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Table of Contents
                            DEDICATION
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INTRODUCTION
PART I: GOD’S CALL TO PRAY AND FAST
	1: FASTING AND PRAYER ARE FOR THE CHURCH TODAY
	2: HOW FASTING AND PRAYER ARE LINKED
	3: THE SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE OF FASTING
	4: TEN BASIC PRINCIPLES OF PRAYER
	5: A TWENTY-ONE-DAY FAST FOR A BREAKTHROUGH IN HABITS
	7: PRACTICAL TIPS ABOUT FASTING
PART II: GOD’S PURPOSES FOR OUR FASTING AND PRAYING
	8: LOOSING THE BANDS OF WICKEDNESS
	9: UNDOING HEAVY BURDENS
	10: LETTING THE OPPRESSED GO FREE
	11: BREAKING EVERY YOKE
	12: FEEDING THE HUNGRY
	13: PROVIDING FOR THE POOR AND CLOTHING THE NAKED
	14: RESTORING FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS
	15: BRINGING HEALING SPEEDILY
	16: THE BREAKING FORTH OF LIGHT
	17: ESTABLISHING A PATH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
	18: THE REVEALING OF GOD’S GLORY
	19: A TURNING POINT FOR GOD’S “NEW THING”
	APPENDIX
                        
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Accompany your times of prayer with heavy doses of praise and thanksgiving
for who God is and what God has done and promised to do for you. Let me give
you some examples of praise and thanksgiving statements.

• “Heavenly Father, thank You for keeping me alive to this day. Thank
You that I haven’t died in my addiction [my bad habit, my obsession or
compulsion]. Thank You that You still have a purpose for my being on
this earth.”

• “Heavenly Father, thank You that You have led me to this time of
fasting and praying so that I might experience Your healing and
delivering power in a new way.”

• “Heavenly Father, thank You for providing for me all that I need.
Thank You for loving me, forgiving me, and healing me.”

• “I praise You, Lord, that You are my Savior and my Deliverer.”
• “I praise You, Lord, that You are my Healer.”
• “I praise You, Lord, that Your very nature is love and that You love me
with an everlasting love.”

• “I praise You, Lord, that You have made a way for me to live and that
You are the one who created me for health and wholeness, not an
addiction [a habit that you can’t change, compulsive behaviors, or
obsessive ideas].”

Pray for your own deliverance, asking the Lord, “Heavenly Father, please
deliver me from evil. Deliver me from these cravings and recurring ideas that I
can’t seem to overcome or control. Give me Your strength and Your power to
withstand the temptations that come to me. Deliver me!” Name your problem to
the Lord and voice your belief that God desires to deliver you, God is in the
process of delivering you, and that the mighty and incomparable Almighty God
will deliver you.

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UNDOING HEAVY BURDENS

Every person has difficult times in life. There’s no way of avoiding all problems,
and this is true for Christians as well as non-Christians. Job, probably the oldest
book in the Bible, says, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of
trouble” (14:1). People age. Storms come. Financial markets rise and fall.
Houses need to be refurbished over time and cars need to be fixed up or
replaced. At times, the problems become extreme.

The person who has a heavy burden feels weighed down by life’s problems.
He is often discouraged to the point of feeling depressed. Rather than feeling on
top of things, he feels under the gun, down in the depths, under stress.

Some of the foremost burdens in the natural realm of our lives are related to
financial debt. Others are related to taking on too many obligations to produce a
quality result in too little time . . . or taking on too many responsibilities for the
care of others. Still other burdens are related to poor health, perhaps a major
disease in a person’s own body or in the body of a loved one.

In the spirit realm, people often feel burdened out of concern for loved ones
who have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Not every burden we experience is of our own doing. Sometimes people or
circumstances place burdens upon us.

The Bible gives us an example of people who fasted when they were under a
heavy burden. The story is found in Ezra 8.

THE FAST CALLED BY EZRA
The book of Ezra tells the story of Jews who were traveling after years of

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and solely to hear from God. Use this time to see if God has something to say to
you. Go into a time of praying and fasting with a clean slate and no agenda.

Recognize that if God truly is calling you to establish a new ministry or work
for Him, you are going to face intense opposition. First and foremost, that
opposition will be spiritual. You will need to engage in spiritual warfare as never
before. Moses, Elijah, and Jesus each faced the most intense forms of spiritual
warfare.

Recognize that you will face your own weaknesses and frailties as never
before. You will be forced to confront your own humanity—perhaps your own
anger or discouragement, as did Moses and Elijah. You will be tempted, perhaps
most of all, not to obey the call of God into a new area of ministry.

Recognize that you likely will face some human opposition as well. People
will discourage you, question you, and perhaps even ridicule you.

Go into your fast with a commitment to:

• Make it your heart’s desire to obey God.
• Anticipate that you will face obstacles if God calls you to a
new thing. Set your heart to persevere until you’ve accomplished God’s
goal.

• Expect to come out of your fast with a clear blessing and a
clear direction from the Lord.

I have absolutely no doubt that if we will do our part in obeying and
persevering, God will act on our behalf and He will use us to accomplish His
purposes. God desires to pour out His delivering and healing power on you. God
desires to use you in ever-increasing ways to bring glory to His name and to
extend His kingdom.

Furthermore, the more you pray and fast, the more benefit you will find in
fasting and praying. The Lord will teach you more about praying and fasting as
you pray and fast.

Trust God to work in you mightily as you seek His face! In my life there is no
substitute for praying and fasting. I firmly believe you will come to that same
conclusion the more you pray and fast.

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APPENDIX

DAILY JOURNAL FOR A TWENTY-ONE-DAY
SEASON OF FASTING AND PRAYING

DAY of the Fast:
DATE:
Theme or Focus of the Day:
Bible Verse for the Day:
Specific Prayer for the Day:
Insights, Special Experiences, Ideas, or Other Notes about the Day:

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