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DAY 40: Yay! It’s the 40th Day!

Disclaimer: We are not calling for an extension of this fast. What I shared yesterday was a personal invitation from God to me. Others may be stirred in a similar fashion, but today is our celebration, the 40 days are up!

It’s April 9th! The anniversary of the Azusa Street Revival. Every year we have done this fast, we have pointed to this date believing that we will see an epic outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our lives, family, and nation. Receive the Holy Spirit!

Congratulations, you have passed through a wilderness which I’m sure has seen some great spiritual highs, but probably deeper valleys and dark moments. Isn’t that what the wilderness is about? But even a glimpse of heaven or a phrase from God’s voice will ruin you for everything else. I’ve experienced some dark days in this fast, but rarely have I heard His voice so clear. Some may say, “It was a terrible experience,” but I remind you what Derek Prince said, “Every fast done in faith will be rewarded by God.” Friend, look to the reward. I am reaping the fruit of extended fasts I did 30 years ago.

Today’s devotional is a 2 sectioned address. First of all, I am so thrilled during this fast to have been joined in a new friendship with a man named Dr. Vaughn Lawrence, a naturopath doctor. He has done extended fasting, has studied the subject and can equip you on how to break a fast and the health dimensions of lifestyle fasting. I am glad to direct you to this video and written article on the spiritual and physical wisdom of breaking a fast. If you have fasted with just water this video is a must watch.

The Gospel writer Matthew describes the end of Jesus fast as the beginning of his ministry. I want you to see this fast as the beginning of a new era of your life. Don’t just look back and say, “I accomplished a fast,” rather say, “I have begun the ministry.”

On this final day let us follow Jesus’ own story.

Matthew 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone Satan! For it is written…” 

On this 40th day, let thousands declare the written word of God, “Satan be gone!” over their own addictions; mountains over their lives and families; obstacles of finance and future plans. Loose that word of faith. Declare it out loud all day long. “Satan be gone!” Dare to believe for a great deliverance.

Matthew 10:10 “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve.” 

Turn this 40th day, and the days and months following, into a focused habit of praise and worship. Determine to turn your back on the idolatrous flesh hooks that held you before saying, “I will worship the Lord my God, and Him only will I worship.” Determine to be a singer of his praise into these glorious new days.

Matthew 10:11 Then the Devil left Him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him. 

On this 40th day, open yourself to the divine swirl of the angelic activity moving around you. I have found at times at the end of fasts, an overwhelming ecstasy, partly because I can eat, but mostly because I can feel the nearness of Heaven. Look for divine appointments, let your heart swell to the Spirit of God pulsing within you. Jesus came out of the fast in the power of the Spirit.

Matthew 10:12 …He withdrew into Galilee… so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled. 

Step out into the new place and into the new direction God has called you to during this fast. Fulfill the prophecy which was written in the book God authored about you before you were born.

Matthew 10:17 From that time Jesus began to preach. 

Preach! Do the work of an evangelist. Declare your life message. Come out of the caves of insecurity and let loose your light to shine on those who dwell in the shadow of death.

Thank you once again for following me on “This dream trek, on this horrible, wonderful highway of commanding destiny.” (Mark Rutland), called The Jesus Fast. Hopefully it has changed your life, and hopefully, it won’t be your last. Please join me as I will continue blogging as the Holy Spirit directs.

 

-Lou Engle

 

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Breaking a Fast

Wisdom should be considered when breaking a fast. Too many have reported severe pain, discomfort, cramping and even death when giving themselves over to appetite too quickly.

“…only a wise man knows how to break a fast.”

George Bernard Shaw

We must understand that in fasting, the body shuts down all digestive processes as it goes into “house-cleaning” mode to begin the healing of damaged cells, tissues and organs at a deep level. Throwing too much food into the body too quickly can throw the body into shock and the consequences can be severe; physically, emotionally and spiritually.

“For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”

Romans 8:13

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control​.”

Galatians 5:22-23 

“Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.”

Proverbs 25:28

The Bible makes it clear; to show we have given the Lord control over our spirit is to tame the flesh, especially when it comes to food and appetite. Fasting is difficult, but we do it out of desire to pursue the Lord’s heart, practice self-control, and receive revelation from the Lord. However, consider this.

It is more difficult to break a fast with self-control than to actually fast!

I completed a 40-day water fast one time and was way too proud of myself for this accomplishment. As I lie in bed weak, emaciated and barely able to think or move I heard the Lord as clear as ever before in my life and it struck my heart like a dagger.

“I don’t just want your 40 days, I want your every day.”

John the Baptist was known most for thelifestyleof prayer and fasting that ushered in the first coming of Christ. As we earnestly seek the second coming of Christ The Lord is going to raise up a generation of John the Baptists who will choose the spirit over the flesh by seeking to walk out self-control in all aspects of life. This allows the Lord greater access to our heart so that He can move through us not just during a fast but afterward as well.

