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January 9, 2020
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  • - Fasting can take us into a deeper place of prayer.
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  • Let's talk about the spiritual nourishment
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  • we receive while making a sacrifice in the name of Jesus.
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  • (soothing music playing)
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  • - There is another element to prayer that I think,
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  • we need to understand and that's prayer and fasting.
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  • And I remember being introduced,
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  • my mom would always fast growing up,
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  • but I didn't start fasting until I was in my early 20s.
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  • I think I was about 20, 21.
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  • And I remember our church went on a corporate fast,
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  • and I remember thinking,
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  • oh my goodness, how am I gonna go without food?
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  • I remember doing a 40 hour famine to raise money,
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  • (laughs loudly)
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  • and thinking I was gonna die.
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  • And I thought, if I can't do the 40 hour famine
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  • when I'm being sponsored to help starving children,
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  • how am I now gonna fast?
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  • But our pastor took us on this whole journey
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  • of the understanding of what's the power of fasting
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  • prayer and fasting
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  • how do you fast without prayer?
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  • otherwise, it's just starvation.
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  • - Yeah, right.
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  • - It's an understanding
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  • and I remember I was actually seeking the Lord
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  • for direction in my life, and I felt like there was a block.
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  • I felt like there was just this
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  • I don't know whether I should go right or left God,
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  • I need you to show me the way.
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  • And I remember this was a great opportunity
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  • and I went into fasting and prayer for 21 days
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  • and I did a liquid fast but I did it with, smoothies and--
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  • - Sure.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - And liquid but I would supplement it with nuts,
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  • just to give me something before I fell over,
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  • and that was my first introduction of fasting.
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  • And I remember, nothing felt like it was shifting
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  • when I was praying and fasting in the midst of it.
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  • But there was like this one day,
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  • I don't actually remember what day it was,
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  • cause it's over 20 years ago.
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  • I remember there was just this one moment
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  • where something shifted,
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  • and I felt like I could hear the voice of God clearer.
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  • I felt like when I was reading the Word of God,
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  • it was sharper.
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  • And by the end of that fast, the clarity, confirmation
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  • and breakthrough I got in the answers to prayer,
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  • changed my life forever.
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  • And I went, oh my goodness,
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  • I've been missing out on a facet
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  • of going into a deeper place of prayer.
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  • And I didn't know it.
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  • And this became addictive to me.
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  • And I was like, oh, my goodness,
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  • this is an element that I think the church
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  • has neglected over the last probably 20 years
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  • where fasting that's not popular.
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  • That's not cool or we've brought down fasting
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  • to not understanding it,
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  • so we shove it in a corner,
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  • and we don't know what to do with it.
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  • But actually, it is a very necessary part.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - If Jesus fasted, right?
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  • - Right.
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  • - That's where I was gonna say,
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  • Mark is the first gospel.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - And they canonize the New Testament,
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  • well, our scripture listed it is the second gospel,
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  • but chronologically, it was written first.
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  • And we don't have the sweet birth account in Mark's gospel,
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  • it really starts with John,
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  • messenger came before then Jesus being baptized,
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  • and then we segregate it
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  • in the literature in our Bibles
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  • that then there's a new heading,
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  • then he goes into the wilderness,
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  • but that's the original manuscripts taken immediately
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  • from God saying I'm pleased with you,
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  • he goes to the wilderness to fast.
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  • And so there's something to me,
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  • so, there's a template there that we've lost.
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  • And it was that fasting, it was that coming apart,
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  • that actually was foundational to Jesus public ministry.
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  • - Yes.
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  • - Well, I think we've made fasting kind of this,
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  • we've almost made it an elite work.
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  • That if you're really deep Christian,
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  • you'll cross-stitch Leviticus and fast.
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  • And that's not what the Bible says.
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  • He knows that all of us are in different ages and stages
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  • of our maturity with Christ.
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  • And so if you've never gone on a 21 day fast,
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  • my goodness gracious, you need to just start with coffee,
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  • start with breakfast,
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  • start with lunch,
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  • start with fasting from social media,
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  • just go Lord, I'm gonna lay this thing down,
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  • that I've maybe given too much attention
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  • or too much affection.
