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Fasting Day 13: The Ezra Fast

Are you dealing with a money problem?  Are you facing a financial dilemma? Are you going through a major change in life?  Are you experiencing a problem you did nothing to initiate? Do you need room for expansion of your business or your church?

As you are fasting and targeting this issue, look to Ezra and the fast he called when leading the Jewish exiles back to Jerusalem.

When fasting, it is vital to know what scriptural precedents apply to your causes for fasting. Not only will this encourage you, it will also help you know how to pray and how to believe God to respond in your situation.

The Ezra fast brings great solutions to great problems. (The Ezra fast is an occasion of fasting in Scripture, not specific foods to eat while fasting, such as in the “Daniel fast.”)

“Is this not the fast that I have chosen…to undo the heavy burdens” (Isaiah 58:6).

To “undo the heavy burdens” is to solve problems, inviting the Holy Spirit’s aid in lifting loads and overcoming barriers that keep us and our loved ones from walking joyfully in God’s will.

The book of Ezra tells the story of Jews returning back to Jerusalem from captivity in Babylon.  For Ezra and those returning with him, the long journey ahead was plagued by gangs and thieves. Ezra and the Jews had their wives and children with them, as well as silver, gold, the sacred articles of the temple, their household goods and treasures too.  The Israelites were not leaving Babylonian captivity as beleaguered prisoners.  They were not mere escapees. They had settled down in Babylon, built houses and businesses. Many had grown wealthy. Some did not want to live in primitive conditions in order to rebuild their nation. They wanted to enjoy the luxury of Babylon. The Jews who did not want to return were required to send gold and silver for rebuilding the Temple. Ezra was transporting their money and possessions.

“In all there were: 25 tons of silver; 100 silver articles weighing 150 pounds; 7500 pounds of gold” (Ezra 8:26, CEV).

The Jews were the perfect target for the thieves and thugs.  They were loaded…and defenseless. They desperately needed protection for the long journey.

Ezra was facing a financial problem. Just as there were thieves and robbers lying in wait for the Jews along their journey, John 10:10 tells us that we too have a thief lying in wait for us. He has come to steal, kill and destroy.  He desires to rob us of financial provision and make us slaves to fear, torment, worry and anxiety.

Ezra took the right step. He declared a corporate fast.

“21There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. 22I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king. ‘The good hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him’ 23So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer” (Ezra 8:21-23, NIV).

Fasting is not an escape from the problem, but an attempt to enlist the help of the Holy Spirit in solving the problem.  When we fast, pray and honor God with our tithe, our giving – and do not take what is God’s for our own use – God will honor with a solution to financial dilemmas.

The Ezra fast and its Scriptural principles apply any time we are facing a financial crisis. Yet this isn’t the only time in which it is applicable. Although the scenarios to which it can be applied are numerous, in this post I want to look at a few specific ones.  Anytime we are going through major change in life, we need to enter an Ezra fast. Such change could include a marriage, a move or a new job.  Anytime we are making major decisions, we should go on an Ezra fast. When we encounter a problem we didn’t initiate, we need to go on an Ezra fast.  When we encounter hardship, we should fast as Ezra and the Jews did.

Ezra set a powerful example. From this passage we can draw several wise conclusions.

1. Choose Those to be Involved. All of the Jews were facing the problem, so all were asked to fast. If the problem is one of group proportions, perhaps a corporate fast is in order.  For example, if your church is facing a money problem or needs to expand and cannot afford the expansion, call for an Ezra fast.  If large layoffs in the community affect your church, call for an Ezra fast.  If an independent ministry is facing financial troubles, call the Board of Directors and others involved to an Ezra fast.  The motivating factors represented by Ezra’s fast are not just financial ones – they include matters of decision making, security, hardship and change.  Although Ezra was the leader and bore responsibility for decision making, he did not fast alone. He displayed great leadership by calling everyone to a fast.

