“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst
for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
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“Fasting and prayer had suddenly become such a pleasure and I started to anguish before the Lord. I learned to say no to king stomach and yes to the Holy Spirit.
“Natalie, soon after the death of my baby girl, Trileah, I started to fast and seek the Lord in all earnestness and diligence. I started to eat of your website which caused me to hunger more and more after the heart of God.
“Amidst seven months of grief and heartache, I fasted and held onto the hem of His garment. At the end of the seventh month, I found out I’m five weeks pregnant. Oh the beauty of our God! Oh what a loving and kind God. I not only conceived but found indescribable intimacy with Jesus. I got to know Him as my everything.
“Shades of Grace once again saw me through nine months of pregnancy. Wow, what a journey it’s been. I would not have made it had it not been for our Lord and Saviour.
“On the 19th March 2013, little Trinity Hope was born. She is such a blessing and perfectly healthy just like I asked of the Lord.
“Thank you, Jesus.
“Thank you Natalie and Shades of Grace Ministry.
“May God enrich and empower you through his word even more now than ever and continue to use you in the lives of others.
“You are a blessing!!!
“I couldn’t wait to tell you about my fast. It’s all finally clicked for me about fasting. A few days ago, I was praying about a specific need and even though I was already fasting, I felt strongly led to fast the next day with juice only. I called a friend and begged her to pray for me because I was sure I would fail the next day by only drinking juice.
“Well the Lord was with me through it all—and not only did I succeed through HIM alone, but HE blessed me through it all. He spoke to me so boldly and He made himself so clear to me throughout the entire day. I rushed home after work and sat with the lord for over an hour. To sit still with Him was amazing, I had no idea what to pray for and I told him that. He heard my cry and He prayed through me. I have never felt this from him before and I just feel a new strength because of HIM. It was the most amazing experience I have ever had thus far.
“Thank you for leading us through this fast. I totally get fasting now—it’s so awesome! I can’t wait to see what else he is going to do.”
“Our church is fasting later this year, but I felt led to fast with Pursuit 21 for three days, fasting the first day with juice only. Increased income was one of my husband’s and my greatest needs. When my husband took his current job, his salary was decreased. As a result, we have gone into debt. This was one of my chief reasons for fasting.
“I can’t wait to tell you what happened! On the first day I began my fast, my husband went to pick up his paycheck … and discovered he’d been given a raise! So much of a raise that he took a picture of the check and sent it to me in a text message!! This means we’ll no longer need credit to cover our monthly expenses! We won’t be going further into debt!
“Then, on top of that, the woman I babysit for came by and said she needs me more often. I had been keeping her child two days a week, and even then for only a few hours. The same day my husband received a raise, the child’s mom came by and said that due to increased demands on her time she needs me five days a week! This is extra income.
“All of my income can now go toward paying off our debt! Praise the Lord! He surpassed my highest expectations—and on the first day of my fast!”
“I just wanted to share with you that my husband was encouraged to participate in the fasting and prayer as well. He did his fast successfully last week!!! He said that he felt it was an especially close time with God! Praying and fasting is definitely something that our family will participate in from now on. I am doing a partial fast for the 21 days.I find that I am going to God so much more in prayer during the day. It is quite an exhilarating experience!!! Thank you again for sharing this message with us. As you can see, it reaches even further out than just the ladies that attend the PP meetings. Had I not attended that night, then I never would have come home with the exciting news that also encouraged my husband to go forward with something that had already been resting on his heart. I feel God is blessing us all with His true word!”
“Natalie God’s timing always blows my mind. I pulled info about fasting off the internet before Christmas then was so encouraged after Thursday night to begin praying about doing it and lo and behold, today my husband expresses an interest in it. I went and bought the fasting book. Can’t wait to dive in and get a better understanding.”
“I have been following your blogs about fasting and wanted you to know they are so wonderful and encouraging through this fast.”
“We belong to a new, small church. Our pastor is teaching on fasting. Your insights have been helpful to me in explaining to so many in our group who find this idea a whole new concept. Thanks for the teaching!”
“Thank you so much for your prayers. I can definitely feel them and sense God’s presence. Last night [Fasting Prayer Meeting] (Jan. 28) was a special time for me and for all of us as we prayed together. I have a knowing that God will answer our prayers!”
