MAXIMIZING THE BLESSEDNESS OF FASTING AND PRAYERS Part 4 by Pst Isaac Folaji 28/1/2018
God’s commandments are ordained for man’s profiting. (2nd Timothy 3:16), not His benefit. His instructions are so important that they make up seventy-five percent of the Bible, the remaining twenty-five percent, being doctrines and principles. One of the instructions is about fasting and prayers and from Isaiah 58:6-12, we understand that the blessings - which include breaking of yokes and loosening of the bands of wickedness - are for our spiritual empowerment, and makes us agents of liberation.
As an aftermath of this fasting, wherever you step into Satan steps out and you begin to rule, even in the midst of your enemies (Psalm 66:3).
According to Ezekiel 47:1-5, power is in degrees. However, there is a realm of power you can operate in where nothing hurts your family, business or children. Apart from prayer and fasting, impartation - which is the transfer of virtue or power from one vessel to another - also delivers power by bringing us into the shoes of our prophet, as was the case of Elisha.
You can enjoy supernatural leap into the school of power when you are imparted. What you cannot get in ten years of fasting and praying can be delivered overnight through impartation. It means that whatever you see happening here, every grace, virtue at work in this commission which the apostle has been laboring for on the altar of prayers, is transferable by impartation (Romans 1:11, 2nd Kings 2: 14-15).
Impartation can be achieved through fasting and prayer, laying on of hands, the Word and the prophetic mantle. Let's consider some of the Biblical processes for impartation, via the prophetic mantle, which is our focus.
We must understand that we contact virtues, graces, and anointing which a prophet carries when we connect the spirit of that prophet. However, God is the author and umpire of transference of spirit (Numbers 11: 16-17, 24-25). In order to achieve all of the above via impartation, we must do the following:
- RECEIVE THE PERSON OF THE PROPHET AND BELIEVE HIS MINISTRY
You must receive the person of the prophet because your perspective determines your connection. You can never separate the anointing from the anointed (Matthew 10: 41, 2nd Corinthians 7:12, John 1:12). Any man of God whose person or personality you reject cannot be a source blessing to you. If you despise your Moses you will die in Egypt (Luke 4:27, 2nd Kings 2: 9).
- HONOUR HIM IN YOUR HEART
(Isaiah 29:13, Mark 6:3-5)
Virtues cannot flow towards you, from the man of God you do not honour from your heart. Any individual that despises the anointed cannot partake of what the anointed carries because no one can be a beneficiary of the grace that they mock or despise.
To help us honour God's anointed vessels, we must learn to separate the grace and anointing from the human weaknesses of the person. Whatever highlights the errors of our prophets in our minds intends to rob us of, and disconnect us from the blessings that they carry.
- CRAVE FOR WHAT HE CARRIES.
(Romans 8:28, Proverbs 23:26)
WHAT DO I CRAVE FOR?
Check what is around that man of God; the fruits that you see are products of the spirit that he carries. Among other things in the life of His servant is a heart for God. If the things that move God do not move you nothing will move God about you (Zechariah 7:13).
- ENGAGE IN SONSHIP/DAUGHTERLY TIE WITH YOUR
One of the ways to maximize your relationship with any man of God is to lower yourself to the level of a son or daughter. Inheritances are neither passed from pastors to members, nor from masters to servants, but from fathers to children. Consequently, the spiritual virtues of a man of God are only passed to spiritual children. Proverbs 13:22 says a good man leaves treasures for his children and grandchildren. You must relate and conduct yourself as a son to your man of God, no matter his age, background or grammatical fluency.
- STAY CONNECTED.
You must stay connected to your prophet for your protection and safety (Hosea 12:13, Acts 19:12).
As we draw virtue from the mantle, we should expect perfect wholeness. (Matthew 14: 36).