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Blow the trumpet – Part 1

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Apostle Lawrence Achudume

For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9

Great doors of blessings are opened to us but the enemy does not want us to access the door. He makes many to be spiritually lazy, finding it difficult to pray and fast; and are full of excuses for lack of spiritual drive. THE DEVIL IS HAPPY WHEN YOU DON’T PRAY OR FAST.

Jesus said, some of these challenges or blockages to our inheritance only answers to prayer and fasting (Mark 9:29).
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. Matthew 17:21.

Prophet Joel counsel that the sure way to God’s blessings is in prayer and fasting.

Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 
……. he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; (and bring) even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God? Emphasis mine. Joel 2:12, 14.

The Psalmist prayed and fasted until his change came.

I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me. 

My knees are weak through fasting; …… (Psalm 109:24-29 read).

Apostle Paul encourages the husband and wife to give time to fasting and prayers so the enemy will not take advantage of their love and so become captive of the devil because of the comfort of the matrimonial bed.

Defraud ye not one the other, except it, be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; that satan tempt you not for your incontinency. 1 Corinthians 7:5

And he told us that for him to have succeeded he gave himself to fasting often. (Read Isaiah 1: 24-28).
…….in fastings often… 2 Corinthians 11:27

The pastor, the priest, minister, leaders were not left out in prayers and fasting. Many pastors have lost relevance and their place in life due to too much eating, drinking, and comfort of life, therefore, becoming cheap prey of the devil.

But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions ….. 
…. in labours, in watchings, in fastings;  2 Corinthians 6:4-5

Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 

Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly…… 

Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?  Joel 2:12, 15, 17.

We are not only to pray and fast for ourselves and families only but for others also.

But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting, and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. 

I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother. Psalm 35:13-14

When we fast and pray, the Lord sends blessings; restoration, healing, help, and enemies are defeated and we have our peace.

The Lord will answer and show mercy on his people (Joel 2:19-28).

The Lord is calling us to prayers. The cloud is filled and ready to pour down rains of blessing. We must not allow the prince of Persia to hinder us (Daniel 10:8-14).

The issue of prayer and fasting is not issues of “if” but “when?” it is not whether to pray or not if I should pray and fast or not but ‘when?’

Matthew 6:6a, But thou, when thou prayest…

Matthew 6:16, Moreover when ye fast…….

It is only an issue of time to pray.

May we not wait for situations to make us pray; we should pray before situations come that needs prayer.
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