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  • I wanna lay this down,
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  • because I want you
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  • to be the one who takes up the most space in my heart.
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  • The few times in my life
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  • because I'd give myself a D in fasting.
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  • But I'm learning as I grow.
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  • There's places where I realized
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  • this is a neglected discipline in my life.
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  • And it shows there will be a weakness in my spiritual armor
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  • because I have not worked out in that area.
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  • And so the last, I'd say 10 years, I did a 21 day fast,
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  • that almost killed me.
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  • And to be honest, I did it to fit into my jeans.
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  • I didn't do it...
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  • I acted like it was spiritual,
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  • and you know the Bible warns against that
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  • and says put oil on your face, don't tell your mama,
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  • that you're sacrificing for the sake of Christ.
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  • But within two or three days, it got spiritual really quick.
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  • Because as I became so hungry for physical nourishment,
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  • I became so much more desperate
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  • for God and some of the things he did in that season.
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  • I still feel like I'm living on some fruit
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  • from that 21 day fast.
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  • So I do think fasting is, and it's for our good
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  • it is not for our detriment.
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  • - Right.
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  • - So that we will be more intimate with God.
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  • - What does your body craves the most?
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  • - My body craves food.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - For sustenance.
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  • - He didn't say he was the kale of life.
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  • (laughs loudly)
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  • - [Rebecca] Hallelujah.
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  • - I think you know for us
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  • and whenever we read the Word of God,
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  • there's words that are not wasted.
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  • And he purposely, had this picture of the Pharisees
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  • going to Jesus and complaining about his disciples.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - Why aren't they fasting?
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  • - Right?
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  • - And he's like, because I'm with them.
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  • - That's right.
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  • - When there will be a need
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  • and I'm not here-- - That's right.
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  • - They will fast.
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  • And I think for us, when we think of fasting,
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  • our body craves food,
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  • and that's where,
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  • the Lord really address things when it comes to,
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  • either its finances or the food,
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  • whatever the denominator is,
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  • he zeroed in on that,
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  • to let us know that,
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  • food is nourishment, I like that,
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  • I'm so grateful that you do that.
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  • But there will be a time when you don't have me
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  • and when you're not so close to me,
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  • you're gonna push this away
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  • and you're gonna draw near to me.
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  • - That's right.
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  • - There is a pastor that said, not too long ago,
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  • I just kind of like dropped in the conversation,
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  • and he said, when I don't sense him
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  • or I'm not as close to him, I'll fast.
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  • - Right.
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  • - When I'm close to him, there's no need to fast.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - And so that is always a gauge, a thermometer.
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  • So, when we think of fasting,
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  • it's not so much that we wanted,
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  • because I'm guilty of it too,
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  • - Right.
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  • - Wanting to get into my skinny jeans
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  • or getting ready for the summer weather.
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  • - Make it spiritual.
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  • - But that's not the point.
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  • The point is that, we stuff ourselves,
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  • myself included, we love carbs.
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  • I love meat.
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  • I love anything that moves.
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  • - Coffee.
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  • - And yeah, clocks or whatever.
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  • I push all of that away,
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  • in order to make my body subjected to the will of God
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  • and to submit it.
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  • If I can't say no to a cheeseburger,
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  • how can I say no to an affair?
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  • Like for me, I use the 21 days of prayer and fasting
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  • to break the addiction of coffee.
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  • I was addicted to coffee.
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  • This girl loved her some coffee,
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  • not just any coffee, fluffy coffee.
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  • So that meant cream, sugar, whipped cream on top of that.
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  • Oh mocha mocha it up, caramel it up,
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  • put some spice to my little latte.
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  • It's awesome.
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  • But I was drinking eight cups of coffee per day.
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  • And so it has become not only an addiction,
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  • but it became a sugar addiction.
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  • So I pushed away the coffee.
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  • And when you know it my body started to retaliate
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  • because it was craving,
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  • it was craving the caffeine, the sugar
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  • and it was just so toxic.
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  • So I had a day and I think and a half,
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  • where having migraines and all of a sudden
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  • the addiction broke.
