When we fast and pray, mountains move!

Hello people,

Remember me? ๐Ÿ™‚

How have you guys been. Trust you have been well. I have been excellent and my son, E, is doing very well. Thanks for all your kind words. Work has kept me away from me ooo. Direct all your complaints to my office lol. It is hard conveying the depths of my heart to you when I have clients to attend to. And juggling wifehood, motherhood has taken some getting used to. But today, I feel totally drawn to share a little something with you.

For the past year, I have struggled to fast. It started very gradually after I discovered I was pregnant. I was told and constantly reminded myself that pregnant people do not fast. The baby needs all the nutrients he can get and must thus not be deprived. So whilst I did not eat for two, I certainly ensured that that one person was well satisfied. And so, all through my 40 weeks/10 months of pregnancy, I did not ever really fast and even after, I was informed to eat well so that I may have enough milk with which to feed my baby. So for the past 8 months since having my son plus 10 months of pregnancy, I have not engaged in that spiritual exercise called fasting and I feel its absence in my life.

I used to enjoy the one day or 2 day a week fasting. Sometimes, only till 12 noon, some other times all the way till 6pm. A couple of times, I have gone the whole nine yards and done the biri biri aka dry fast, 3 days max. These experiences have been rewarding, refreshing, reinvigorating. I always come out feeling renewed. I have clarity in relation to a question or confusion or crossroads of life. I get my head cleared. I am happier and fulfilled and I know what exactly it is that I am doing.

During my fasts, I would pray frequently. Listen to my favourite speakers on the Word of God all day at work, listen to music, be in tune with all things that keep me focused on my goal: to know Him more.

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This post is thus to encourage someone like myself who has forgotten the importance, efficacy and sheer power of fasting and prayer. You might have had a genuine reason like I did not to fast but it is time to revive the fire and seek the face of God. Not every time fasting to have prayers answered or demons/strongmen/difficult problems solved like Jesus referred to in Matthew 17: 21 where he stated that, certain kinds of issues of life do not go out except by prayer and fasting. Sometimes, fasting to thank God and remind Him that you recognize the importance to give up the cravings of the flesh in order to build up your inner man. Fasting has so many many benefits and it is important to have your reason for fasting and praying written down clearly. That keeps you focused and you can know when the things have changed in your lives.

Fasting keeps you humble and malleable to the reconstruction of God and molding of your life in accordance with his desires. Fasting and prayer break yokes- yokes of addiction, yokes of ill-health, yokes of life generally. Fasting breaks the chains that hold us back..

So even as I observe my โ€œlunch breakโ€ at work, I feel so compelled to speak to even one person today to get out your bible, and take out some days to fast and pray and watch God do wonders in your life.

Have a great week!

Temiville.xoxo

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5 Comments

  1. October 20, 2015
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    Hey Temi! Good to “hear” from you. Awesome you know your family is doing well. Thank you very very VERY much for this article. Like you I have been struggling with fasting gotta few months now. Unlike you I had no real physical reason and it has been eating at me for some time. I always find an excuse and I know my spirit is angry. I needed this reminder. God bless you. May you always hear Him when he speaks to you in Jesus name. Amen

  2. Abi Aiyegbayo
    October 20, 2015
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    I so needed to hear this, THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking time out to share

    Trust you and family are doing well. Take care xx

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  3. October 21, 2015
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    Hi Temi, good to have you back. I’m not sure i remember you tho…lol Great to know your family is doing well.

    I personally have been struggling with fasting for over a year! My sis fasts like no man’s business but me? Laziness will not let. Everytime I think about it, i promise to have a go at it but I chicken out again. My church just finished 70days prayer and fasting, I fasted 68 of the 70 but I didnt pray all the prayers and it just feels like I didnt really do anything.

    I hope to develop a spine real soon and get on the serious fasting and praying train cos beside the fact that its a good way to handle hard problems, it also revives the spirit.

  4. Ade
    October 25, 2015
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    Couldn’t have come at a better time! All the best to you and your family.

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