I am so excited about the possibilities and opportunities that 2018 will present to us all. This is not because I’m blind to the challenges we face as a country and as a world, but rather because I believe in God’s faithfulness and in His ability to perform anything that He has promised. It’s also because I believe in the power of prayer to move mountains and to open up the doorways of destiny.
That is why at iCC we are going to start 2018 with 21 days of fasting and prayer from January 1st till the 21st. We are serious about the principles and the promise of Increase and want to set ourselves up for a year of collective growth and personal progress.
I am reminded of a story in the New Testament where the disciples of Jesus struggled to cast out a devil. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t deliver the young lad. Here is how the story ends:
Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. Matt 17:19-21
There you have it; there are some mountains (obstacles) that will not move until your faith is elevated through prayer and fasting. Fasting is a way of supercharging your faith, amplifying your prayers and accelerating your spiritual breakthroughs. By simply denying the demands of your flesh and yielding to the appetites of your spirit, you can access the power of heaven to change anything here on earth.
This is why many of our faith heroes fasted with their deepest prayers. Moses and Elijah each fasted for 40 days. Jesus likewise fasted for 40 days before starting his ministry to prepare himself for spiritual success and when Daniel needed some answers from God concerning the destiny of his people, he fasted for 21 days. By the end of his fast, all was revealed and an army of angels came to the rescue.
Fasting makes you spiritually sensitive, alert and aware so that your prayers will come from a place of elevated faith. It really does work! We are therefore inviting you to join us for the 21 day fast-forward as we seek to accelerate our spiritual breakthroughs and create a spiritual platform for the next wave of miracles.
NB: Fasting is total or partial abstinence from food for a defined period of time for the purpose of amplifying your prayers. It is very important that you continue to drink water while fasting. It is also important that you seek professional medical advice if you are on medication or have a condition which requires you to eat specific foods.
There are two ways to participate in the 21 day fast forward as follows:
- The first way is to register for our fasting chain. In the fasting chain, we are asking all participants to fast at least one day per week for three weeks. The fast lasts from 6.00am till 6.00pm every day. This means that you are free to break the fast in the evenings. You should let us know which days you intend to fast so that we can have a list of who is fasting on what days. The plan is to have every day covered by different people fasting every day.
- The second way to participate in the 21 day fast forward is to simply cut out your favorite foods for the whole 21 days. i.e. you may cut out meat, chicken, rice or bread for the whole 21 days. Some have found it useful to just eat vegetables while fasting in this way.
The purpose of fasting is to super charge your prayers. We are therefore going to super charge our prayers for 21 days as follows: In addition to our morning devotion at 6.00am, we are going to have an evening devotion at 6.00pm to break the fast each evening. Evening prayers will take place on the telephone using our normal prayer line and will last approximately 30 minutes. This is the most important aspect of the 21 day fast forward; it is to pray!
To your lasting success and significance
Bishop Wayne Malcolm