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  • I felt like as someone who was addicted,
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  • my skin was clammy, my face shiny.
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  • I felt fluish,
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  • I was detoxing from all the eight cups of coffee
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  • that I've lived with for,
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  • like seven or eight years when the children were small.
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  • It was my way of coping through life.
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  • So I had to break that away.
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  • But I was drawing near to God.
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  • - It softens our heart.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - Right.
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  • If you're a D, I'm an F, whatever's below an F.
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  • (all laugh)
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  • That's what I am.
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  • - But we're growing.
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  • - I'm growing.
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  • I'm being challenged in this,
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  • but I remember a particular time,
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  • it was a year and a half after we had gotten married,
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  • and I was done.
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  • I was so hurt.
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  • I was so angry.
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  • I was like, this is not what I signed up for.
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  • I call the lawyer, a divorce lawyer.
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  • I was ready to do this.
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  • And our church like yours, does a fast
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  • at the beginning of every year,
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  • and it was January, call this lawyer in November,
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  • and my husband was like, let's try to make this work.
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  • And I was like, no, I'm done.
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  • Like my personality is like you cause me issues,
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  • you're out, I'm done.
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  • This is when we first got married.
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  • And I remember the Lord saying to me, you need to fast.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - And I was like, no,
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  • do you know what's going on in our marriage?
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  • Like, we're done.
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  • - Right.
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  • - Like, I'm done, whatever.
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  • And he's like, I want you to fast.
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  • I was like, fine.
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  • But I'm not gonna fast, like all the food.
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  • - Right.
  • 00:10:16.060 --> 00:10:17.140
  • - Because I cannot go without eating
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  • without even thinking about it.
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  • It's no big deal.
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  • And the Lord was like, I want you to fast coke,
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  • and I want you to fast coffee.
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  • And I know that sounds menial or trivial,
  • 00:10:24.190 --> 00:10:27.190
  • but to me, that was huge.
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  • - Big deal.
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  • - To me, that was-- - Amen.
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  • - Yeah, you might as well
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  • just tell me not to eat
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  • for like three days if I have no coffee.
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  • At the time, I was working 50, 60 hour weeks
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  • between physical therapy and a church.
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  • And so, it was just a really hard time,
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  • I was like I need my coke and coffee.
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  • But I did,
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  • for 30 days, I fasted coke and coffee.
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  • And in that time, the Lord softened my heart.
  • 00:10:51.200 --> 00:10:55.060
  • - Yeah. Amazing.
  • 00:10:55.060 --> 00:10:56.200
  • - When all that noise was taken away.
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  • - Yes.
  • 00:10:59.160 --> 00:11:00.160
  • - And I could hear his voice,
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  • more clearly because there's a dependence, on him.
  • 00:11:02.120 --> 00:11:06.120
  • When you learn to depend on the material,
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  • the food, the drink, the caffeine,
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  • you start to be less dependent on the Lord,
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  • and you start to not hear his voice.
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  • - Right.
  • 00:11:16.270 --> 00:11:17.250
  • - And clearly he's knocking,
  • 00:11:17.250 --> 00:11:19.030
  • and he's like, no, this is what I want for you,
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  • I want you to salvage your marriage,
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  • I want you to be open to counseling,
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  • I want you to be open to forgiveness
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  • and letting go of the bitterness.
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  • Had I not fasted that coke and coffee,
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  • I don't know if we'd be celebrating 15 years today.
  • 00:11:32.120 --> 00:11:35.000
  • - Wow.
  • 00:11:35.000 --> 00:11:35.250
  • - Yes.
  • 00:11:35.250 --> 00:11:37.100
  • - And so that's where I love what you said about that.
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  • It changes our hearts,
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  • It changes us to be able to go okay, I hear you Lord.
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  • - I think we've lost the art of prayer and fasting,
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  • number one, because it's not being taught
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  • by some of our pastors.
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  • They're not doing it in their lives.
  • 00:11:52.270 --> 00:11:54.070
  • And so the people don't really know about it.
  • 00:11:54.070 --> 00:11:55.270
  • That's what I found in our church.
