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"The 40 Day Fast"

I believe the power of fasting as it relates to prayer is the spiritual atomic weapon that God has given us to destroy the strongholds of evil and usher in a great revival and spiritual harvest around the world. The definition of fasting means "abstinence from food."
When we fast we are devoting ourselves wholly and completely to the Holy Spirit for repentance and cleansing of the soul, so that God can intervene in both personal and world affairs, and bring alignment with His will in the earth realm.  It is a time of complete surrender, submission, and obedience to God in such a way that causes us to hear His voice more clearly.  Fasting also empowers us spiritually to be aligned with the original plan of God, and stand on the promises of His word for manifestation in our lives, relationships, families, physical health, finances, churches and ministries, communities, nations, and governments.  When the people of God fast in accordance with the Bible, mountains are removed and the Kingdom of God is exalted.  (Isaiah 58:1-14; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Mark 9:29; Joel 1:14; Jonah 3:5)

Lately, I have been gripped with a growing sense of urgency to call upon God to send revival to our country, churches, communities, households and individual lives. In the past several weeks I have had a growing conviction that God wants for me to fast and pray for forty days for a revival in America and for the fulfillment of His word concerning Israel and the nations of the world prophetically. More than ever, I am convinced that God has called me to fast, and that He would not make such a call without a specific reason or purpose. I encourage you to join me, and let's enter into the fast with conviction, excitement and expectancy in our hearts, praying, "Lord, let Your Kingdom come, and let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!"

I believe that this 40-day fast is a sovereign call of God because of the magnitude of the sins of America and of the Church. The Lord impressed this upon my heart, the urgent need to help accelerate the fulfillment of the Great Commission in this generation as found in Matthew 28:19-20, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (KJV)

My confidence is in the Lord to help as we seek His face. Each day His presence will strengthen and encourage us all to continue until the end. I am personally convinced that the longer that we fast, the more we will sense the presence of the Lord. Whenever I fast personally, the Holy Spirit refreshes my soul and spirit, and I experience the joy of the Lord as never before. Biblical truths leap at me from the pages of God's Word, and my faith soars as I humble myself and cry out to God and rejoice in His presence according to Psalms 16:11, "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."

I strongly believe that this fast will prove to be the most important forty days of our lives thus far. As we wait upon the Lord in prayer, I believe the Holy Spirit has given me the assurance that America and much of the world will experience a great spiritual revival and awakening as we answer the call. This divine visitation from the presence of the Holy Spirit will kindle the greatest spiritual harvest in the history of the Church. But before God comes in revival power, the Holy Spirit will call millions of God's people to repent, fast, and pray in the spirit according to 2 Chronicles 7:14. If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

The scope of this revival depends on how we as believers in America and the rest of the world respond to this call. I have spent over 30 years studying God's Word and listening to His voice.  His direction and calling to fast and pray could not be clearer. During my forty-day fast, God has impressed me to pray that millions Christians in North America will fast for forty days by the end of the year 2014, and pray for national and worldwide revival and for the fulfillment of the Great Commission. I urge you to prayerfully consider this challenge and join me by going to our Global Prayer Forum page on the website and signup today, and help spread the word with everyone about the call of God to fast and pray for major strongholds to be demolished by the anointing so that souls are saved and delivered, and so that marriages, families, finances, churches, communities, nations, and captives are loosed and set free in Jesus mighty name!  Please share your comments with us on this important blog topic. Thank you.

SPECIAL NOTE: Be sure to consult your physician before fasting if you are taking prescription medication or are under doctor's care.  Neither MPLI, it's hosts, staff, or partners are responsible or liable for your decision to fast or for your personal well-being in reference to anything published on this blog or otherwise contained within or associated with the MPoweing Lives International website.


