Engaging the Power of Prayer and Fasting for Dominion
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you”-Jeremiah 29:11-12.
According to the above scriptures, it is clear that God has good intentions and strategy of declaring whatever He wants to do ahead of time; He said in scriptures "I am the Lord that declareth THE end from the beginning." That is His pattern and He has told us that this is our year of Dominion.
Dominion in this context is when everything answers to us, allowing us have things the way we desire them in all areas of life. Although this is God's plan for us, no prophecy fulfils itself (1Timothy 1:18), that is why we have to engage in a fight of faith (fasting and prayers) to see prophecies come to pass.
Quite a number of people receive prophecies and go to sleep. There is an enemy at work who has vowed that God's words concerning you will not come to pass, so as to make God appear as a liar. Mind you, even words of scripture, which are prophecies themselves ("we have a more sure word of prophecy") will not materialize without us accepting responsibility, part of which is to fast and pray.
The only person who is excited when you do not fast is the devil because he knows that when you do, you gain spiritual power which pulls you free from his harassment.
Prayer and fasting are processes through which the children of God become the sons of God. Now there is a marked difference between children and sons, Jesus referred to His disciples as children when he said, "the children of the bridegroom do not fast, but when the bridegroom is taken away, in those days they shall fast." Therefore those who do not fast can be likened to 'children.' It is possible for someone to be fifty years and still be a spirituaal baby and mind you, authority and dominion are only given to 'sons' not 'children', because "the heir, as long as he is a child differeth nothing from a servant...but is under tutors." It is his right but because he is not grown up, stewards are appointed over him to administer what belongs to him.
Isaiah 9:6 gives a clearer picture by telling us that, "Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and His government shall be upon his shoulder."
Until we accept the demands of prayer and fasting, we remain spiritual babies because prayer and fasting are basically for the security of our destiny.
"The strong man armed when he keepeth his goods they are at peace but when a stronger than him shall come he will disarm him."
Also prayer, with fasting is the avenue through which we disarm anyone that intends to rob us of our heritage.
God answers prayers (Psalm 65:2) and does so, sometimes by speaking to us (Hebrews 1:1-3) in different ways. This may occur while we read the Bible and anointed books, listen to messages on CDs and DVDs, meditate on His word or when we are in church. His responses are often the answers to our various requests and they come mostly as instructions or commandments,. Diligently listening and adhering to these commandments will see us access our testimonies, breakthroughs and turnarounds.
Access to Supernatural Wealth
The last days are days of supernatural wealth in the body of Christ, days that God has ordained to lavish every member of the church with stupendous affluence, "...laying up gold as dust...." His children will not beg, but will be lenders to nations because His blessings are "as far as your eyes can see."
God is not interested in history or titles, but in those who follow His word. In Psalm 110:1-2 we are made to understand that Jesus is coming to meet a ruling, reigning and dominant church. That means His second coming will not be until the church is practically in charge of the affairs on earth, "for the kingdom of this world shall become the kingdom of our Lord."
But, there is no true rulership without financial empowerment; anyone who claims to be ruling without wealth is only being deceitful (Proverbs 22:7). The rich will forever rule over the poor and God wants His church to rule over the earth ("I have purposed, who shall disannul, I have stretched forth my hand, who shall turn it back?")
The enemies of the church will be under our feet, so for a person to be in church and be poor, does not represent God. In fact, it is ungodly. He said, "the silver is mine; gold is mine" and so, to lack silver and gold is not like God because we must resemble our father. Bear in mind that God is not happy when somebody is in lack. The Bible sees it as evil for servants to ride horses while princes walk on foot. It is an anomaly. No father is proud of a poor child. So God’s plan is for the church to be enriched in every good work and to get to that plan you need power which is available in prayer and fasting.
Wealth has a spiritual dimension and some even resort to occult means to get it. But, such riches are always accompanied with sorrows; “as the sorrow of those who follow after other gods shall multiply” but the blessing of the Lord makes rich and adds no sorrow with it.
Empowerment for Wealth through the Covenant
Power is required to break obstacles blocking our access to our inheritance in Christ. That is where the enemy holds many captive. He has covered and corrupted their minds against the truth of the gospel. 2nd Corinthians 4:4, says, “…the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them”. So the more light of scripture you have on financial breakthrough the more the freedom and result which you command. It is the financial truth that you know that shall set you free. When you have the light you will swim in wealth regardless of the number of people suffering. The more enlightened you are the more insignificant Satan becomes. He ceases to be a factor when you are seated far above. A lack or insufficiency of light reflects in your language, utterances and behavior.
The only way to have access to the prophetic agenda is through the covenant of seed time and harvest (Genesis 8:22). Giving is the way to riches...this is scripture, it is the covenant. Proverbs 11:24 heightens our understanding of this mystery by telling us that "There is he that scatters, and yet increases; and there is that withholds more than is meet, but it tends to poverty." Giving is the pathway to increase because a liberal soul shall be made fat.
God is the one that gives power for wealth according to Deuteronomy 8:18 and so serving His interests puts the keys to financial dominion in our hands.
In Matthew 25;23 a lord promises to increase the dominion of his subject who had been faithful in the little that he was entrusted with. Only those who are ready to serve God with their financial resources will partake of supernatural wealth. Men and women who will lend to nations; men and women who will help the poor by building orphanages and providing free medical services. Men and women who will accept responsibility to build churches in their communities, cloth the naked and feed the hungry.
That is how to invest in heavenly account and be rich in God. Psalm 35:27 says "let them shout for joy, and be glad that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified , which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant." Though some are in church, their finances are not and if your treasure is not in God it means your heart is not in Him (Matthew 6:31).
The purpose of God's provision for us is to be a blessing. Things will not work for anyone that fails to practice what the church preaches and practices.. It is by what you practice that God prospers. Always accept responsibility as God's treasurer; whatever you have is from God and you are meant to use it for His service. Remember, giving increases us and not God, as the widow's experience in 1st Kings 17:9, teaches.
How is Power Relevant?
1. Power is required to destroy all satanic oppositions and realise our prosperity heritage in Christ (Zechariah 1:17-21). There are invisible forces operating to frustrate God’s prosperity plan for His children and put people in financial bondage. The Bible calls them horns that scattereth Judah. As a child of God you must have an active prayer life for you to operate in power.
2. We need power to access and sustain our financial fortune. It is not enough to have financial fortune, you need power to retain it. Proverbs 11:16 says a strong man retains riches and the secret to being strong is gotten from the altar of prayer and fasting (Luke 9:28-29).
How do I maximize the blessedness of fasting?
By ministering to the needs of the needy around us (Isaiah 58:6-7). Do not be comfortable collecting alone from others, be willing to give. Every time you receive, there is a responsibility being conferred on you and every time you give genuinely, there is a joy that accompanies it. You must give out of what you receive if do not want to suffer financial constipation.
In conclusion, start thinking how much you will spend to bless others, and you will be surprised how God will make it a reality. If it is in your heart, God will put it in your hand. Your giving travels faster than your prayers. You are blessed daily because you bless others daily and it is more blessed to give than to receive. Remain Ever Blessed !!! Jesus Is Lord!!!