It is important to seek the Lord on how He would have you transition after extended fasting as it is all too easy to find ourselves deep into self-indulgence within a very short matter of time. I strongly believe that what we do aftera fast is just as important to the Lord as what we do duringa fast. In such a time as this, The Lord is calling a generation to draw near through a lifestyle of prayer and fasting. This will look different for each of us as we answer His call.

Here are some tips to breaking a fast. The level of caution you need to exercise is dependent upon the depth and length of your fast. Short fasts that included food require less caution but should still refrain from bouncing back to indulgence. Longer fasts on juice or water require extreme caution to avoid serious consequences.

1. BREAKING A WATER FAST​:
– Water fasts should be broken with fresh juice only, in small amounts, approximately 4oz every 1-2

hours the 1stday and 8oz every 1-2 hours the 2ndand 3rdday.

– The best juices for breaking a water fast are from raw fruits and vegetables, the best being orange, watermelon, grape or pineapple. Note: I do not recommend breaking a water fast with apple juice for it can cause severe pain and cramping. Cucumber, celery and other green juices are good as well, or a combination fruits and vegetable juices.

– When breaking a water fast, spend a minimum of 3-5 days on only juicesbefore eating solid foods. The solid foods can be the same as those listed below as when breaking a juice fast.

2. BREAKING A JUICE FAST​:

– Juice fasts should be broken with raw fruits and vegetables, blended warm soups, steamed vegetables or small amounts of broth. Keep it blended and easy to digest for at least a week or more. Eat very small portions every couple of hours as not to become too ravenous with appetite.

– As a general rule of thumb, eat fruits, vegetables and greens (raw or cooked) for at least 2 weeks following a fast. Continue to avoid grains, fats, starches and proteins. Please add these foods back in slowly and intelligently as to not shock the body.

3. THE DANGER PERIOD:

– The 2 weeks following a fast is called the “danger period.” Ravenous and extreme voraciousness must be kept under control, which can last approximately 2 weeks. This desire will disappear after 2 weeks and is an excellent exercise in practicing self-control.

– On a physical level, voracious eating after a fast is not only dangerous, but can undo much of the benefits of the fast related to healing, tissue regeneration and reversing the sickness and disease processes that occur in the human body.

– It is estimated that you should take nearly just as long to return to a normal diet of foods as you chose to fast. I encourage people to follow a Biblical diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and clean meats as advised in Leviticus 11 for long term health.

If you are familiar with the ancient desert fathers, these monks were warriors who were always encountering the demonic and fighting for people and cities in the land. When another monk named Abba Pambo approached the great Abba Anthony and said: “Give me a word Father,” Abba Anthony responded keep your tongue and your belly under control.”

I believe a fasted lifestyle can separate us from the temptations of this world and is absolutely crucial for what is coming in the next move of the Lord. God is looking for empty vessels and fasting is a great way to empty yourself out before the Lord. God bless you in your journey with the Lord!

Please watch our video for more information on breaking a fast. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvKi2Fynrsw

Reference: https://www.spiritofhealthkc.com

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DAY 39: Azusa Then and Now

“Heroes will arise from the dust of obscure and despised circumstances, whose names will be in blazoned on heaven’s eternal page of fame. The spirit is brooding over our land again as at creations dawn, and the fiat of God goes forth. “Let there be light.”Brother, sister, if we all believed God, can you realize what would happen? Many of us here are living for nothing else. A volume of believing prayer is this ascending to the throne night and day. Los Angeles, Southern California, and the whole continent shall surely find itself here long in the throes of a mighty revival by the spirit and power of God”

November 16, 1905, Frank Bartleman

 Thirty-five years, almost exactly, have come and gone since I first read the book.  On April 4, 1984, we moved to Pasadena, California because My pastor Che Ahn had a dream of a black man waving to him saying “Come to Los Angeles, there’s going to be a great revival!”  At that time we were reading a book called Azusa Street by a man whose name was Frank. Bartleman. He had moved to Los Angeles in December of 1904 and had come under a burden for revival there. He surrendered his soul to the spirit of prayer and fasting the whole year of 1905, the year prior to the outbreak of the great Azuza street Revival April 9, 1906.

 When I read this book in 1984 my soul was set on fire. Moses had a ‘burning bush,’ but I had a ‘burning book’ and I turned aside to see this wonderful burning vision of revival pulsing within it. What I heard was something akin to God calling my name. Sometimes when you have a moment born of heaven you have to pause and take off your shoes, for that place is holy ground. Hungering to understand my soul’s magnetism to this man Bartleman, I entered into many days of fasting. My prayer culminated one evening in a two-hour cry in my garage, “God, give me the mantle of Frank Bartleman! I want to pray like that man. I don’t want to read about revival, I want to see revival!”

