: Faith Tabernacle, Km 10 Idiroko Road, Ota, Ogun State or the nearest Winner’s Chapel to you.
SHOWING TIMES:
Morning: 6am to 11am
Evening: 7pm to 10pm
ONLINE (VIDEO): www.faithtabernacle.org.ng
ONLINE (AUDIO): www.media.davidoyedepoministries.org

Extra: For news on anything Winners chapel, visit http://livingfaithmedia.blogspot.com.ng/

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More info on Holy Ghost Congress:
VENUE: Redemption Camp, Km 46 Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, Mowe, Ogun State.
SHOWING TIMES:
Morning: 9am to 12pm
Evening: 6pm to 12am
ON DSTV: DOVE TV, Channel 349
ONLINE (VIDEO AND AUDIO): www.congress.rccg.org

President Goodluck Jonathan’s Message To Bishop David Oyedepo As He Turns 60 Today

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Bishop David Oyedepo popularly referred to as Papa by millions of followers, his children and fans marks his 60th birthday today. He is the founder and presiding bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners Chapel) boasting no fewer than 6000 branches and its 50,000-capacity Church Sanctuary (Faith Tabernacle) in Canaanland, Ota, Ogun State is listed as the largest church auditorium by Guinness Book of Records, he is indeed an institution. He is one of the most celebrated preachers in Africa if not in the World and is rated the wealthiest preacher in Nigeria by Forbes magazine.
A native of Omu-Aran, Kwara State, Bishop Oyedepo was born in Osogbo, Osun State on September 27, 1954 to Ibrahim, a Muslim healer and Dorcas, a member of the Eternal Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim (C&S) Movement Church. He was raised by his grandmother in Osogbo. Bishop David Oyedepo’s massive accomplishments as a devoted servant of God and his immense contributions to the education of Nigerian children has gone almost unrivaled with the establishment of 2 Universities and counting (Covenant University in Ogun State (my alma mater) and Landmark University, Kwara State) and over 300 Primary and Secondary schools nationwide.

In a letter written to congratulate Bishop David Oyedepo on his 60th birthday today, President Jonathan declared that Bishop Oyedepo’s life was “truly worthy of celebration”. “I write on behalf of my family, the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to rejoice with you as you mark your milestone 60th birthday anniversary. “Yours is, indeed, a life truly worthy of celebration. You have attained lofty heights not just as an accomplished selfless servant of God, but also in the committed service of community, country, and our common humanity. “You have not only committed to giving your all in pursuit of the massively impactful propagation of the Word, you have also embraced the cause of providing quality education for our children. “As Almighty God continues to bless you with robust health and many more years of happiness, uncommon accomplishment, and fulfilling service, it is my prayer that you will continue to partner with us in our quest to reposition Nigeria for peace, progress and prosperity,” President Jonathan wrote.

A great man is a year older today and on behalf of all Covenant University students/graduates, Winners Chapel members, his mentees, those that look up to him and those he has blessed with his ministry, we wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sir. May Divine blessing, strength, vitality, prosperity, buoyancy, youthfulness continually dwell with you. WE LOVE YOU.

Read Further:

Beifoh Osewele’s interview with Bishop David Oyedepo for The Sun Newspapers on his birthday

President Goodluck Jonathan’s birhtday message to Bishop David Oyedepo on his birthday

Prophetic Instructions From Bishop David Oyedepo

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I attended Winners Chapel’s midweek service today (18/06/14) and was tuned in via satellite to a live broadcast from Canaanland.
Bishop David Oyedepo ministered and gave various instructions that he told us to share with everyone via phone calls, sms, email, bbm and any means possible. So this is me obeying the instructions of my father in the Lord. Below are instructions delivered to us by God through Bishop David Oyedepo.

 

Instructions From Bishop Oyedepo (Papa):

The months of June and July indicates the midst of the year and this is the most critical part of the year. It is a season set apart to work for the Lord and it should be taken as the most spiritual time of your life. This period is our greatest season of opportunity; our prophetic season of opportunity. The midst of the year is the climax until Shiloh.

1. From now till the end of July should be taken as the most spiritual period of the year thus far.

2. A pamphlet was given out at the start of the year with prophetic declarations for the year. Study that pamphlet, put yourself in every declaration, read it loud to yourself and prophecy it into your life.

3. Every one must engage in the oil of destiny. This oil will destroy every enemy of your destiny. So therefore:

A. Anoint your homes and offices or business areas with the anointing oil (once).

B. Every morning when you wake up, anoint your forehead with the anointing oil before you set out to work or business (daily).

C. Every evening before you retire to bed, anoint your forehead and take a shot of the anointing oil (daily).

This is a prophetic instruction and should not be taken lightly. Take this very seriously because only a serious approach glorious result.

 

TESTIMONY & PROPHESY:
In the words of Bishop Oyedepo.
“This is one of the most humbling testimonies I have ever witnessed in my life. A man was called and told to come somewhere for a talk the next day. He left home in an okada. As he got back from where he went to, his children came out with umbrella to shield this father from the rain because it was drizzling only to see the same father that left in an okada arrive in a brand new jeep with an official driver. By the time I was speaking with him, he was about flying out in a private plane with his boss. Mind you this happened without him submitting application anywhere, there was no interview. There was no prophecy. This just happened from nowhere. I have never seen things happen this fast and unexpectedly in my life before.
This is our year of strange works and strange acts. As God did it for this man, God will give you this kind of unbelievable and sudden testimony this week in Jesus Name”.

 

Boko Haram TESTIMONY & PROPHECY:

On the 15th of June (sunday morning before service commenced), bombs were found on the premises and inside the Living Faith Church (a.k.a Winners Chapel), Port Harcourt Road, Owerri, capital city of Imo State. For more info: http://nigeriantimes.ng/news/bomb-explosion-rocks-owerri-winners-chapel/

Bishop Oyedepo led the church in a thanksgiving prayer for saving the lives of souls in the church and attributed the victory over Boko Haram to God through “the prayer of the faithful”. He said the battle line has been drawn and then prophesied backed by the Word of God in 2 Corinthians 20:22 that before the next of this week, Boko Haram will start fighting themselves. He added that there shall be waves upon waves of Divine judgment in their camp. They will shoot and kill themselves in Jesus Name.

Please, please and please. Share this with every Winners Chapel member you know and every Christian in general. Its an instruction from Papa and this is me doing my part. Please do yours.

Exceeding Grace, Strange Works. Strange Acts, Exceeding Grace & that’s our portion in Jesus Name, AMEN.

God bless you.