Elmer Towns, Vice President of Liberty University, tells of a time when his pastor called their church to a fast. The church was facing a great financial need of $1 million.  On Sunday morning the pastor asked the church to fast from sundown that evening to Sundown Monday evening. He explained to them the problem and the reasons for fasting.  When he asked those who were committed to fasting to stand, the entire congregation stood.   In the service that evening, he reminded them that the fast began right after church, and that they were to drink only liquids till the following evening. They also conducted prayer meetings by group – men, women and youth.   The pastor clearly presented the crisis when calling everyone to fast and implemented prayer as well. God honored the fast and worked a $1 million dollar miracle for this church.  God honors fasting and prayer!

2. Share the Problem. Ezra didn’t ask just anyone to fast.  The people he asked to fast were involved in the problem.  “I proclaimed a fast…that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us” (Ezra 8:21).  The people following Ezra were scared and desperately wanted their children and themselves to be safe.  When calling a group to fast, it is important to communicate the reason why.

3. Fast Seriously. For a fast to be spiritually effective, we must not only withhold food, but we must also agonize in prayer.  Ezra called a fast “that we might afflict ourselves before our God (v. 21, KJV).  In Fasting for a Spiritual Breakthrough, Elmer towns writes,

Originally, when people faced a life-threatening situation, they were too frightened or distressed to eat. They adjusted their diets out of agony and deep struggle of soul. The cause was the problem; the effect was diet adjustment. Eventually, people began to see that they needed this deep spiritual exercise to pray properly. Thus they reversed the effect—fasting, so everyone might enter into the cause—spiritual travail in intercession.”[i]

To the Jews who were following Ezra, fasting communicated to them the seriousness of their journey and the threat to their lives.

4. Fast Before Attempting a Solution. We usually brainstorm all possible solutions and then make a decision based on a little human wisdom and a lot of guesswork. Ezra did something before even discussing the problem with his leaders, the elders. “I gathered them together to the river that runneth to Ahava; and there abode we in tents three days” (v. 15, KJV). During this time he waited for the Levites to join them.  Ezra didn’t attempt any solutions before everyone was gathered together. He did not try to solve any problems before fasting and prayer. We usually do the opposite: we brainstorm ideas, start addressing solutions…and after all else fails, then we might pray and fast.

5. Fast on Site with Insight. Ezra brought the people face to face with their problem—he brought them to the banks of the river.

“Beside the Ahava River, I asked the people to go without eating and to pray” (Ezra 8;21, CEV).

We have a modern term for this: “Prayerwalking.”  Joshua and the Israelites   “Prayerwalked” when they marched around Jericho as God instructed.  Joshua again prayerwalked as God instructed him to walk throughout the Promised Land by faith – the land he would conquer.

6. Fast for Step-by-Step Guidance. Only during the fast, not before, should we seek answers to our problems.  We should fast and pray not only for final outcomes, but for step-by-step solutions to the problem.  There was more than one route Ezra could have taken. How could he know which was the right road? Ezra called a fast “to seek of [God] a right way” (v. 21, KJV). God gave Ezra the direction he sought and showed him specific steps to take in order to prepare wisely.  Ezra divided the treasure and distributed it among the twelve priests. If part of the caravan were attacked by thieves, all would not be lost; some of it might get through.  This was double the wisdom as it not only protected from thieves without, but also from thieves within.  Each priest was accountable for a certain amount of treasure and could not pocket any along the way.

7. Know the Desired Outcome. When you call for an Ezra Fast, you should first pray for victory. You should know what you want the outcome to be and ask God to give it to you.  Don’t enter the fast problem centered. This will make you a pessimist and render you unable to pray in faith.

8. Search for Scriptural Solutions to the Problem. Take time to write out the scriptural principles involved in the problem and ask, “How have people in the Bible solved a problem similar to this?  This will cause you to read the bible and understand passages that speak to your specific problem. [ii]

If you relate to Ezra’s problem today – if you are in the midst of financial issues, security threats, uncertain decisions, changes or hardship – know that God has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  He will meet you as you fast and pray and He will bring great solutions to great problems!

“The hand of our God was on us, and he protected us from enemies and bandits along the way. So we arrived in Jerusalem…”
Ezra 8:31

Question: How does Ezra’s response to his problem help equip you as you respond to yours?