 I didn’t know it then, but the following morning I found out that I had touched God and he had heard my prayer. My prophetic friend came to me that morning knowing nothing that I had prayed. He said, “last night I had a dream Lou, and in the dream, I saw a big black book and the title said “revival”. I then opened to the Inside of the cover and I saw a man’s face whose name was Frank Bartleman. His face then turned your face. I closed the book and knew I had to give it to you Lou.”  I knew at that moment that the title of the scroll that God wrote about my life before ever I was conceived was REVIVAL! And I knew what my job description was for my time on the earth. It was to give myself to fasting and prayer, writing’ and mobilizing for revival.

After this dream of divine destiny,  I knew in the marrow of my mind it would be a kind of navigation chart for all my future course settings. I knew I had received heavens passport to walk His highway of destiny, thus assuring me, despite all setbacks and failings, that He would be walking the revival road with me. Toward the end of this fast, I  sensed the whisper of God saying, ”What 1905 was to Frank Bartleman and the birthing of the Azusa Street Revival, so 2019 is to you Lou and the church for the 2020 Vision move of God.”

Can I pay the price of prayer that  Bartleman did in 1905? The question haunts me but stirs me. I don’t want to be a binge faster and return to normal or shall I say abnormal. Jesus said “ now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? “Father, save me from this hour?” But for this purpose, I have come to this hour.”  Then He traveled the Via Dolorosa to the cross. The highway of destiny always leads to the highway of the cross before fulfillment.

With this in mind, I feel the Lord nudging me to continue setting my face in grace-filled fasting and prayer in the seasons of his beckoning unto 2020. I believe one of The greatest ways to sustain this highway of my heart is to continue this blog, maybe not every day, but regularly as the Spirit directs. It will be to me a kind of built-in prophetic challenge to live out this navigational chart, not just write about it. I hope you have been changed by fasting and reading this blog. It’s been a great joy for me. Please send testimonies of how the fast changed your life. Submit Testimony

I would like to invite all of you who feel stirred,  to continue with me, follow the blog, and keep our fires for revival white hot together.
 
Prayer
Father, as we come to the end of this fast, we pray for the grace of divinely sustained focus in prayer. I pray that you would forge out of this fast a company of men and women who will cry out for the mantle of Frank Bartleman and give this year of 2019 to sustained prayer and fasting for the most outrageous outbreaks of God everywhere. We set ourselves for Now and for 2020.

 

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DAY 38: The Lost Sheep of the House of Israel

These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Matthew 10:5-6

I want to comfort the heart of God

Yesterday, we emphasized Daniel’s fasting in the 70-year window for the great jailbreak of the Jewish people out of Babylon back to their homeland. We sense that we are in another 70 year period since Israel became a nation and the great evangelistic outpouring of the Spirit began in 1948. I believe that I and the body of Christ is in a major transitional prayer shift and divine assignment to understand, like Daniel, if we fast and pray we will see an outbreak of God’s wondrous grace on the Jewish people worldwide.

Yesterday we concentrated on Every Home for Christ, primarily targeting the gentile world. During this fast, I have been apprehended with God’s heart for his own people. As we have been praying Ekballo, I have been deeply moved by what it would mean to Jesus when the church worldwide begins to pray Ekballo for His own people, the ones he first directed his disciples to pray for and go to.

When Jesus said, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers,” He then directed those very disciples not to go to the Gentiles, but rather to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. He groaned over His own people. Now 2,000+ years later, what do you think his groan is now? I want to comfort the heart of Jesus. I have this deep prophetic feeling that as this massive worldwide Jesus movement breaks out it’s going to break out among the Jewish people as well and maybe first and foremost. 70 years are up. Could it be time for the beginnings of the fulfillment of Romans 11:15 speaking concerning the Jews receiving Christ, “For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will  their acceptance mean but life from the dead?”

 

Just the other day a young Jewish woman who has launched a movement of 40 days of fasting in Israel called me with a dream in which I was told, “You cannot see a revival in America unless you, Lou, begin praying for the Jewish people.” I am weighing the dream very heavily. Today we begin praying at the end of this fast, that all over the world the Lord of the harvest would thrust forth laborers into the Jewish harvest field both in the land of Israel and in the diaspora worldwide.
 
Prayer
Jesus, once again we know you are looking to your own people harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. And we know your heart is broken because there are few laborers. So we take up your groan and your prayer. We seek to align with your broken heart. We beg you to do what you have been longing to do since you first commanded your disciples to pray this prayer, “Hurl forth laborers to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

 

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DAY 37: Revelation Demands Participation

…in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.

Daniel 9:2-3

 
“History belongs to the intercessor.”

