Facilitator: Lonnie R. Green
Notes From: The Foundation of Truth By Bishop Lonnie Green PH.D, D.D
1 Peter 2:5
You also, as living stones, are being
built up a spiritual house, a royal priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (NKJV)
Fasting is abstaining from one’s pleasures (usually food and drink) and the marriage relationship (1 Corinthians 7:5) for a period of time in order to pray and seek God.
The church is commanded to pray, but nowhere in the Bible is the church
commanded to fast. However, Christ
said that we would fast (Matthew
) and the early church fasted (Acts 13:2).
Throughout the New Testament there is the inference that the church would fast.
effective prayer and power are the benefits of fasting.
Fasting and praying is more valuable and authoritative than praying
without fasting. Christ said that
certain demons could only be cast out through prayer and fasting. (Mark
It is the Lord’s plan for the church to assemble together to worship as a
unit. Each member of the body of
Christ needs the help, encouragement, and blessing that can be offered by the
entire body of believers. Just as
one member of our physical body has to be united in order to enjoy health and
life, the member of the church needs to be united spiritually to the body of
Christ in order to be prosper holistically.