Welcome to day 5 of our 7 days of prayer and fasting. Today, we are focusing on fasting for recovery and possession of the land. As we delve into the Word of God, we will discover the power of fasting as a means to recover what may have been lost and to claim the promises God has set before us. Join me in exploring the Scriptures that reveal the divine principles of fasting for restoration and the possession of the land.
Fasting as a Path to Recovery
Restoring What Was Lost (Joel 2:25-26):
“I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.” This passage is a powerful promise of restoration. It conveys the idea that no matter how great the losses or challenges we face, God has the ability and willingness to restore and redeem what was taken away. The imagery of the locusts, which had destroyed crops and brought devastation, illustrates the losses we may experience in life. Yet, God promises a season of abundance, satisfaction, and wondrous dealings as a response to genuine repentance and seeking Him. Let this be a source of hope and encouragement when facing difficult circumstances, with the assurance of God’s restoring and redeeming power.
Prayer: Lord, we stand on Your promise of restoration. As we fast and seek Your face, we trust that You will bring healing and recovery to every area of our lives.
Healing and Restoration (Isaiah 58:6-8):
“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily.”
This passage emphasizes that true fasting goes beyond mere abstaining from food. God desires a fasting that leads to actions of justice, mercy, and compassion. When we engage in selfless acts of kindness, sharing with those in need, and breaking the chains of oppression, our light will shine, and healing and righteousness will follow. It beautifully captures the essence of how fasting, when done with a right heart and accompanied by righteous actions, leads to restoration and the manifestation of God’s glory.
Prayer: Father, as we fast, may our hearts be tuned to the cries of the oppressed. Use us as vessels of Your love and compassion to bring healing and freedom to those in need.
Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough:
Seeking the Face of God (2 Chronicles 7:14):
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 outlines a sequence of actions that lead to restoration and healing. When God’s people humble themselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from their sinful ways, God responds with forgiveness and healing. It emphasizes the importance of a genuine and repentant heart in our relationship with God, reminding us that our actions have consequences and that God is ready to respond to a sincere seeking after Him.
Prayer: Lord, in our fasting, may our humility be a fragrant offering before You. We earnestly seek Your face, desiring Your presence and guidance.
Spiritual Warfare and Victory (Matthew 17:21):
“But this kind never comes out except by prayer and fasting.” This statement is made by Jesus in response to His disciples’ inability to cast out a demon. It underscores the idea that certain spiritual battles, characterized by a greater intensity or difficulty, require both prayer and fasting. It highlights the importance of spiritual discipline, particularly fasting, in engaging with and overcoming powerful spiritual challenges. This verse encourages believers to deepen their dependence on God through focused prayer and fasting when facing formidable spiritual opposition.
Prayer: Almighty God, as we engage in fasting, grant us the strength to overcome spiritual battles. Break every chain and stronghold in our lives, in our families, and in our communities.
Possessing the Promised Land:
Preparing for Possession (Deuteronomy 8:2-3):
“And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.” This passage reflects on the Israelites’ journey through the wilderness, highlighting God’s purpose in humbling and testing them. It emphasizes the importance of recognizing our dependence on God and living by His Word. The preparation for possession, in this context, involves a humbling process that teaches us reliance on God and obedience to His commandments.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, during this fasting period, may our hearts be humbled, and our spirits prepared for the promises You have in store for us.
Claiming the Promises (Joshua 1:3):
“Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.”This verse is part of God’s commission to Joshua as he was about to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land after the death of Moses. The promise is clear – every place they set their foot, God had given to them. It signifies God’s faithfulness to fulfill His promises and emphasizes the importance of stepping out in faith to claim the inheritance He has provided. This principle remains relevant for believers today, encouraging us to trust in God’s promises and to move forward in faith to possess the blessings He has prepared.
Prayer: Lord, as we fast and seek Your guidance, empower us to boldly claim the promises You have spoken over our lives. May our steps be confident in Your provision.
Guidance and Success (Ezra 8:23):
“So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.” This verse is part of the narrative where Ezra and a group of returning exiles were preparing to journey from Babylon to Jerusalem. They recognized the need for God’s guidance and protection, especially since they were carrying valuable items for the temple. In response, they sought God through fasting and prayer, imploring Him for His favor and assistance. The verse underscores the power of seeking God in times of decision-making and the assurance that God listens to the earnest prayers of His people, providing guidance and ensuring success in their endeavors.
Prayer: Gracious God, guide us through this fasting journey. Hear our prayers as we implore You for guidance, success, and favor in possessing the land You have ordained for us.
As we are fasting to recover all, let us do so with expectation and faith. Let our hearts be attuned to the leading of the Holy Spirit. May our prayers be fervent, our repentance sincere, and our trust unwavering in the God who promises restoration and victory. Let this season of fasting be a time of spiritual breakthrough, where we recover all that was lost and boldly possess the land God has prepared for us. In Jesus’ mighty name, we pray. Amen.
As you go about your day, try to make God your focus. Set the tone by beginning your day with praise and worship. I have a Spotify playlist that we use for the prayer line, click here to access it. Avoid TV, social media, drama, gossip, or any other distraction that’ll lessen your spiritual focus. Invite the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you during this time. Ask Him about what you should be reading and give your revelation on what He wants you to meditate on when it comes to God’s Word, as it is your spiritual food.
Fasting and Prayer Details:
Each day fasting from 6 AM to 6 PM Water Only throughout the day.
After 6 PM Fruits and Veggies Only, no meat.
What you need:
- Bible (Read at least a chapter a day)
- Get your prepare your fruit and veggies in advance
- In a journal, write down what God may be speaking to you through His Word or your dreams.
- 3 prayer points, what are you looking for God to do for you during this time of fasting and prayer?
- Have 3 -7 scriptures concerning your prayer points
- At least one person you want to focus on praying for.
- Prayer points for the body of Christ list
Church Prayer Points
- Pray for unity in churches and in the body of Christ.
- Pray for the pastor and church leadership.
- Pray for revival and a great awakening in the world.