“The service last Thursday was ‘Powerful, dynamic and so anointed’. I realize that I definitely was lead by God to be there at that meeting. I was suppose to work that day…God had other plans. Praise Him. I definitely was convicted that night to start the fast. And, HE has been so faithful and has given me the strength and power to ‘stick with it’. Praise the Lord. So thank you Natalie and I can hardly wait to ‘see the results’. I KNOW THEY WILL HAPPEN. PRAISE GOD.”
— Betty M.
“I have appreciated what you have shared on fasting and the different resources you have mentioned. About a month ago, I began feeling like in addition to the ‘extra’ praying I was doing for my dad concerning his cancer and treatments, that God was urging me to fast 2 days a week as part of my prayer time for Dad…. As I read your experiences and encouragement, I felt the Father ask me again to do this for my dad as a act of love and obedience. So for a couple of weeks now, I have added this to my weekly routine. Whether it affects God answering my prayers for my dad’s physical needs or not, I feel a renewing of my peace and joy from my obedience. In addition, my dad says he has had no side effects from his radiation treatments so far and he claims that as an answer to prayer–as do I. Thanks for your encouragement and willingness to speak to us from what the Father has given you.”
“I attended the Night of Miracle Prayer at the close of Pursuit 21. Even though it was the last day of your fast, I was so moved that I began a 21-day fast the next day. I read your fasting blog posts daily. As you referenced scripture passages, I would turn to them in my Bible. (My knowledge of the Bible was just beginning, so I put the Table of Contents to good use!) I did this every day. I began looking forward to my time in Bible study each day. In fact, I used to come home from work and turn on the television, but during my fast, I couldn’t wait to come home and read my Bible! One day I was reading on your website and prayed the prayer of salvation! My life has totally changed! I am so grateful!! And it all began with your fast and night of prayer, which led to my fast and my miracle prayer of salvation!
“I just wanted to thank you so very much for the message that you shared with us all tonight. In all my nearly 32 years of being in…churches, I have NEVER heard the message that I heard tonight. I never realized the importance and the need of fasting, what it REALLY means, and how to apply it in my life. Thank you for sharing these truths with us. I was so excited that I came home and “talked my husband’s ear off” telling him of all the things I learned tonight. I can’t wait until we all meet again on Feb. 4th and learn of the things God is doing and going to do in our lives. What an awesome thing God has allowed for us to experience with Him!!!”
“Natalie, There’s no way I could adequately express my thanks to you and praise to God for the awesome experience we had tonight and for your leadership in this fast. It is something I have felt led to do, but as I said before it never “worked” for me. You and God showed me what it really means to fast and what a powerful tool fasting is in our walk with God. I am definitely “in” and plan to make fasting a way of life from now on. How blessed I have been these last 21 days. I can only imagine what lies ahead! 🙂 I’ll never be the same!!”
“I am blessed that my entire family (husband and 3 kids – one is four years old) are all doing this together. The support of the whole family is very encouraging and we each have something we are focused on seeing God work in us. For my 4-year-old, we are praying for God to work through a surgery he will have on Feb. 2nd …. We … are looking forward to the next 19 days. Thanks for your resources and prayerful support.”
“These words have so encouraged me Natalie. I cannot even tell you enough … how much this has spoken to me … even the timing is perfect. It has been almost a week … and the Lord knew exactly what I needed to hear. God has confirmed some things even through some of the scripture that was in this blog! I can’t thank you enough for your Obedience to Our Father..blessings on you my sweet sister in Christ!!! Goodnight.. and have a wonderful Day tomorrow with our LORD!!! To Him be all Glory and Power and Honor!!!!! At His feet,”
“Natalie, Thank you for that reminder and explanation about the need and privilege to fast. I think this idea of being part of a group is very encouraging. I have overindulged this Christmas season and have been dry spiritually even when God kept pouring His blessings. I even forgot to pray last Thursday and only remembered it on Friday night. I need to be quiet before my God again and give Him the stress this season brings. I plan to slow down/pace my eating so that on the 14th, I will be ready with God’s help. I have not decided what kind of fasting to do but as you said I will ask our Lord and wait on Him. May we all have an expectant heart towards a more intimate walk with our God this 2010. For His glory, honor and praise,”
“I prayed the Prayer of Salvation … I finished the 21 day fast then started the Daniel fast till Easter. I’m doing Bible study every night. I know God sent me to you. Just those three words have changed my life: “Miracle of Prayer”
“This is the first time I have ever fasted. I am finding your [posts] so inspiring and uplifting and they are helping me to understand what fasting is really about. I desire an intimate relationship with my Father, and you are helping me so much to know how to go about it.”
— C. C.
