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The power of fasting

Published:Monday | March 8, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Apostle Steve Lyston, Contributor

Fasting is one of the most effective tools we have to help us achieve success and true prosperity. It brings solutions, healing and favour for individuals, nations and businesses. It also stops judgement on a nation. Once one understands the power and the secret embedded in fasting, then one is already on the right path for success.

Years ago when I worked at a major organisation, it was faced with serious problems and no one knew what to do. They tried everything and even went as far as inviting expatriates to come and help to solve the problem. A number of jobs were about to be cut as a way of cutting down operational expenses but no solutions were forthcoming. The staff members were instructed to go on a fast. When they did that, immediately transformation took place! The solutions came in abundance and numerous jobs were saved! There was a huge turnaround within the organisation - the fast had brought about tremendous change. The organisation at that time became a model for other companies! Even the trade unions were surprised!

Divine intervention

Can you imagine if the leader of this nation decided to stand up one day and call the other political parties, the public and private-sector leaders together and say, "Let us put our political issues aside and cry out to the Lord for solutions and for divine intervention in this nation?" There would be changes in the economy, the killing of children would cease, the corruption would decrease significantly and there would be solutions and favour upon the nation!

Now, there are different kinds of fasts and a fast can range from one to 40 days.

With all these fasts, there are different levels which include partial, absolute, juice and vegetables fasts. Before you fast, check with your physician and once you have been deemed healthy enough to fast, wash your face, anoint your head and go on the fast.

Fasting has been tested and proven! Many persons - whether religious or not - know that fasting is a tested and proven tool, and that it never fails to accomplish the goal!

Apostle Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including End Time Finance and The New Millionaire.

Some examples of fasts are:

One-day fast
to hear from God and for spiritual examination is found in Genesis 23: 27; Judges 20:18.

One-day Ezra fast
for guidance and protection for our children, security for our possession and our businesses is found in Ezra 8:21-23. (This fast will bring God's protection and cut down on crime.)

One-day Daniel night fast
for national leaders dealing with a life-threatening situation in their administration is found in Daniel 6:18.

One-day Joel 2 fast
for the turnaround in a nation's economy, to avert judgement, break famine, cut crime and bring new business ideas and improvement to the agricultural sector is found in Joel 2.

One-day Samuel fast
for religious leaders to bring victory over the enemy and purge the nation of images and idols is found in I Samuel 7:1-12.

One-day Isaiah 58 fast
to break yokes, peace and inner-city renewal and restore the value of real estate is found in Isaiah 58.

One-day Jonah fast
to avert disasters (earthquakes, tsunamis and tidal waves) is found in Jonah 3:5-9

Three-day fast which brings favour, healing, breakthrough, opens doors and gives God's favour in legal issues is found in I Samuel 30:11-2 and Esther 4.

Seven-day consecration fast
which brings us into the presence of the Lord and gives us God's favour is found in Ezekiel 43:35-37.

Ten-day Daniel fast
which brings healing, divine revelation, godly wisdom and deals with witchcraft is found in Daniel 1.

Twenty-one day Daniel fast
which brings fresh revelation and solutions, breaks down strongholds over individuals and nations, and releases God's angels over the nation is found in Daniel 10.

Forty-day fast
is for dominion and power from the Lord is found in Deuteronomy 9:18-21 and Exodus 24:18.