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  • We would teach on it and people were like,
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  • I've never heard this before,
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  • like I didn't know as a church,
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  • we should pray and fast,
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  • but I think it's being taught.
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  • But I also think some people
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  • are just too comfortable in their Christianity.
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  • And in this generation,
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  • we don't wanna deny ourselves of anything
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  • because we're instant generation that if I want something,
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  • I get it now.
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  • If I wanna prime something,
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  • I can get them within 24 hours.
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  • I don't have to wait for anything.
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  • I don't need to push through and contend for anything.
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  • (soft music)
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  • You can like,
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  • - We can't wait to see you there.
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  • - What would you say just for somebody
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  • who's never fasted before practically?
  • 00:12:40.260 --> 00:12:43.080
  • - Yeah.
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  • - Cause I oftentimes will fast a meal.
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  • - Yeah.
  • 00:12:45.140 --> 00:12:46.210
  • - And pray when I would be eating
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  • and God brings somebody to mind.
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  • What would you recommend
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  • for somebody who's never fasted before?
  • 00:12:50.190 --> 00:12:51.180
  • - Absolutely.
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  • I think if you're gonna just first start to pray,
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  • know that you're coming into, get your word,
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  • like mark a day where you know that you can.
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  • Sometimes we can fast and then like forget to eat
  • 00:13:00.070 --> 00:13:03.030
  • and we haven't prayed. - Right.
  • 00:13:03.030 --> 00:13:04.190
  • - We need intentional time we can find a spot and go,
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  • you know what, on a Friday,
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  • I'm gonna choose maybe my first half of the day,
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  • my morning through the lunch--
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  • - Morning all through 12pm.
  • 00:13:15.190 --> 00:13:17.100
  • - Yeah, yeah, and I'm going to read my word,
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  • and I'm gonna pray and allocate that time
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  • that when I'm normally making lunch or breakfast,
  • 00:13:22.080 --> 00:13:24.290
  • that I'm actually spending time in prayer
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  • and I'm telling you, if you just try that,
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  • see what happens, journal what happens
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  • then try the next week, try once a week,
  • 00:13:32.000 --> 00:13:34.180
  • and then maybe I can do a full day
  • 00:13:34.180 --> 00:13:37.050
  • and then do a full day and then--
  • 00:13:37.050 --> 00:13:38.200
  • - I always say keep it as a treasure between you and Jesus
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  • unless you're fasting with somebody
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  • that just go even if you work,
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  • don't fast your morning, you will be weak,
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  • but go...
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  • When I go out with my friends on Friday night.
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  • I'm gonna be like oh no, I'm good
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  • and drink water and just don't brag.
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  • - Right?
  • 00:13:55.250 --> 00:13:57.100
  • - See what he does when you start laying that down,
  • 00:13:57.100 --> 00:13:58.280
  • - Right.
  • 00:13:58.280 --> 00:14:00.130
  • - And if you really start, like with my kids,
  • 00:14:00.130 --> 00:14:01.110
  • we started that very early on
  • 00:14:01.110 --> 00:14:03.090
  • where we would just say no sweets.
  • 00:14:03.090 --> 00:14:05.290
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:14:05.290 --> 00:14:07.150
  • - Right, right.
  • 00:14:07.150 --> 00:14:08.280
  • - Beginning point for my kids was no sweets.
  • 00:14:08.280 --> 00:14:10.160
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:14:10.160 --> 00:14:11.220
  • - For 21 days, that's a big deal.
  • 00:14:11.220 --> 00:14:13.080
  • No sweets and my son even he got rewarded at school
  • 00:14:13.080 --> 00:14:17.060
  • with some candy because he got something right
  • 00:14:17.060 --> 00:14:19.180
  • instead he said to his teacher,
  • 00:14:19.180 --> 00:14:22.060
  • "No, I'm fasting at the moment
  • 00:14:22.060 --> 00:14:24.070
  • "you can give that to somebody else."
  • 00:14:24.070 --> 00:14:26.000
  • And I went oh,
  • 00:14:26.000 --> 00:14:27.020
  • - Wow. - Oh my goodness.
