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2020/11/4 Why God Asks His People to Fast—Part 2

Ron Sawka Ministries

November 04, 2020; Cheshvan 17, 5781

(Formerly Arise 5)

“In weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often” (2 Cor. 11:27).

“No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house” (Mark 3:27).


Thank you for sharing your testimonies! One woman from another nation wrote how she and her friends have just recently begun paying attention to the Hebrew months and were specifically helped by knowing that “without a new anointing, Satan can gain the upper hand.” So they declared and prayed for new anointing. She shared, “When we invited the Lord into our work problems, He miraculously either made the work easier or the situation better. We both agreed that even in this, God has proven to be faithful and we are witnesses. I look forward to continuing to declare these blessings over ourselves this month and in the months to come to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

Thank you for sharing that. I declare the experience of this testimony to happen in the lives of many others.

Why God Asks His People to Fast—Part 2

Review: Last week I began to write about fasting, particularly in connection with receiving new anointing. Fasting requires us to put the Lord first, and helps us become a new wineskin so the Lord can pour the new wine—or anointing—into us (see Matt. 9:17). Thus in this month when the Lord wants us to earnestly seek Him for new anointing, be sure to be open to fasting. I have been sharing this on MPP and find that people are responding. If you are led to fast for twenty-four hours, I recommend starting with forgoing the evening meal, and then breaking the fast the following evening (sundown to sundown).

There are many different reasons we may be led to fast. All have amazing results. Let me share just two drawn from the life of Nehemiah, whom the Lord used to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. These reasons are as follows:

1. Fasting Births Ministries and Propels You into Your Destiny—Nehemiah was cupbearer to the king and thus high in court circles. One day he heard news of Jerusalem and how the people were “there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down and its gates burned with fire” (Neh. 1:3). Nehemiah was distraught and began to fast and pray. He continued for several days. This all happened in the ninth month, Kislev. Four months later, in the first Hebrew month, Nisan, God sovereignly moved.

In chapter 2, the king saw Nehemiah’s face was sorrowful and asked what was wrong? It was a dangerous thing to show personal sorrow in the king’s presence. Nehemiah uttered a quick prayer and shared his heart with the king. It was a God-given moment.

As he talked to the king, he began to understand that he himself should return to Jerusalem and be the one to oversee the work. The favor of the Lord was on him. He was given authority, resources, and time to rebuild those walls. In fact he did more than just rebuild the walls—he was also appointed governor and served twelve years and did many amazing things to help rebuild Israel.

But at the beginning, Nehemiah had no idea all this would happen. It all started because of fasting because of his burden for his people. He was content as cupbearer, but now as a result of fasting, he was suddenly catapulted into his real destiny as governor and one who rebuilt the walls and set the nation on the correct course.

All Nehemiah did was fast. God birthed the rest. As you are led to fast, you can expect that sooner or later some kind of ministry will be birthed or made manifest. Fasting will help propel you forward on the road of your God-chosen destiny.

2. Fasting Brings Success Because We Bind the Strong Man Ahead of Time—We must never underestimate just how important Nehemiah’s fasting was. Not only did it result in him getting the incredible assignment of rebuilding the walls, but it also enabled him to succeed.

The story is fascinating. The devil did everything he could to stop Nehemiah. Satan used all kinds of people and strategies, but none succeeded. Nehemiah always seemed to know what to do ahead of time. He didn’t fall into mistakes of sharing his mission too early or with the wrong people. He seemed to know when someone was setting a trap and successfully avoided it. He always seemed to hear of the enemy plans in time to set up a counterstrategy. Every scheme of the enemy came to naught. The walls were rebuilt in an astonishing fifty-two days.

What a contrast with the story of those who tried to rebuild the temple (see Ezra 1–4). The Jews’ return and the temple reconstruction were prophesied, God-ordained events. They were clearly the will of the Lord. However, Satan was able to bring temple reconstruction to a complete stop. It remained halted for seventeen years. Although eager and obedient, the builders were unsuccessful. Why? No prior prayer and fasting.

We know Nehemiah fasted and was completely successful. But there is no record of fasting by those sent to rebuild the temple. Because they did not win the battle ahead of time in the spiritual realm, they could not succeed in the natural realm.

Fasting actually results in binding the strong man. It ensures that we first win the spiritual battle. So as you are led to fast, you can rightly expect obstacles and roadblocks that once hindered you to begin to be removed. Fasting binds the strong man (Satan) so he cannot gain the upper hand.

Be blessed! Thanks so much for praying!

Ron and Teddy

New Financial Giving Info!

I am so thankful for our God-ordained connection with Catch the Fire (CTF). I am pleased to announce that they will now handle financial contributions to us in the USA. Checks should be written to CTF World, but clearly designated “For Ron Sawka Ministries.” They should be mailed to:

CTF World USA, 2304 Page Rd, Durham, NC 27703

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Cheshvan—The Eighth Hebrew Month, Oct. 19–Nov. 16

The blessings for the month of Cheshvan may be found here. Please read them and let the Lord fill you full this month.


























ヘシュバン:レブル暦第8の月 10月19日~11月16日























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