[i] Elmer Towns, Fasting for a Spiritual Breakthrough (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1996), 47

 

[ii] The eight points are taken from Fasting for a Spiritual Breakthrough by Elmer Towns, pp. 46-55

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29 Responses to “Fasting Day 13: The Ezra Fast”

  1. thalitha says:

    Hi nat
    I have fasted for my financial problems but i havent see change. I am in a deep debt problems i dont have peace in my life the lawyers are phoning evryday. I had lots of creidt card before national credit act was introduces in SA now i cant make pay them because i cant make loan anywhere. I hopeless i am a christian from methodist church in South africa. Do you think i dont do this right. Please help

    • Hi Thalitha,

      I believe you are on the right path. When fasting accompanies our prayers, it gets God's attention quickly…but more importantly, it gets OUR attention quickly. We fast not to change God, but to change us – to prepare us for what God has in store. To cause our ears to become sensitive to His voice and our lives completely yielded to His authority. When we fast, the first thing we become aware of in our lives is our unbelief….and it is that unbelief that leaves us when we fast. A Biblical fast isn't a fast of panic, it's one of belief and expectation.

      If you earnestly sought God through your prayer and fasting (& it sounds like you have), then God will respond to your act of sacrifice and worship for weeks and months to come.

      My advice to you is 1st of all, commit to listen to His voice and obey. Listen daily, constantly. I guarantee you that the Holy Spirit will be speaking to you, revealing His will and giving you direction regarding your causes for fasting. You may be looking for something tangible when God first wants to do a spiritual work in you. Let me explain…

      The more serious our problem, the more serious our fast should be. Several years ago I was facing a serious financial problem. I needed God's direction. In response, the Holy Spirit led me to embark on a longer juice fast than I had ever conducted. On that fast, God didn't rain down any tangible miracles. No…He began convicting me about unbelief in my life. He began convicting me about my lack of trust in Him. Over the next few months, He began calling me to take a significant step of faith. It was something I had planned to do AFTER a financial breakthrough. But just as God asked everyone who received a miracle in the Bible – He asked for faith first, before the miracle, not afterward. God asked me to act as if I already had a financial breakthrough. There was something very specific he wanted me to do as step of faith.

      The step God asked me to take was unique to my situation. I soon realized there would be no financial breakthrough apart from me obeying. Just like Jesus told the lepers to go show themselves to the priest…and as they went they were healed, God had given me specific instruction.

      I said all that to say: I wanted instant miracles of financial provision. But God was more interested in beginning with a spiritual work in me. He was working miracles all along the way – they began with His voice clear and specific. As I took steps of faith, He honored them. The journey I began on that 40 day fast in 2010 is still continuing. God is still honoring that fast…but He is also still asking for a walk of confident faith and expectation, an attentive ear and a yielded heart.

      Just focus on Jesus. Listen as His Spirit speaks to you!! Don’t shy away from conviction and repentance. And last of all, let go of unbelief and panic. God is going to take care of you.

      "31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Mt. 6:31-33).

      Thalitha, You have sought His kingdom and His righteousness first — and God WILL take care of the rest. Rest secure in Him.

      Praying for you,
      Natalie

  2. Betty says:

    hi Nat
    thanks for such an inspiring and educating Article.I just have one question and i feel God is talking to me that why i am doing some researches about types of fasts.I have know about the Esther fast and i know its 3 days absolute fast.How long is the Ezra fast.?I also want to tell Thalitha that when you expect a miracle from God after your fast begin praising and worshiping him giving him thanks for what is to come that what pleases him and that is faith.Hebrews clearly states that it is impossible to please God without faith.
    thank you be blessed
    thanks

    • Hello Betty,

      Thank you for your encouraging comments about the post. In answer to your question about Ezra's fast, the passage does not mention how long Ezra and the people fasted before making the journey to Jerusalem.

      Your reminder to Thalitha is an important one that should not be overlooked! (There is more on this topic in "Faith for the Supernatural." The audio and downloadable study guide are available at: http://www.shadesofgrace.org/media-center/message….

