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Lord God, we need Your mercy. Help us humble ourselves in fasting before You.

For more than 40 years, Intercessors for America has been a part of calling the Church to fast and pray on the First Friday of the month. We will never know—this side of heaven—the countless blessings we have received and the multitude of tragedies we have been protected from as a result of these prayers.

In addition to this ongoing, monthly day of fasting, we are calling on you to join us in special fasting surrounding the midterm election. We sense an urgency to encourage this community to join in unity around fasting and prayer for this nation in a special way at this time.

Scriptural Help for Fasting

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And every- one who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perish- able crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:24-27).

“But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly” (Matt. 6:17).

Fasting is to the Christian life what training is to an athlete. Just as there are different levels of physical discipline (e.g., proper diet and exercise regimen) as the runner gets close to race day, so we must go beyond our usual limits to gain a deeper level of spiritual intimacy with God or to experience victory in a particular battleground area of life.

In the athletic arena, faithful commitment to the training schedule may make the difference between winning and losing. Similarly, fasting is a spiritual discipline that precedes the rigors of a spiritual battle and may well decide its outcome.

Fasting will unlock spiritual power in your life like no other discipline. It brings the flesh into subjection, provides a heightened spiritual sensitivity in praying, and facilitates hearing the inner voice of the Holy Spirit as He illuminates portions of God’s Word.

“Fasting will unlock spiritual power in your life like no other discipline.”

Fasting is a neglected spiritual tool, yet it is found throughout the Bible. Jesus assumes His followers will fast when He says, “When you fast…” (not “If…”). He transitioned from being filled with the Holy Spirit to moving in the power of the Spirit that resulted in the Gospel going forth in great measure after His 40-day fast in the wilderness (Luke 4:14). And, at a critical decision-making time in the early Church, prophets and teachers at Antioch fasted and prayed before the Lord and heard clearly how to proceed (see Acts 13:1-4). In the same way, when Paul and Barnabas ordained elders in the newest local churches, they “prayed with fasting … [and] commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed” (Acts 14:23).

Indeed, all the men and women used mightily by God in fulfilling their callings—those cited in the Bible and known from Church history— have been active in the self-denial of regular, serious fasting.

What should I fast?

Fasting has been defined many ways. It can be as loose as denying yourself something (e.g., no TV) to denying yourself certain types of food, then to all food, and even to all food and water. Many who fast regularly testify to finding the most power in fasting from food altogether for shorter periods of times or certain types of food (as in a Daniel fast) for a longer time.

With fasting, the emphasis is not only on what you omit, but also on the positive spiritual activities you embrace. For example, you might take the time normally spent eating and instead, read Scripture, pray, or spend time in praise and worship. If you keep a journal or notebook, you will discover that regular fasting brings adjustments to your spiritual life, usually seen in three specific areas.

Fasting Changes You.

Note Galatians 5:17 (NIV), “For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.” It is during times of fasting that you are able to push down the desires of your flesh and allow the power of the Holy Spirit to rise up in you.

Derek Prince wrote, “The body makes a wonderful servant but a terrible master.”

Fasting is an accelerant to God’s activity in your life. It is a trigger for releasing supernatural power and a fulcrum for the work of the Holy Spirit. God can and will accomplish exponentially more in and through you as a result of your fasting and praying than in your life under normal circumstances.

Fasting Changes Your Circumstances.

Isaiah 58 is the most detailed chapter on fasting in the Bible. It is where the Lord speaks of true fasting, which He calls “the fast that I have chosen.” We recommend taking time to study the chapter in detail. In doing so, you will find there are at least 12 specific areas that focus on fasting and its motivation that God recognizes and honors.

For example, in verse 6, He says a properly motivated fast will “untie the cords of the yoke.” If you feel you are not experiencing all that God has for you, you may well find release through a period of fasting. We read in verse 8, “Then your light will break forth like the dawn…”

Perhaps you need a spiritual breakthrough; if so, fasting might accelerate your discovery of God’s next step forward.

Fasting Changes History.

Many times in Scripture the direction of a group of people changed when they fasted. Jonah is a great example. In the book named for him, we read about Nineveh, a city that was about to come under God’s judgment. The inhabitants repented and fasted. Verse 3:10 says, “When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, He relented and did not bring on them the destruction He had threatened.” Fasting releases humility in people’s lives, and God’s mercy often follows.

