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Not long after this year began, our women’s Sunday school class started reading a new book together. It was clear to me in Chapter One (What Is the Answer for Stevie?) that God had ordained this study to take place at this exact time in my life. I believe He spoke to me what my focus word and focus verse for this year was to be and then He sent this book as a guide for my journey.
If the Son of God fasted and prayed for power in His ministry, why should you and I think we are exempt from these things? –The Hidden Power of Prayer and Fasting
The Hidden Power of Prayer and Fasting by Mahesh Chavda has opened my eyes and stirred my spirit deeply. I am sharing this with you because I feel it is an extremely beneficial help to the true Church….The ones that desire to witness and be involved in a supernatural move of God like never before. The ones that long to operate under the anointing of Jesus Christ that breaks yokes of bondage and sets captives free. The ones that are passionate about walking in the greater Jesus said we were capable of through Him. The ones that are tired of being defeated by a defeated devil. The ones that are willing to pick up a mantle and do what it takes to be carriers of the manifest glory of the Most High God!
The Lord desires to draw us into the intimate place of fasting where He can develop our interior life while we are still engaged in the exterior community of regular life. –The Hidden Power of Prayer and Fasting
I had already been asking God to show me how I could increase my prayer life. When it comes to the Bible I can read and discuss it all day long because it is the very air I breath, but when it comes to my prayer life, I have felt stalled. Let me tell you, this book is not for the weak. It is intense and God has spoken to me through every page. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God sent me an “Increase Your Prayer Life” training tool in the form of this book.
When my father-in-law was pastoring, I heard him say countless times, “If you want something new from God, you must do something you’ve never done before.” I feel like I am in preparation mode right now. I am challenging my spirit man and defying my flesh because God is up to something and I refuse to stand by and watch. I want to be a part of it! And I want you to be a part of it, too! It’s not easy and I’m not perfect, but I am doing my best to be willing, so that I can also be effective.
Sometimes even our most insignificant works of obedience are destined for far greater purposes than we can imagine! –The Hidden Power of Prayer and Fasting
If we want to be effective women on the warpath, we must dig deep into the power of God and Mahesh Chavda reveals how possible that is when we combine prayer and fasting together. He makes the compelling statement, “If prayer is the capsule containing our gifts and requests to God, then fasting is the booster rocket that lifts our prayers beyond the boundaries of earth and into the heavenlies.” It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
Fasting sharpens the focus of our prayers and our accuracy in discerning what to do. –The Hidden Power of Prayer and Fasting
I encourage each of you to read this book. I don’t care if it takes you a week or 6 months, read it! Why? Because it is full of key factors that challenge the prayer lives we think we have along with the relationship with God that we have been satisfied with. It provides Biblical truths paired with personal accounts from a powerful man of God that put me to shame. I have been a child of God from a young age and was exposed to His presence early on in life. Bro. Mahesh was raised in a Hindu family and wasn’t introduced to God until he was 16 years old, and that introduction was followed by an amazing encounter!