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For the past few months the importance of fasting has been heavy on my heart and mind. God is coming soon and this makes Satan work all the harder to deceive us. His entire goal is to destroy each of us from the time we are born so he can undermine the plan God has for our lives. It is imperative that we as Christians fast regularly so we do not fall sway to the temptations, falsehoods and deceptions that surround us. Satan will attack our minds and hearts if we don’t stay alert and aware. He is determined to thwart God’s plan for our life. Fasting allows us to: draw closer to God, hear God’s voice more easily and helps us and our friends and family member’s to not be completely destroyed by the daily attacks of Satan. It also gives us a hedge of protection so that the arrows, witchcraft, demons and evilness that surround us cannot penetrate us.

Jesus prayed and fasted and was in daily communion with His Father. All Christians should arm themselves with the full armor of God so that when the evil one comes we may be able to stand our ground. What is the full armor of God. Ephesians 6:13-18 says, “Stand firm with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the word of the Spirit which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying.”

We are stronger and have more of God’s power as Christians when we actively practice prayer, fasting and scripture reading on a daily basis. Satan is out to distract and deceive us any way he can and he has a battle plan that is meant to destroy and undermine us. When we fast and pray then the power of God keeps us strong and the arrows of Satan and his demons have no ability to tear us down. God surrounds us with a hedge of protection so Satan cannot destroy us. Fasting and prayer are the keys. They are like arrows and armor. We are dealing with spiritual warfare each and every day. May we take on the full armor of God and begin a life of fasting and prayer so we are not deceived and taken down by the Devil’s attacks. God wants to work deeply in our lives and this can only happen if we relinquish our will to Him and humbly submit to a practice of prayer and fasting. It will strengthen us and help us discern the plans God has for our lives. Also, it will allow God to work in much mightier ways in our lives, in our communities, in our neighborhoods and our families. May we be strong and mighty prayer warriors for God!

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