  • 00:14:27.020 --> 00:14:28.130
  • - Every other kid had a candy,
  • 00:14:28.130 --> 00:14:30.040
  • he put his away and I've watched even my son,
  • 00:14:30.040 --> 00:14:33.000
  • see God move on his behalf when he made the decision
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  • I wanna put you first.
  • 00:14:36.160 --> 00:14:37.290
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:14:37.290 --> 00:14:39.130
  • - Even just one candy giving it back is the beginning point.
  • 00:14:39.130 --> 00:14:42.180
  • - When we started fasting as a family
  • 00:14:42.180 --> 00:14:45.070
  • first my husband and I, we did it one year
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  • and we started off with the Daniel fast.
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  • It's great.
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  • You get your toes wet on the shallow end of the pool.
  • 00:14:51.140 --> 00:14:53.280
  • So Daniel fast, it's not a formal fast
  • 00:14:55.040 --> 00:14:58.190
  • but it's a great beginning.
  • 00:14:58.190 --> 00:15:00.060
  • Where it's grains, fruits, vegetables
  • 00:15:00.060 --> 00:15:03.210
  • and no soda, just liquids like water.
  • 00:15:03.210 --> 00:15:07.050
  • Some people make an allowance for tea,
  • 00:15:08.100 --> 00:15:10.070
  • which is a clear liquid.
  • 00:15:10.070 --> 00:15:12.050
  • I wouldn't suggest coffee because it's caffeine related
  • 00:15:12.050 --> 00:15:16.210
  • and it can cause an addiction.
  • 00:15:16.210 --> 00:15:19.210
  • And so for people that are new,
  • 00:15:19.210 --> 00:15:24.180
  • we'll start with the Daniel fast.
  • 00:15:24.180 --> 00:15:26.150
  • But as the girls were growing up,
  • 00:15:26.150 --> 00:15:28.170
  • I started doing the Daniel fast with them.
  • 00:15:28.170 --> 00:15:31.090
  • And so they never knew they were fasting.
  • 00:15:31.090 --> 00:15:34.140
  • But all of a sudden,
  • 00:15:34.140 --> 00:15:35.270
  • we started explaining some of the things,
  • 00:15:35.270 --> 00:15:38.120
  • the concepts of why we're fasting.
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  • And so the following year,
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  • we started like, probably when they were four or five,
  • 00:15:42.240 --> 00:15:46.030
  • they grew with us in the fasting years.
  • 00:15:46.030 --> 00:15:48.240
  • So they started off with Daniel,
  • 00:15:49.290 --> 00:15:51.290
  • then as the girls got older,
  • 00:15:51.290 --> 00:15:53.280
  • they got stronger with the discipline.
  • 00:15:53.280 --> 00:15:56.010
  • - One of my first fasting experiences was only three days.
  • 00:15:56.010 --> 00:15:59.070
  • - Yeah.
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  • - [Rebecca] We had just moved to a new city
  • 00:16:00.150 --> 00:16:02.100
  • and literally, I felt lost,
  • 00:16:02.100 --> 00:16:05.100
  • like my husband's on this new team,
  • 00:16:05.100 --> 00:16:07.290
  • what do you want me to do?
  • 00:16:07.290 --> 00:16:08.270
  • - Right. - Yeah.
  • 00:16:08.270 --> 00:16:09.230
  • - So I told my husband,
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  • I'm going to the hotel motel for three days.
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  • My juice, I ate a king size snicker before I went.
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  • (all laugh)
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  • I did.
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  • I took my juice and my water
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  • and went through the wilderness, fought the devil.
  • 00:16:23.240 --> 00:16:26.020
  • - Yes.
  • 00:16:26.020 --> 00:16:27.080
  • - [Rebecca] You know what I'm saying.
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  • - The first day.
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  • - Its not just with my body.
  • 00:16:29.280 --> 00:16:31.010
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:16:31.010 --> 00:16:32.060
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:16:32.060 --> 00:16:33.250
  • - What did your body craves during that time?