16 Comments to "The 40 Day Fast":

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Toiya Moffatt on Saturday, January 04, 2014 12:18 AM
Fasting and prayer are both essential to the walk of a believer but it is also vital to the environment and its occupants. 2 Chronicles 7:14, calls on the children of God to fast,pray ,and repent in order for His healing power to come in and restore the land, not sinners or unbelievers. We as God's children hold the keys to turn every problem,crisis and drought around if and only if we are willing to come together and humble ourselves before Him in prayer and fasting. Thank you Apostle Beth for this magnificent blog and for allowing God to use you to get His children's attention on such an urgent topic. God bless you!
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Saturday, January 04, 2014 8:56 AM
Amen, praise the Lord Toiya! Your understanding, dedication and commitment to fasting and prayer will yield major results and will bring notable change for the better in the world around you. It's amazing to see that as important as fasting and prayer is in pertaining to our relationship with God, it's sad to say that even leaders as well as Christians in the body of Christ are less enthusiastic to respond to the call to do so. The most important thing about fasting and prayer is to focus our eyes and attention upon the Lord in humble repentance from sin. Then we must cry out unto Him for His power and strength, and seek His face for the manifestation of His glory in our lives and the world around us. Finally, as Christians we need to come together in a unified effort in fasting and prayer, which increases the magnitude of our impact and ability to affect systems and kingdoms in the world. Unity is where true power and authority exists. That's why the adversary hates it and fights against it so hard. But, those who are mature in Christ, are focused, can see and comprehend the dynamics of spiritual warfare, gladly and enthusiastically rally together in unified alignment to accomplish the purposes of God in their lives. So, Toiya, stay focused, encouraged and in alignment with the heartbeat of God, and He will bring it to pass. God bless you!!


Nikki Godbolt on Saturday, January 04, 2014 1:31 AM
I totally agree Dr. Williams, if we want to see revival in the land we as the people of God must humble ourselves, fast, and pray. Fasting is a powerful tool, and we must use it effectively. Through fasting and praying the old waste places are rebuilt and the desolate land will become like the garden of Eden. I believe that through fasting and praying, desolate lands can thrive again!!!
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Saturday, January 04, 2014 9:03 AM
Praise the Lord Nikki!! Your comments on "The 40 Day Fast" are so appropriate. It causes significant change for the better in the lives of God's people. Fasting enables us to participate in the divine process of God to bring restoration, healing and deliverance in very important areas of our lives, families, communities, nations, economies/finances. It affects change for the better both spiritually and naturally for the glory of God. I encourage you to continue to devote yourself in seeking the face of God through fasting and prayer, and watch what He does through you and for you. May God bless, strengthen and enrich your life in every way as you continue to be faithful to His calling to fast and pray. Amen.


Travis Mimms on Saturday, January 04, 2014 10:36 PM
Fasting coupled with Prayer is a powerful tool to unleash Heaven on earth and to destroy the enemy's operation.
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Monday, January 06, 2014 4:18 PM
God bless you and thank you for sharing your comments on our community blog Travis. Your thoughts are very important to us, and we appreciate your continued support. ~MPowering Lives International


Candice Mimms on Sunday, January 05, 2014 9:07 PM
Fasting in combination with prayer definitely causes a great move of God to occur. This powerful combination allows things to be as they ought to be according to God's original intentions and plans. It's definitely an unselfish act when one prays and fast. These unselfish acts allow God to pour out Himself in various areas in many ways. The clouds of distractions are swept away and we can see through God’s eyes. His wisdom, revelation, love, peace, healing and much more is poured out. All that we need is in God and prayer and fasting helps us to get in the presence of God, not only to get what’s needed, but to simply have an unhindered conversation with Him by speaking in His language. Awesome blog Dr. Williams.
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Monday, January 06, 2014 4:35 PM
Candice, God bless you and thank you for sharing your comments on our Community Blog. It is true that fasting enables us to talk to God and have an "unhindered conversation" with Him, but it also enables us to hear His voice speaking to us with uncluttered clarity and freedom from sin. Fasting also causes a great move of God to occur, for healing, restoration and supernatural deliverance to occur. When we fast we are putting an earnest demand on the will and promises of God to be made manifest in our live. Keep fasting, keep praying and remain focused upon the Lord, and He will bring it to pass. God bless you!!


