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Preparing Hearts: a message on prayer and fasting

Dave Magoon, on January 20, 2019. Part of the First things First series

Main Point: The practice of prayer and fasting not only has personal and spiritual benefit but it is and has been instrumental in the ongoing growth of the church.

*Prayer and fasting are marks of a Christian
*Successful Corporate prayer and fasting spring out of agreement
*When we understand who it is we are focusing on, it gives fresh vision to pray and fast.

Passages and quotes:

“I am not sure whether we have not lost a very great blessing in the Christian church by giving up fasting. It is said that there is superstition in it.” Charles Spurgeon

Nehemiah 1:1-4

1:1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah.

Now it happened in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Susa the capital, that Hanani, one of my brothers, came with certain men from Judah. And I asked them concerning the Jews who escaped, who had survived the exile, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.”

As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. (ESV)

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