Day 2 | Prayer & Fasting

Pastor Andrew Owen

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Day 2
Prayer & Fasting
We really mean it!

“So we fasted and besought our God for this, and He listened to our entreaty”
Ezra 8:23
‘Fasting is calculated to give an edge to a man’s intercessions and power to his petitions. Heaven is ready to bend its ear to listen when someone prays with fasting’
Arthur Wallis
The Bible teaches that there are many different kinds of prayers, all of them important, all of them full of promise.
Yet, there are some kinds of prayers specifically designed to get breakthroughs where other prayers couldn’t.
Over the years I have thought about this. Does God think one prayer of more importance than another?
For sure, this prayer with fasting in Ezra 8:23 got a result.
And then when we come to the New Testament fasting was clearly seen as a channel of power. Jesus taught that certain kinds of demonic strongholds could only be shifted with prayer and fasting. Daniel found that fasting and prayer brought in the involvement of angelic forces against dark forces and received profound revelation at the same time.
To be clear fasting is doing without food, either partially or fully, and can for a shorter period of time do without water also.
It’s not doing without TV, or your favourite movies.
There is a place for doing without things, but that isn’t what fasting is. When we get a grip on our appetites and focus entirely in God’s direction, it’s like saying the hunger in my heart for you God, is greater than the hunger in my stomach. Then God knows we mean business – we are getting serious. Consequently, so does He.Prayer is often more than a request. It’s wrestling with unseen forces, it’s warfare and it’s a battle.When there are things so stuck in our lives, circumstances or situations, they are more than problems they are strongholds, and just like the song says, “strongholds come tumbling down”, particularly when we pray and fast.

For us as a church in the city and region we need to see strongholds break. We need to be thousands, not hundreds into a thousand. Yet, no one has ever seen that here before, for centuries at least. What is keeping the lid on big breakthroughs? What keeps your loved ones away from God? What keeps you from getting that breakthrough in healing or financial provision?
The secret lies in heaven, but heaven is looking for a conduit into this earth. Praying and fasting people often become that conduit, the landing strip for God to move

Use this week to get your personal breakthroughs and let’s get every ceiling on our church life broken.
More souls
More people
More resources
More boldness
More manifest power


  • Pray that God would break the limits on your life
  • Pray that God would break the limits in our thinking
  • Pray that God would break the limits in our city
  • Pray that God would break the limits in our resources
  • Pray that God would break the limits on our expectations
“Ask of Me and I will give you the nations for your inheritance, the ends of the earth for your possessions”
Psalm 2:8
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly ABUNDANTLY ABOVE all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”
Ephesians 3:20

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