 -Walter Wink

 
It is amazing how Daniel’s fasts in chapter 9 and 10, actually shifted the public policy of Persian Kings directing favor toward the people of Israel. How astounding that one man esteemed by God could literally move principalities and powers to preside over whole empire shifts. He understood the times and set his face to fasting and prayer thus shifting history. His revelation of the times demanded his participation in intercessory rulership. I believe that we are in a Daniel moment right now in this 70th-year window to establish God’s rulers in Israel.
 
Sometimes Providence kicks us into divine moments and recognizing those moments we have to seize them just like Daniel did. The command of the apostle Paul was for the church to pray for those in authority so that the land would dwell in peace.
 
Let me drop a time bomb on you…we couldn’t have planned this convergence. The 40th day of our fast, April 9th, is the election day in Israel. The future direction of Israel is greatly at stake. God doesn’t tell us to pray for authorities unless that prayer actually affects elections. I believe God has 15,000 of us and many more around the world, fasting at this very moment in the time of this 70-year period. I want to urge you in the next 3 days to pray that God will preside over these elections; even shift public opinion in the crucial valley of decision and exalt the man of His own choice for such a time as this.
 
A casual approach to the prophetic leads to casualties but history belongs to the intercessor! Here comes Daniel if we will pray.
 
Prayer
God, we know that good government establishes peace and so we pray for the peace of Israel according to your word. We pray that you would establish your government in Israel on April 9th. Lord, we pray that you would establish your chosen one for this critical moment in history, looking to the coming day when you, the Prince of Peace, the very Son of David will establish His throne forever. Oh, let the increase of your government and of your peace know no end. Amen.

 

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DAY 36: Every Creature Commission

“The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.”

– JFK

“And he said unto them, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.’”

Mark 16:15

 
We know that Jesus was the Great Dreamer of all dreamers. When He said preach the gospel to Every Creature, was it merely a generic wish, or was it the Dreamer’s command — that every person would have the gospel preached to them? We cannot take casually the commands of Christ.
Seventy-three years ago, a young Canadian Pastor named Jack McAlister was apprehended by the divine vision of Mark 16 – to reach every home in the world with the gospel. He took Jesus’ words at face value and founded the ministry of Every Home for Christ. Today thousands of believers are carrying the gospel door to door with a vision to reach every home. Millions have been saved and thousands of Christ groups (home churches) have been formed to preserve the harvest. Arguably, this ministry has been the most successful missions movement in the world. And who fuels it, but everyday common indigenous workers, who risk their lives because they’ve been gripped with the simple gospel – Jesus saves.
 
Now, a new generation arises. A spiritual son of mine, Tanner Peake, Vice President of International Ministries at Every Home for Christ has been apprehended with finishing that task – the ‘Every Creature Commission.’ He is launching the Oikos (Greek word for home) vision – that every home in the world would receive the gospel presentation through a personal witness or the receiving of gospel literature at their home. The goal is to reach every home in the world in the next 20 years. Even as today’s quote declares – there are skeptics and cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities of such a goal. When I look through National Geographic magazines and see the stacked high rises of Hong Kong or the great populations of the slum communities built on top of one another in cities and on mountains, it’s impossible.

Hudson Taylor the great missionary to China said, “There are three stages to every great work of God; first it is impossible, then it is difficult; then it is done.”

Jesus said, “all things are possible to them that believe.”

Goeth said, “Dream no small dreams, for they have no power to move men.”

Surely Jesus did not dream a small dream, and we refuse to dial down and limit His horizons. Jesus gave us a prayer that turns impossibilities into possibilities. He said, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” Lou’s translation: “Therefore, I command you to beg me, the Lord of the Harvest, to ekballo laborers into the harvest fields.” As an older man, I want to stand behind a new Joshua who says it can be done. What I bring to the table of possibility is this dynamic prayer. Those fasting with me today, all over the world, would you take up this prayer – for the finishing of the task? Pray “Ekballo” with faith and persistence for the ‘Every Creature Commission to be fulfilled. I want us to pray that God would thrust forth tens of thousands of indigenous workers into the harvest of every unreached people group and into Every Home.
 
Prayer
Lord, we believe Your word, that you want to reach every creature. And Lord, there’s no way to measure every creature unless we reach every home. We are overwhelmed with the obvious realities of the impossibility of this task, but you gave us this scripture as the antidote to this impossibility.  Therefore, we have courage to pray the prayer you gave us – Lord of the Harvest, hurl forth laborers into every home, every refugee and nomad tent, every slum dwelling, every houseboat, and every high-rise apartment. I pray for this Oikos vision to find tens of thousands of fellow dreamers who will put the dream in action. May this great dream move men and women all across the globe. May you breathe on this vision, and may it multiply beyond all that we could think or imagine. For Jesus, You are worthy of every creature’s devotion. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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