  • 00:16:35.060 --> 00:16:37.010
  • - I'm talking the thoughts of the enemy.
  • 00:16:37.010 --> 00:16:39.170
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:16:39.170 --> 00:16:40.230
  • - Zooming in God doesn't wanna listen to you.
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  • Why are you here?
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  • You know all that.
  • 00:16:42.120 --> 00:16:43.110
  • And by day three,
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  • I mean, like angels were singing in my room.
  • 00:16:44.240 --> 00:16:47.190
  • I remember I had a cassette player
  • 00:16:47.190 --> 00:16:49.170
  • that did not play on auto-reverse,
  • 00:16:49.170 --> 00:16:52.020
  • so you have to turn it over.
  • 00:16:52.020 --> 00:16:54.040
  • And one night I woke up
  • 00:16:54.040 --> 00:16:56.060
  • and there was a song playing and being a musician,
  • 00:16:56.060 --> 00:16:59.010
  • God always uses music.
  • 00:16:59.010 --> 00:17:00.090
  • And the song was by Tramaine Hawkins
  • 00:17:00.090 --> 00:17:01.290
  • and it says, I still want you.
  • 00:17:01.290 --> 00:17:03.250
  • Because the devil been telling me God don't want you.
  • 00:17:05.050 --> 00:17:06.270
  • Why are you in here praying, like God cares about you?
  • 00:17:06.270 --> 00:17:09.080
  • And the song came on
  • 00:17:09.080 --> 00:17:10.200
  • and I woke up in the middle of the night
  • 00:17:10.200 --> 00:17:11.270
  • just with the glory of the Lord in my room,
  • 00:17:11.270 --> 00:17:14.070
  • God saying to me, I still want you
  • 00:17:14.070 --> 00:17:16.230
  • because no one else can do what I've called you to do,
  • 00:17:16.230 --> 00:17:18.150
  • That I jumped off the bed
  • 00:17:18.150 --> 00:17:19.230
  • and started writing down
  • 00:17:21.010 --> 00:17:22.070
  • everything he was pouring into my heart,
  • 00:17:22.070 --> 00:17:23.140
  • which turned out to be 10 years down the road,
  • 00:17:23.140 --> 00:17:26.130
  • everything he spoke over me I'm doing now.
  • 00:17:26.130 --> 00:17:29.070
  • So music, entertainment, all these things,
  • 00:17:29.070 --> 00:17:32.100
  • God's will is for us to be satisfied with who we are,
  • 00:17:32.100 --> 00:17:37.100
  • where we are, what we possess
  • 00:17:38.060 --> 00:17:40.040
  • and where we're going in life.
  • 00:17:40.040 --> 00:17:42.050
  • And that satisfaction often
  • 00:17:42.050 --> 00:17:45.020
  • is not about accumulation.
  • 00:17:45.020 --> 00:17:48.070
  • But it's about settling the heart and settling the soul
  • 00:17:48.070 --> 00:17:51.270
  • around God as its source, and not around things.
  • 00:17:51.270 --> 00:17:56.250
  • And so fasting in it's biblical sense
  • 00:17:56.250 --> 00:18:00.060
  • refers to food and not eating food.
  • 00:18:00.060 --> 00:18:03.230
  • But there is a fast of self denial
  • 00:18:03.230 --> 00:18:07.040
  • that can come in many forms.
  • 00:18:07.040 --> 00:18:08.170
  • I certainly have heard God, fast me from shopping.
  • 00:18:08.170 --> 00:18:11.200
  • Yes, Lord, but I didn't do that.
  • 00:18:13.090 --> 00:18:15.150
  • Fast from media,
  • 00:18:15.150 --> 00:18:17.180
  • fast from social media, fast from Instagram.
  • 00:18:17.180 --> 00:18:20.140
  • Fast from worrying about what people are thinking of me.
  • 00:18:20.140 --> 00:18:24.080
  • Like, I've just today,
  • 00:18:24.080 --> 00:18:26.020
  • I've had time where I want to check my Instagram
  • 00:18:26.020 --> 00:18:28.200
  • and the Lord's like, don't read it.
