New Hope Diamond Head 21 Day Fasting Challenge for 2011

Starting on the Sunset of Sunday April 3 until the sunrise of April 24 (Easter Sunday), New Hope Diamond Head will be fasting and praying. Join us as we open doors to a deeper, more intimate, and more powerful relationship with God! Please check our blog archive on the right column and read other blog entries from last year's fast challenge.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Jesus referred to prayer and fasting as a key to unlock the lack of victory in our lives:
  • Have you ever felt like your prayers are fruitless and not heard?
  • Have you ever prayed to God to set you free from a bad habit and you continue experiencing defeat?
  • Have you ever prayed that the Lord will open the blind eyes of your loved ones that continue away from the Lord and you feel frustrated because they do not change their stubborn ways?
  • Have you ever prayed about a breakthrough in your life and loose hope because the miracle didn’t happen?
The Bible gives us an answer to such questions. In the Scripture we will find out that Jesus refers to prayer and fasting as a powerful key to bring freedom and victory.

In three different Gospels (Matthew 17, Mark 9 and Luke 9) the Scripture points out an incident in which a father was very troubled because a demonic spirit was oppressing his son. The boy, probably a young teenager was deaf and mute, and also was having recurrent seizures. The demon exercised such stronghold in this boy’s life that he would cause the boy to commit suicide several times by causing self-injuries, or by throwing himself into the fire or into the water.

The troubled father hears about Jesus’ ministry and power to heal all kinds of diseases and brings his son to the Lord’s disciples. Jesus was not around, but the disciples prayed for the boy. Nothing happened. Questions came! The disciples were frustrated, the father was hopeless, and the boy continued suffering.

Then Jesus came to take matters in this situation. When sensing the presence of Jesus, the demon throws the boy into a seizure and foam comes out of the child’s mouth. Then, Jesus rebuked the demonic spirit with great authority by saying, “spirit of deafness and muteness, I command you to come out of this child and never enter him again.” The boy was immediately healed.

After the crowd was dismissed, the puzzled disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Why did our prayer didn’t work? We have done several successful prayers before when demons left? What happened this time?” Jesus answered,

“…this kind (of demonic oppression) does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
Matthew 17:14-21

There was a demonic being causing hurt in someone’s life and Jesus did not stood there relying in well intended but casual prayers. Jesus knows that there’s nothing impossible to God. Remember that while on earth, Jesus did not use His divine powers. All his miracles were a demonstration of the kind of the extraordinary things that ordinary people can do when they become men and women of the Kingdom of Heaven. In this incident, Jesus acted fully human—just like you and me. But Jesus trusted in the spiritual authority that the key of prayer combined with fasting entitles us to deliver those oppressed by the enemy and to set free those who are captive in the devil’s web.

Jesus practiced fasting and instructed his disciples to fast.

"But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day."
Mark 2:20

In the book of Acts the church practiced fasting in key moments. Paul writes to the Corinthians and tells them that he fasts regularly. Fasting is a normal part of our relationship with God!

1 comment:

  1. Another miracle! I didn't do the Daniel Fast for Lent but to ask God to help me make an important decision about whether to go to Mussoorie, India on this upcoming mission. The Father gave me the answer the next day when my mom in Oregon told me my dad wasn't doing well. I knew then that I had to go to Oregon and not on this upcoming mission. I also prayed for my dear friend who has diabetes and was on the verge on going on dialysis. I begged her to go with me to Keys of his Heart. We absorbed the soaking. Since then, she's lost 20 pounds of water! She was on 3 water pills and now she's on just one. Also her blood test thingy (don't know the technical term but it's where you prick your finger and test your blood). Hers is now 130 which is practially normal. It was 300!!


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