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January 2013

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Prayer And Fasting

By Lynette Davis

Matthew 17: 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

There was a story of two lumberjacks. One was quite a bit older than the other. And the younger lumberjack was somewhat proud of the fact that he could chop down a certain number of trees quicker than the older lumberjack. Even though the older lumberjack was known for his speed he felt an urge to challenge the younger one. So he proposed a challenge to see who could cut down the most trees in one day. So they began, and the younger man was chopping down one after another and would not stop, he was determined. He thought it looked pretty good for him since the older lumberjack would chop for only one hour then take a fifteen minute rest. But when the end of the day came the older lumberjack had cut down 1/3 more trees than the younger lumberjack. Somewhat miffed the younger man asked, “How could it possibly be that you cut more than I after I saw you taking breaks all day and I cut furiously all day.”
The older lumberjack said, “It’s quite simple, every time I stopped and sat down, I sharpened my axe.”

A lot of us have been praying hard, but with dull axes and wondering why the trees aren’t falling. We’re praying, attending church and serving but never seeing spiritual breakthroughs like Jesus speaks about in the story of the young man the disciples could not heal. That’s what fasting and prayer is all about. It’s about sharpening the axe of the inner man so we can gain spiritual victory.

We are right in the middle of our January fast here at New Life. Pastor Lew has been teaching for years that, “Something happens when churches pray and fast that doesn’t happen when churches don’t pray and fast”. Fasting is the deliberate abstinence of physical gratification to achieve a spiritual goal. It’s a denial of the flesh to gain a response from the Spirit. Please consider joining us as we seek God during our 2013 fast!