      May God bless you richly!
      Natalie

  3. Jessica says:

    I will participating in Ezra Fast, I have been accepted into Liberty University, Lord Knows that I need a financial breakthrough. Also fasting for the Lord will be done in my life and the he will guide me in the right direction. Please keep me in prayer.

  4. Jessica, Congratulations on being accepted to Liberty University! I will be praying for you as you fast! May God give you a renewed sense of His presence! May He give you wisdom, direction and a financial breakthrough!

  5. Tony says:

    Was the Ezra fast a solid food only fast?

  6. clint says:

    what to eat on the Ezra fast. How long is the fast

    • Clint, the Ezra fast is an occasion of fasting in scripture, rather than a specific type of fast like the Daniel Fast, which we look to as an example of what we might eat or drink on our fast. My purpose in posting about Ezra's fast was to show what scriptural principles and promises could be claimed as a result of fasting and prayer. When fasting, it is vital to know what scriptural precedents apply to our causes for fasting. This helps us know how to pray and believe God to respond in our situation.

      There are other similar posts on the site – posts about a scriptural precedent in fasting as opposed to foods to eat or avoid when fasting. These posts include Lives of Influence (John the Baptist fast); Breaking Bondage (disciples' fast); Targeting Decisions (the St. Paul fast); Breaking Negative Emotional Habits (the Elijah Fast), etc. We look to these fasts and fasters not for what they ate or didn't eat, necessarily, or for who long they fasted, but for why they fasted and how God responded to their fasting and prayer. I hope this was helpful…

  7. Dean Buchholz says:

    Hi Natalie and other readers, I am a single father of 3 kids and I have them 6 days a week. When my wife left for another man two years ago I became financially strapped. My bills have greatly piled up, and my mortgage is behind. Also, I cannot be with any other woman because we are still linked, but I am very lonely in not having a spouse. I do not love her anymore and I want to move on but she has prevented a complete divorce with delays and demands. God says what I have put together let no man separate. How do I pray, and what do I pray for? What kind of fast do? Dean

    • Jennifer says:

      Dean, I am in a circumstance similar to yours. I'd like to suggest three things:

      1. Come to God with an open heart and open words.
      Just like your did here on the website. Be honest with God about your loneliness, lack of love for your wife…even your anger toward her (if there is anger) and your fears about your finances. Honestly pour everything out before the Lord as a drink offering. As painful as this can be, just be completely vulnerable with the Lord and acknowledge ALL of your pain, ALL of your hurt, ALL of your anger and then completely SURRENDER the whole situation to God. And…

      2. Confess truth from the word
      And speak all God's words of blessing over yourself. That we know that ALL things work together for the good of us who love the Lord and are called according to his purposes; that as a tither, God will bless and reward you – God tells us to test him in the tithe and see if He will not open the floodgates and pour out a blessing and rebuke the devourer on our behalf; and most importantly knowing and confessing that even through all of this – God is still in complete control . And…

      3. Give thanks to the Lord for this whole situation
      "In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." God also instructs us to pray for those who use us. I encourage you to intercede for your wife regardless of your relationship, praying that God's will would be done in her life and she would be released from the trap that Satan has laid for her. Not that anything would change in your relationship, but praying for good and true things in her life. In all of this completely give the Lord the whole situation, trusting and knowing that God will work all things out for our good and that He has allowed all of this to happen, not to harm us, but to allow us to become completely dependent on him so that He can take care of us and make us into his image.

      As someone in a like situation, I'd like to add one more thing: Know that God loves you – and will take care of you – and will provide for your every need. The pain won't go away, and the heartache won't go away, but God's presence will fill ALL the void until He changes our situation according to His will and in His timing.

    • Dean, I am so sorry for what you and your children are going through. Regarding what you should pray for, I believe Jennifer's reply below best answers that question.

      When you ask what type of fast should you do, do you mean pertaining to foods, or scriptural precedents of fasting? What foods you abstain from is something I can't tell you. That's a matter of the Holy Spirit's conviction.