Dr. Stanley D. Williams on Saturday, January 11, 2014 1:42 AM
Fasting is ordained of God and as spoken of in scripture is the most effective way to bring about God's divine will on earth. The word of God says that fasting will bring about the following results: 1. It will loose the bands of wickedness. 2. Undo heavy burdens. 3. Allow the oppressed to go free. 4. Break every yoke. 5. It will cause your light to break forth as the morning. 6. It will bring healing to your body. 7. It will cause you to be elevated in righteousness. 8. The glory of the Lord shall be your reward. 9. The Lord will answer your prayers. 10. You will have God's guidance continually. 11. It will break the power of darkness in your life. 12. There will be no drought in your life. 13. God will give you the power to rebuild anything that was broken down. 14. You will ride upon high place. 15. you will be fed by the heritage of Jacob. I don't know about you but that seems like kingdom success to me. God desires a consecrated life from believers, when we give God what He wants the results are often spectacular.
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Saturday, January 11, 2014 3:50 PM
God bless you Apostle Stanley, your contribution to our community blog is wonderful. It has blessed me to read it. I absolutely love the way that you've delineated each benefit of fasting in the way that God has chosen. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. May God cause each benefit of fasting to manifest in your life this year!!


Katrina Madden on Saturday, January 11, 2014 11:43 AM
Prayer is a powerful it allows us to be in communication with the Father, but for the situations in are life that seems to not move we have to Fast & Pray. When the disciples could not cast the demon out Jesus told them that only fasting and praying could do it. It is not easy to bring your body and mind into submission, but once we grab onto the revelation of fasting and praying and do it, we will chains broken of are life and experience a greater level of freedom & anointing. God bless you!
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Saturday, January 11, 2014 3:59 PM
Katrina, thank you for sharing your insightful comments on our community blog. It is quite true according to what Jesus told His disciples in the book of Matthew 9:29, "This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting. He was referring to the young man who was possessed with devils, in which His own disciples were unable to get the young man delivered. It was not until the young man's father came to Jesus to minister deliverance to his son, that he was totally and completely delivered from demonic oppression. This lets us know that there are some forces whose powers cannot be broken until someone is willing to pay the price of complete commitment to God in fasting and pray in such a way that satan and his demons have no choice but to turn their captive loose, and let the oppressed go free! Fasting and prayer is a great spiritual weapon that God has given to His people which has the power to destroy every yoke and remove any form of bondage, stronghold, or chain of darkness from their lives. Katrina, I encourage you to commit yourself to the precepts of God's word and watch Him manifest His power and glory in an absolutely amazing way in your life!!


Brian Brewer on Sunday, January 12, 2014 8:53 AM
What an awesome blog on fasting and prayer Apostle Beth, and I could not agree with you more on all that you have poured out. Fasting and Prayer opens the communication so we can hear clearly, what the spirit is saying to the church. Fasting and praying opens the believer up to new levels of power and gifting in the Holy Spirit. Anytime fasting and praying was proclaimed during biblical time God move mightily on the behalf of his people. How much more so do we need His presence to break every chain that binds through His power, protection, deliverance, and restoration. We'd better pray and we'd better fast to see our God show up during these troubling times.
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Monday, January 13, 2014 3:59 PM
May God bless you Brian!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful comments on our community blog. We can't get enough of the Holy Spirit's presence and power in our hearts and lives. We certainly need to see chains to be broken by the anointing and power of God, so that His purposes prevail in every area of our lives, marriages, families, finances, businesses, churches, communities, nations and in the world. Without God we can do nothing, but with God all things are possible!!


Latresa Lawson on Monday, January 13, 2014 6:33 PM
Fasting and prayer is a very powerful tool for us as Christians. Through fasting and prayer we receive revelation knowledge, power, encouragement, and it increases our faith in the Lord. Through fasting and prayer I have overcome so many challenges that seemed impossible in my life. I believe that during this time of fasting and prayer we are going to see great and mighty moves of God!!!! Awesome blog Apostle Beth thank you!!!
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Apostle Bethtina Williams on Thursday, January 16, 2014 4:09 PM
Latresa, your comments on our community blog are greatly appreciated! You're correct in regards to how fasting and prayer can remove mountains. That is one of the most important aspects of fasting and prayer; it is to see major change occur in key areas of importance. Somethings will never change until the people of God seek Him in mountain removing devil rebuking fasting and prayer. May God bless you to experience the change today in Jesus mighty name!! Amen.

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