  • 00:18:28.200 --> 00:18:30.120
  • And I'm like, oh, I wanna see how my post is.
  • 00:18:31.230 --> 00:18:33.120
  • He's like, don't read it.
  • 00:18:33.120 --> 00:18:34.130
  • Because I want you to not care
  • 00:18:34.130 --> 00:18:36.070
  • about how people feel about what you said.
  • 00:18:37.140 --> 00:18:40.000
  • - I had an eating disorder for 20 years
  • 00:18:40.000 --> 00:18:41.250
  • and talk about when I was coming out of my eating disorder.
  • 00:18:41.250 --> 00:18:44.240
  • It was actually through fasting,
  • 00:18:44.240 --> 00:18:47.030
  • which is an incredible thing,
  • 00:18:47.030 --> 00:18:48.170
  • because the very thing that I'm denying myself of
  • 00:18:48.170 --> 00:18:50.160
  • but I tell you what,
  • 00:18:50.160 --> 00:18:52.110
  • God revealed that it was actually unforgiveness in my heart.
  • 00:18:52.110 --> 00:18:54.270
  • I was holding unforgiveness towards my mom
  • 00:18:54.270 --> 00:18:58.230
  • and the control that I had
  • 00:18:58.230 --> 00:19:00.110
  • was actually the essence of my eating disorder.
  • 00:19:00.110 --> 00:19:03.000
  • It's not about being a size zero.
  • 00:19:03.000 --> 00:19:04.090
  • It was about control.
  • 00:19:04.090 --> 00:19:05.150
  • - Right.
  • 00:19:05.150 --> 00:19:06.090
  • - And when I fasted
  • 00:19:06.090 --> 00:19:07.150
  • it was actually where God revealed that.
  • 00:19:07.150 --> 00:19:08.050
  • I got delivered.
  • 00:19:08.050 --> 00:19:09.070
  • But then, was funny, because then when I was practicing,
  • 00:19:10.210 --> 00:19:14.060
  • praying and fasting again,
  • 00:19:14.060 --> 00:19:15.130
  • I would feel the enemy going in
  • 00:19:15.130 --> 00:19:16.270
  • and go, oh, look at that, you're gonna look good again.
  • 00:19:16.270 --> 00:19:19.120
  • I used to have to say to my husband,
  • 00:19:19.120 --> 00:19:21.120
  • I need to keep accountable for this
  • 00:19:21.120 --> 00:19:23.030
  • because and I know there's people watching
  • 00:19:23.030 --> 00:19:24.230
  • and you've got eating disorders
  • 00:19:24.230 --> 00:19:26.070
  • and you are like what about this is my hang up,
  • 00:19:26.070 --> 00:19:28.290
  • when you submit it to the spirit,
  • 00:19:28.290 --> 00:19:31.150
  • it will shift something.
  • 00:19:31.150 --> 00:19:33.050
  • - That's right.
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  • - Now the pattern of my life is so great,
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  • that that's not what--
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  • - Physical weaknesses and spiritual strengths
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  • are so often symbiotic in God's economy,
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  • and we don't want to talk about that.
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  • Over and over again, Jesus compelled people,
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  • he encouraged to say, I can't do it myself.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - [Lisa] And our culture wants to go, I got it.
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  • - That's right.
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  • - We are like no, no, no,
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  • and part of fasting is just us,
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  • sitting in the fact that we don't have the power
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  • it's going did you have control?
  • 00:19:59.170 --> 00:20:02.150
  • - Yeah, I didn't
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  • - Or so you thought.
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  • - The Lord has been super super faithful
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  • to show me that you know what,
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  • when you're faithful and fasting,
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  • I'll be faithful to be near to you.
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  • Because all the noise and the junk
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  • that I can get distracted with,
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  • especially with media, or food, or chocolate,
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  • or any of those things that can be kind of a distraction,
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  • and sometimes I don't hear the voice of the Lord as clearly.
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  • And I gotta say,
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  • when I fast something, when I give up something,
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  • that means a lot to me.
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  • It just makes it so much easier for me to hear
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  • the voice of God.
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  • - People have underestimated the power
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  • and the authority you gain just like Jesus gained authority.