      If you're asking about scriptural precedent or Biblical occasions of fasting, there are several that apply. But again, what promises and precedents you claim are between you and the Lord. This is something God ultimately leads you to and convicts you about, just like your food choices.

      The first instance that applies is the account referenced in this post: the Ezra fast. Ezra and the people fasted not only for financial reasons, but for a safe journey for them and their "little ones." It seems to me that your children should be covered in prayer and fasting as well. They need God's emotional and spiritual protection in this season of deep vulnerability.

      Regarding financial issues, there are several instances to look to. The Ezra fast, again. Joel 2. Isaiah 58.

      It sounds as if you are the main spiritual influence in your children's lives, at least as a parent. To claim the precedent of the John the Baptist fast would apply – that you would influence your children for Jesus.

      There are many instances of fasting in the Bible that apply to your situation. Fasting was also used to enlist the Holy Spirit's help in time of crisis – for protection. (Esther, Jehoshaphat) Isaiah 58 says that when we enter God's chosen fast, he will be our rear guard. again…I think of your children.

      Most importantly, is fasting to draw close to God. When we're close to Him and nothing is keeping us from hearing Him, then we know what to pray. We know what scriptural promises and precepts God wants us to claim and believe Him to answer. My own spiritual walk is #1 on my list of causes for fasting – all the time, no matter what I'm fasting for. Because when God gets me where HE wants me, all else changes. My ears are open to hear the wisdom and direction He's giving. I can hear what steps of faith He wants me to take. I am hungry for His word. I am drawn to prayer. If my spiritual life has grown stale and I'm not in His word as much and not letting the Spirit pray through me, then I'm going to miss God. Fasting to draw near to God and receive new anointing can be found throughout Scripture. Ex's: 1 Samuel 7, Mark 2:19-22.

      May the Holy Spirit guide you as you fast. May He draw you close to God and give you wisdom and direction! May he pray through you – for your situation, your spouse, your children, your need. May he speak into your life through the Word! May He revive you, comfort you and fill every void!

  8. Nelda Mason says:

    Hi Natalie: My name is Nelda Mason, and I am attempting to enter into the Ezra fast for a financial breakthrough; most importantly, I am desperately in need of having confdent faith in the Word of God for myself. I truly need a breakthrough in my finances and most importantly in my faith to believe for what seems impossible. I do know that God has encouraged me by speaking to me in the spirit that the devil cannot over-ride anything He does, but He can over-ride anything the devil does. He has also encouraged me to not look at the circumstances and situations I am facing as though they are bigger than Him. Even in having such assurance directly from God I am having difficulities because I have never had to have this kind of faith or perhaps never allowed myself to utilize this kind of faith for situations that seems impossible even in the midst of knowing that nothing is impossible with God. Please pray for me so that i can become victorious in this area.

    • Hi Nelda! Thank you for sharing your comments and prayer request. I will be praying for you, that God will strengthen your faith and give you a financial breakthrough. You are definitely on the right path – and you are hearing from the Lord. May God give you strength to choose to see, think, speak and believe what He says in His word instead of choosing to see, speak and dwell on the way things appear in the natural realm. Our flesh will pull us down into unbelief every time! May God bless you as you enter into the Ezra fast!

  9. Bef says:

    My name is Bef from Cameroon. I've really been blessed by this site. I am into a 29days fast organized by the church every February. I realized that I have just been starving for these 15days, trying to obey the church authorities. I need advice on how to make this fast more profitable to me. Should I stop the fast? If no, what can I do now to benefit from the blessings of fasting?

    • Bef, thanks for visiting the site and sharing your comments. Regarding your questions: it is not for me to say whether or not you should stop your fast. This is something for you to pray about and listen intently to God's voice as He leads you. Our decisions about fasting (whether considering initiating or stopping a fast, or deciding what to fast) must ultimately occur in our private prayer life between us and the Holy Spirit. Fasting is something we do for God, and therefore we must give Him the authority over our fast–over what we eat or don't eat, over how we spend out time during the fast, etc–just as we do in daily life, seeking each moment to walk in step with the Holy Spirit (Galations 5:25). As followers of Christ, we are to yield to God's leadership and authority over our lives and let His Spirit be our constant guide. It is no different with fasting. We yield to God and let Him guide us concerning our fast.