Most importantly, work to establish a lifestyle of regular fasting. You will never regret doing so, as it could be exactly what the Lord desires to use in your life to unlock the next phase of spiritual growth. Fasting may release an answer to a serious life question you are pondering or reveal your calling and launch you into your life’s purpose. Or fasting could be what the Lord is waiting for you to do to release a revival in your community. You will not know until you try. It is rare to experience a “result” of fasting during the fast, but there is almost always some type of change after the fasting period, quite likely a spiritual advancement that you could not have realized without fasting.

Will you ask the Lord to show You how to fast for the next week with us? The problems America faces need spiritual answers. Let’s see the Lord together for those answers.

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CSStevens
November 6, 2022

The color RED-the love & blood of Jesus over the United States of America & individuals
The color WHITE-the holiness of the LORD, the surrender of people to Jesus, the purifying of our sins as a nation
The color BLUE-the revelation, the grace, the faith of the LORD to every individual in the Untied States of America
The color GOLD-to the glory & victory of our LORD! All in Jesus Name.

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Donna Mifsud
November 3, 2022

I tried to receive the book on fasting . It wouldn’t work once I put in my info.

Santos Garcia, Jr.
November 2, 2022

AMEN! An excellent article that covers the basics of “The Joy of Fasting…”.

Our Father in Heaven, guide our prayers and spiritual disciplines to join with You in Your Holy efforts to transform our nation, our individual lives, our loved ones, and our wayward planet… according to Your Holy Will.

https://zionsgate.wordpress.com/2007/07/01/the-joy-of-fasting-discipline-deliverance-and-delight/

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Lisa Townsend
November 2, 2022

We are fasting
I’ve called our Louisiana and local prayer groups to fast and pray

Mary Riggins
November 2, 2022

I have been fasting specific things since the middle of August. I have dedicated time through election day, now I will complete this fast with the Esther fast. I have had a great burden for our country for the past 2 years. This is timely and I thank IFA and Dave Kubal for orchestrating this.
I have children and grandchildren; I have never seen a time when such evil abounds in our country. It threatens not only my loved ones but families in our country and the world.
I have set aside time from sundown Saturday until sundown Tuesday to join others in fasting for our land. “Who knows whether you (we) have come to the kingdom for such a time as this.” Esther 4:14

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NanJohnson
November 2, 2022

Also we outnumber the opposition. If we band together, fear not, stand strong and speak the truth we will have VICTORY !!! It takes all of us together. Fast, read the Word, and pray; then vote 🗳 together. Can be done.

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NanJohnson
November 2, 2022

Will be fasting as God leads me. It takes effort and time for our faith to grow stronger and more effective. Spiritual work is needed in the form of Bible study, prayer, and fasting for God’s will and way to manifest itself. Seeking God’s will cannot be taken lightly. Nan This is the voice of experience being shared. 🥰 Hope it’s helpful.

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Marsha Carol Watson Gandy
November 1, 2022

We read in GOD’s holy word that some battles are so strong that the yokes that hinder a breakthrough can only be broken by PRAY AND FASTING…..

HEAVENLY FATHER, give Your People a burden for America and her survival—Move the hearts of Your People to fast and pray for the upcoming election on November 8th…..The election is on a full moon, and that will make the warfare more intense. Speak to Your People, Heavenly Father, that they/We will be Strengthened to Fast and Pray to see a GREAT VICTORY for the United States of America………

We are currently “On the Titanic——and We Must NOT Sink….”

I pray this prayer as humbly as I know how, HEAVENLY FATHER, in the name of my Savior and my LORD, JESUS CHRIST. Amen and Amen

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Darlene Estlow
November 1, 2022

Thank you for this article. I do not like fasting, but I know it is important and an act of obedience.

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Caroline Jumper
November 1, 2022

Asking the Lord how he wants me to fast, thank you!!

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    Roxanne Rice
    November 1, 2022

    Hi Caroline,. I have difficulty fasting because of health issues, so I often take communion instead. I find this deeply meaningful, though I’m not sure whether it has the same effect as fasting.

