Rebuilding the Walls
Week 1 Fasting and Prayer
“And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat? “Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. —Matthew 6:5-6
Nehemiah had much revelation knowledge on how to begin to rebuild the broken walls and gates after he fasted and prayed to God. During this series, Rebuilding the Walls, we will glean from the wisdom of Nehemiah and begin to rebuild the walls of our lives from the inside out.
Broken and shattered lives, cracked foundations, and leaks we have settled upon and living below the boundary lines of the Kingdom of God. God has already rebuilt your “inner” walls where the infrastructure has been torn down. His work within you was upon the finished work and worth in Jesus Christ, and not by any of your actions of the flesh.
Now is your time to activate and embrace the work of God.
Look at the new thing I am going to do. It is already happening. Don’t you see it? I will make a road in the desert and rivers in the dry land. —Isaiah 43:19
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. —Ephesians 1:4
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. —John 16:33
To begin rebuilding your “inner” walls start with fasting and prayer.
God is the Source of the foundation for your life. Nehemiah inquired about his brothers and was overwhelmed when he heard the news about how things were not going well for them. They were in great trouble and disgrace. He fasted and prayed to the God of heaven.
This week we will gain insight on the advantages of fasting and prayer to the God of heaven.
Fasting is for you, not God! Biblical fasting is not a religious activity to get God to move on your behalf. God has moved already. The purpose of a biblical fast is to move the obstacles and distractions such as: doubt, fear, ideologies, lies and so much more that the enemy has planted in your soul so that you don’t have a clear crisp transmission to hear and respond to God from your prayers. Jesus did not require fasting as a part of Christianity: "They Pharisees said to him, 'John's disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.' Jesus answered, 'Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.
Prayer is an act, not just a posture. It is simply communicating and fellowshipping with God concerning your needs and desires. Prayer is also a two-way conversation.
Let the simple prayer of Nehemiah start your day, “O Master, listen to me, listen to your servant’s prayer—and yes, to all your servants who delight in honoring you—and make me successful today so that I get what I want from the king.” —Nehemiah 1:11
God has marked you to prosper in every area of your life, and prayer is the process that He uses to deliver His goods to you. What do you sense God is revealing to you from your prayer today? Take moments throughout the week to pray and have simple conversations with God and take note to His response.
Next Step: Pray about living a fasted lifestyle where you fast at least one meal a week and exchange eating natural food for your body for feeding your spirit. Try listening, reading, and praying God promises.
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