      I applaud you for sensing that your fast is missing a key element, and because of this, you're on a diet–starving–rather than fasting. Fasting without prayer is merely a diet. We fast so that we can feast on God through prayer and time in His Word.

      Fasting includes not just doing without food, but doing without anything that hinders prayer. The point of fasting is not doing without, it's doing WITH… You've got the "without" part of fasting mastered. But what about the "with" part? When we fast, we do without things we've elevated above God that we might live by God, feasting on His presence and His word. "Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!" We do without temporal things so that we might do WITH and feast ON and live BY God–by His life and strength. Fasting is letting go of the natural in order that we might take hold of the supernatural. There is a without part–a letting go of the natural–and a WITH part–a taking hold of God through prayer. We do without God's gifts temporarily that we might elevate the Giver above His gifts.

      My advice to you is: (1) Pray. Seek God's leading regarding ceasing or continuing your fast. (2) If He leads you to continue fasting, be sure to feast on Him through prayer and time in His word. Make time for prayer and Bible study each day.

  10. Kesha' L. Rivera says:

    I thank God for bringing me to this place! A Daniel fast is hard for me, because of an illness and I began to ask God to show me another way so that I can honor him and my teenage sons and my Husband who is a chef can still join me. I'll be fasting for healing, hardship, financial breakthrough and for God to enlarge our business territory. I see it as done, I know it's done.

    I thank you so much for allowing God to use you <3

    • Kesha, thanks for sharing your gracious words – and your challenges and causes for fasting as well. May God bring healing, a financial breakthrough and an enlarging of your business territory! In Jesus Name!

  11. sajida yasseen says:

    hi nat! came across your website today however my situation is i am married to a muslim man and we have a business of manufacturing steel and have 2 kids and the business is doing very bad.He is not a religious muslim but i want to know if i go on the ezra fast alone will it work for a financial breakthrough cause my hubby will not go on the fast with me.

    • Sajida, God responds to fasting and prayer, whether we fast alone or with a friend or family member.

      Consider Hannah who fasted alone (see 1 Samuel 1). God had closed her womb. Her rival provoked her year after year…till she wept and would not eat. Hannah's husband did not fast with her. In fact, scripture says that he "would say to her, 'Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don't you eat?’" 1 Samuel 1:9 says: "Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up…" This is speaking of the rest of Hannah's family eating and drinking. She fasted alone.

      "In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord." Hannah poured out her soul to God…and He responded!! 1 Samuel 1:19-20 says, "Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her. So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son." God definitely responds to fasting and prayer – even when we fast alone!

      You never know what God will do in your husband’s life as a result of your fasting and prayer. Remember Cornelius? (See Acts 10…I’ve also written a post about this called “Fasting Day 15: The Good News”). Cornelius was a devout man, but He hadn’t heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a result of his fasting and prayer, Peter shared the good news of Jesus with Cornelius and his family…and while Peter was speaking, “the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message” (10:44).

      This isn’t an exact comparison, as you’ve heard the Gospel…but consider how one individual fasting alone resulted in the salvation of his family. Perhaps you're already planning to include your husband's salvation in your causes for fasting. But if not, please prayerfully consider doing so. God sometimes allows difficult situations in our lives to draw us to Him. There is a possibility that God could be allowing your present financial difficulties in order to do a spiritual work in your husband’s life.

      God can use suffering to draw people toward salvation in Christ. “For God can use sorrow in our lives to help us turn away from sin and seek salvation. We will never regret that kind of sorrow” (2 Cor. 7:10). C. S. Lewis said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

      I understand needing a financial breakthrough – so I’m not at all saying that you should accept financial devastation and not seek a God-given breakthrough. Nor am I trying to tell you what your causes for fasting should be – only the Holy Spirit should dictate this. I simply encourage you to pray and seek God about including this in addition to praying for a financial breakthrough. It could be that God wants to give you a double victory – bringing your husband to saving knowledge of Jesus Christ AND giving you both a financial breakthrough!