Elizabeth O
November 1, 2022

I stand in agreement that the seeds that were sowed during that Policy and Prayer Conference will be released into a hundred-fold harvest according to the word of the Lord. Break up your unplowed ground and do no sow among thorns, circumcise yourselves to the Lord, circumcise your hearts you men of Judah and people of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 4:3-4)
Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and shower righteousness on you (Hosea 10:12)

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Imelda Blanco
November 1, 2022

While in Washington DC for the Policy & Prayer. God wrote through me on 10/26/2022 this “ Fast & Pray till & through the elections. For the seeds y’all planted need to come to pass so consecrate y’all’s selves so that y’all can prophecy my Will into the earthly realm, DONE!
Father God I shared with some at the meetings & they came into agreement. You told me to fast ftom food till noon and pray The Lord’s Prayer. So I’m the name of our mighty Jesus I decree & declare YOUR WILL is DONE for AMERICA!!

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Rene
November 1, 2022

Yes, I will fast this Friday for our elections! Thank you for a great article on fasting.

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Deb Burow
November 1, 2022

The power of fasting can’t be overemphasized to gain victory. Remember you do it in God‘s strength not yours. Use that full armor of God, and that shield of faith, to crush ALL those furry missiles of the enemy that say you have to eat when you’re trying to fast. Use that shield of faith. God will crush the longings for food. And you’ll be able to continue with the fast. The devil is a liar. You can do all things in the power of Almighty God. The devil wants you to eat, when God wants you to fast. God knows the blessings and the power that comes from the fast, and so does the devil. Move forward , and always do it in God’s power. Not your own.

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Rich
November 1, 2022

I needed to read this today! A discipline that I have not participated in some time. I will make it a priority and seek to do so routinely moving forward. Praying for our nation, for the Lord to raise up leaders who will seek His wisdom & follow His commands. In Jesus name, amen!

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Kim
November 1, 2022

From a medical perspective, fasting causes the body concentrate on locating and ridding itself of damaged cells, allowing the body to heal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KzyoEFgQec From a faith perspective, fasting allows us to do the same.

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Joy P
November 1, 2022

Amen!

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Vera
November 1, 2022

May every follower of Xi join in this time of fasting (to the extent and in the manner they are led) to SEEK the Lord for this coming election. Let us join in this together.

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    Rene
    November 1, 2022

    Who is XI? We follow Jesus and Him only.

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      Vonya Planchon
      November 1, 2022

      Possibly referring to those under Chinese Leader Xi? Many Christians living underground in China.

        Valerie Gibbs
        November 1, 2022

        X or Xst or Xi may be using some Greek letters to refer simply to Christ.
        I often write Xst for Christ, and Xn for Christian, not sacrilegious, beginning letters in Greek: just listen n pray with heart, guys :)!

Mary D
November 1, 2022

We Desperately need to acknowledge every component in 2 Ch.7:14-15. God spells it out. We need to have a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer as was done 800 some times until 1918. Governors, Congress, Presidents, including Washington and Lincoln and other National figures called the Nation during dark, despairing, critical times in our history and God had mercy! It was NOT JUST PRAYING, NOR JUST FASTING AND PRAYING. BUT JOINING THOSE THINGS WHILE COMING TOGETHER IN HUMILITY TO CRY OUT and seek Gods face! Even after 911, no National Day of Repentance was called for. We prayed in Remembrance and sorrow but there was no call from a National Call from a leader, Governmental or Christian leader that called for this after God sent a warning shot across our bow!
I ask that God would put this on the hearts of our National Leaders in both the Government and the Church. We should be encouraged, seeing so many of us gathered at the Mall in Washington DC and participating onlineSeptember of 2020 to cry out during the Return and how God heard We need to do this! We must do this! Lord Hear our Prayer! We are Desperate! It’s God’s Instruction for a Nation’s Healing.
If You are a National leader or if you have influence with any, please consider sending a request to consider!

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Cynthia Weatherwax
November 1, 2022

Recently, our church was given a tough message on loving one another and praying for one another as Jesus commanded us to do. Praise God we as a congregation repented from not walking in the love of Christ towards our fellow brothers and sisters and loving our enemies and praying for them. As we join in this prayer and fast movement may we examine ourselves as 2 Chronicles 7:14=15 says along with Isaiah 58 revealing thr heart ♥ of God. Praise be to You Lord! Let go!!!!

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Arleen
November 1, 2022

i will be fasting and praying as a breakthrough in our country is much needed especially at this crucial election time. We are at such a critical standpoint but our eyes must remain on Jesus and only Him.

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Rebecca
November 1, 2022

Oooo-kaayy! Yes! I can get behind fasting with you for the country!! Amen! I agree with you all in prayer!

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