“I have wanted to once again thank you for leading the 21 day Pursuit of Prayer and Fasting. It was such an amazing blessing and I wanted to share with you some of the ways it touched me.
“For one I had an amazing break through with my health during that time as I had given up sugar and other foods to help with my [illness]. The only way I can briefly describe it was as if my body was emerging from a comma. My balance and agility were greatly improved along with many other things. It was so encouraging to experience the new changes to my body. Some of the devotionals in the 21 day Pursuit were so powerful that it felt as if it had been made just for me that day. God is so good. [There is] so much more to really share…God is using you and your ministry in wonderful ways. I look forward to doing the 21 day Pursuit next year!”
— P. M.
“Natalie, I have been reading all your posts on fasting. Wow! Thank you! Glory to God! Did you know that because of your heart to begin the new year with prayer and fasting, [my wife] and I joined you last year. It made all the difference in a life or death, supernaturally miraculous filled year!”
“I thank you so much for the excellent articles on fasting. Although you do cite other sources of info, the manner in which you put it together with scripture, insight and exhortation is truly wonderful. I was particularly encouraged by the one based on 1 Sam. 7 where opposition was encountered in response to fasting and it all ended.
“I submitted an online request for prayer for deliverance from besetting sins that I had recently become conscious of. I also followed with two 5-day fasts in December. On these fasts, I drank only water during the day and 1/2 cup diluted fruit juice or clear broth at night.
“On the fifth day of the fast, during my morning prayer, I felt the presence of God. Several of my past sins were brought to my mind as I repented and asked for forgiveness. Interestingly, some of these I had never considered as sins and they were part of my lifestyle for 20 years. (I have been capable of closely following and loving God and His Word but also capable of considering base sins at other times….I simply believed that this was just the way that I was…and did not try to address it.) During this fasting experience I was made aware that I was believing a lie and could be set free from a reprobate mind. After a period of time in which I confessed my sins and asked forgiveness, my mind was filled with attributes of Jesus and His names…. I knew at that point that I was fully set free!
“In the days that followed I felt very clear and clean in my head. Completely set free of sinful habits that have held me for 20 yrs—wow! There is a heightened sense and awareness of what constitutes sin—something I almost never had before. On Christmas day I literally felt like a madman who had been delivered of his madness—such deep peace and joy. Although I was more financially strapped than any Christmas in recent memory, this was clearly the best ever. I could not read Luke 2 beyond verse 11. I just stopped there as I realized that for the first time in my life I had crowned Him Lord of all. I have already started preparing for Pursuit 21 by reducing my meals and am looking forward to more breakthroughs.”
“Thank you Natalie for your lessons each day. I copied them and am going to use them throughout the year on continued fasts.”
“Natalie, I am so blessed by your life encouraging story. I know God [led me to] your story and used it to bless me to keep me encouraged and inspired in my prayer life as I am also suffering from an illness. God is continuously telling me that He is always beside me in this battle of mine and He has spoken to me again through your story. I haven’t fasted yet — never experienced it in my entire Christian life. Your site encouraged me to do it and do it right in God’s ways. With your article Pursuit 21 and the fasting contract, I am more driven to do it to honor God and to be more deeply involved with Him…. Thank you …You are a great blessing … “
— B. E.
“Your testimony has been an eye opener to my own weakness and passions, which God has helped me deal with throughout this fast. It’s my first time to subscribe and I’ve just realized how much I’ve been missing from you. You are God sent to many including me. I am encouraged and I look forward for another season of waiting on God through fasting.”
“During this fast I wanted to be totally committed to completing it. There were times when I did do some things that were not right. But ‘Thanks be God’ that each post seem to be directed at me, giving me the determination to keep going.
“I have committed to making fasting a part of my life as I realized that I need GOD more than I ever have. I am so thankful that I found Shades of Grace ministries, Natalie Nichols woman of GOD.
“During the fast I also realized that my prayers were selfish. But Thanks be to GOD for this Pursuit 21.
“Then I received a post card from Shades of Grace Ministries thanking me for joining Pursuit 21. To me that was priceless. Thank you so much Natalie for praying for me. In Christ we live,”
“I first fasted with Pursuit 21 three years ago, participating in the local fasting prayer meetings as well. You agreed with me in prayer for my family and my grandchildren. I have continued fasting each year with Pursuit 21, and each year I see more answers to my prayers. God has done amazing things in my family and my grandchildren’s lives! He is so faithful! Thank you for leading the fast each year. It has affected my entire family!”
— M. M.