      I will be praying for you and your fast. May God guide you and give you specific direction – how long to fast, what to fast, how to rearrange your schedule so that you have time to spend in prayer and God’s word as you fast. May He speak to you intimately each day as you seek Him. Fasting is waiting…and we know God’s promises to those who wait: “I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry” (Psalm 40:1).

      Blessings in Jesus!
      Natalie

  12. Rachela says:

    I Natalie, I Just came across your website as i was doing some research on the Daniel fast. I am a single mother, widow with 3 girls since 2004. It has been a trying time,financially, emotionally and physically, the problems keep accumulating and no door seems to be opening.
    Im here only by the Grace of God.
    I will start fasting and praying to our Heavenly Father for a break trough. God bless you all!

    • Rachela, I can't imagine how trying this season has been for you. Your testimony about God's grace gives Him so much glory and honor! May God open doors and give you a breakthrough! I will be praying for you as you fast!

  13. Mohlodi Kaone says:

    Good day Nat

    I am reading your website, i have fasted and done all that i think needs to be done, i do not know what to do anymore as problems keep on flooding, the sad thing is that on top of the challenges, i am loosing the little that i have, there has been so many breakins in our house, it is so much i do not have the strenght to continue, i do not know where to begin but almost every area is affected negatively, Even though i am fasting now i am not able to open my mouth to pray, there is so much heaviness and numbness in within me, my heart is heavey, my body cannot carry me anymore physically God of mercy love Grace and care please help and rescue me all trouble,. In weaknesses i feel dissapointed, BUT HE IS GOD,

  14. Nancy says:

    Many of you, My people, do not walk in the power of My Spirit, which I have made available to you, says the Lord. This is either because you have not asked for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, or because you have put Him out in order to live according to the dictates of the flesh. I would have you consider that times and circumstances require your obedience to stay in the flow of My Spirit, and it is time for your to live, move and have your being in Him. Luke 11:13 "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"

  15. Michell Johnson says:

    Someone told me about this fast. I have not studied the scrpture yet. But what I want to say to all of you who made these posts. I hear a lot of asking natlaie what to do. Some situations are created from our very own disobedience and not seeking God in the beginning. When you fast you are presenting God with a sacrifice and if the sacrifice is pure he will receive it. Then he will show his glory. In intimate prayer and fasting with God you get his insight in the situation or problem. He will direct your way. Lot of times if you read in the bilble where there is sin, and then repentence that doesnt mean the forgiveness didnt wipe out the results of the sin. I can say that other times we have to go through hardship endure it as discipline and even to be able to persevere through other things that will come later. I have fasted and prayed many times and Gods will was for me to go through with peace not a clean up of the issue. Study the word to show your (own) self approved, rightly divide the word. See the gospel and even the old testament when God moved or performed miracles, it wasnt for the benefit of the one getting healed, it was for all to see who God is. So who is watching your faith walk?

  16. Ruth Esther says:

    Ezra didn't fast for financial breakthrough. He fasted for protection. If you read Ezra 1, you will find out that the hand of God moved Cyrius, the King and the people to give for God's work. I agree with the idea of dependence on God for everything, including provision. Psalm 23 is a great tool for dependence on God, because as a Shepherd, He cares for every and any need for His sheep. Awareness of being His sheep makes us secure.

  17. Ruth Esther says:

    Please note that fasting is not manipulating God to answer your requests. Fasting humbles ourselves to acknowledge that we cannot do anything on our own, It makes us aware of divine intervention, the grace to stay focused on knowing that God cares & that He is in control; result = peace that only God can provide despite circumstances.

  18. Ruth Esther says:

    People of God, read the Word of God, don't be lazy, ask the Holy Spirit to provide revelation that applies to your specific situation. Don't rely on Nathalie's experience or others, because God's ways are unlimited. Testimonies from others build us up to know that God answers prayers (including "no" for response) and that He is SOVEREIGN. Don't take somebody's answer to be literally yours. Pleaaaaaaaaaaase read your Bible and pray. Be still and know that He is God. Last but not least, be aware of the last days "Deception".

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