The Prayer and Fasting Strategy
2 Corinthians 4:3 -4
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
Our tenth strategy is the prayer and fasting strategy. We reserved the best for the last. Prayer is our most lethal spiritual weapon to crush the gates of hell for the liberation of captive-sinners. Understand that no normal human being wants to end up in hell. Unbelievers are overpowered by a superior force which brings them under captivity. This force does not respond to carnal persuasion. It only submits to a stronger force from a stronger man.
Luke 11:21 -22
“When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: 22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.”
Any believer who wants to create a serious impact in soul winning must be ready to generate power in the place of prayer. The liberator can only become stronger by a deliberate personal spiritual development. Prayer is the spiritual route and fasting is the spiritual fast tracker. Jesus Christ taught us that there are certain oppressions which cannot be destroyed except by adding fasting to our prayer.
*”Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”*
Supernatural power is needed to destroy the veil or covering cast over the hearts and minds of unbelievers. Archbishop Sam Amaga, a respected patriarch of faith, says that the best soul winners are those who pray for souls. Stop complaining that unbelievers are not responding to your message. Start praying them out from hell into heaven. The lost cannot help themselves until the light of the glorious gospel of Christ shines on them. The light cannot shine on them until someone prays for them.
Let’s take a look at the truth embedded in 2 Corinthians 4:3 -4, our anchor scripture, again:
*”But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”*
Satan is the god of this world and he has many holed in under his servitude. Jesus came to set them free. Jesus is now living in a believer to continue this rescue operation. Let your light “so shine” through your your good works. (Matthew 5:16). The phrase “so shine” refers to the degree of brightness or the intensity of your light. Prayer with fasting is a good work. No excuse is good enough for failure in the area of soul winning. Let’s stop paying lip service to soul winning. Let’s stir up the Isaiah 61:1 anointing for soul winning. Let’s talk less about soul winning and start praying about it. It is war. But the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. (2Corinthians 10:4)
1). Set a soul winning goal for yourself this year and start in the place of prayer with fasting. Fasting for souls once a week is the best place to start. Join us to fast for souls every Wednesday.
2). You can win 5 souls a week, a month, a quarter, a trimester (4 months) or even 5 souls a year. Pick your class.
3). Finally, you must be thoroughly equipped unto this good work. Get into the prayer gym now to develop your spiritual muscles for a great harvest.
You can do it. Yes, you can! It’s a rescue mission.
Bishop Enobong Etteh
Director of Missions,
Salem Family, Africa.