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  • - That's right.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - He gained the authority over the enemy,
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  • so much that the Word became his meal.
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  • - That's right.
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  • - The word came out of his mouth,
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  • and the third temptation was the word delivered
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  • and Satan had to flee.
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  • - If you are watching and you're struggling with addiction
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  • You're struggling even with self medicating with food.
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  • - That's good.
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  • - I tell you the power of denying your flesh
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  • and allowing your spirit to rise up,
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  • gains an authority of that which has authority over you.
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  • Pornography, all these things
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  • that you feel have a stronghold
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  • because they all come from flesh dependence, carnal
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  • and they are carnal,
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  • what fasting does it says,
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  • my affection is for you Jesus, I'm putting you first.
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  • Therefore that which is on the outside
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  • that's gonna snuff out
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  • and your spirit will grow within me.
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  • Again the authority it's why when in Matthew,
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  • the disciples came in they couldn't deliver the demon
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  • out of the young boy
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  • and Jesus said, "Hey you do have to pray and fast,
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  • "cause this--
  • 00:21:46.260 --> 00:21:47.290
  • - That's right.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - "Comes out through prayer and fasting."
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  • There is an authority that we get,
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  • - That's right.
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  • - When we deny ourselves
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  • and I think so many people don't do it
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  • because they think they're losing something,
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  • but actually in fasting they are gaining.
  • 00:22:00.110 --> 00:22:03.090
  • - We forget too that Jesus was completely incarnate
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  • when He fasted for 40 days,
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  • so he actually got physically weak.
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  • - Yes.
  • 00:22:11.270 --> 00:22:13.040
  • - And then you see the authority with the enemy
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  • and it's like he wasn't...
  • 00:22:15.060 --> 00:22:16.230
  • He didn't have like some kind of, spirit quitties,
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  • he actually didn't eat for 40 days.
  • 00:22:20.220 --> 00:22:22.270
  • - Yes.
  • 00:22:22.270 --> 00:22:24.110
  • - So his body he chose to step into a suta skin was weak,
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  • and that is that moment of such authority,
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  • definitive authority with the enemy.
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  • And I just wanna--
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  • - Well, could you think about it?
  • 00:22:34.240 --> 00:22:36.180
  • Adam was the first, first Adam.
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  • - Right.
  • 00:22:38.180 --> 00:22:39.240
  • - Jesus is known as the second Adam.
  • 00:22:39.240 --> 00:22:40.100
  • - Right.
  • 00:22:40.100 --> 00:22:41.170
  • - He gets tempted the second time around.
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  • Adam, and Eve were tempted with strength.
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  • - That's right.
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  • - Yes.
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  • - Oh my God.
  • 00:22:47.130 --> 00:22:48.090
  • - That's right.
  • 00:22:48.090 --> 00:22:49.250
  • - And here Jesus has denied himself his greater authority.
  • 00:22:49.250 --> 00:22:51.030
  • - That's right.
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  • - Yeah.
  • 00:22:51.280 --> 00:22:53.050
  • - I tell you, there's something in that.
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  • I just want to pray for you guys,
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  • that you just take the first step,
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  • first step of prayer and fasting
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  • and watch what God will do in your own lives
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  • through this beautiful discipline that he gives us.
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  • Father, I just thank you for every viewer
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  • that is watching right now
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  • and perhaps doesn't know
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  • where to start with fasting and prayer.
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  • Lord I pray that you would just lead them to take one step.
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  • And as they take that first step of obedience,
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  • in just denying maybe one meal a day,
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  • or just a day where they just pray,
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  • drink fluids or whatever it is,
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  • God I pray that you would bring revelation
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  • through your word and that you would speak
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  • so clear that they would hear you
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  • like that never heard you before.
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  • So Father God, open the eyes of understanding,
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  • the ears of their heart,
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  • and let them receive beautiful revelation
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  • as they grow deep in their relationship with you.
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  • In your name we pray.
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  • Amen.
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  • there were just so many miracles in my life
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  • as a child before I even really knew God
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  • before I even had the capacity to pray for myself.
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