FASTING TO PUT WEIGHT ON YOUR PRAYER IS NOT A NEW COVENANT NECESSITY. IT PRACTICALLY NEGATES THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS. BEAR IN MIND THAT WHEN YOU PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS, YOU ARE NOT PRAYING ON YOUR OWN MERIT, BUT ON THE MERIT OF CHRIST AND HIS FINISHED WORK ON THE CROSS.
YOU SEE, IN CHRIST, YOU DON’T HAVE TO PERSUADE GOD TO ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS. GOD WAS SO PLEASED WITH THE SACRIFICE OF HIS SON ON THE CROSS FOR US; SO THAT UNDER THE NEW COVENANT, GOD IS MORE THAN WILLING TO FREELY GIVE US ALL THINGS TO BRING GLORY TO HIS SON.
(Rom 8:32) “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things”
THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST ON THE CROSS CHANGES PRAYER UNDER THE NEW COVENANT BECAUSE BELIEVERS ARE MADE PERFECT FOREVER.
(Hebrews 10:14) “Because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy”
PRAYER UNDER GRACE (NEW COVENANT) BECOMES A LIFESTYLE OF GRATITUDE TO GOD BECAUSE OF THE ABUNDANT PROVISION OF GRACE BESTOWED UPON US THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.
(Hebrews 13:15) “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that confess his name.”
(1 Thes 5:17-18) “Pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”
FURTHERMORE, IT WAS BECAUSE OF CHRIST’S OBEDIENCE TO THE FATHER THAT IN CHRIST, WE BECAME RIGHTEOUS BEFORE GOD.
(Romans 5:19) “For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man (Jesus) the many will be made righteous”
WHEN CHRIST FULLY SATISFIED ALL THE RIGHTEOUS REQUIREMENTS OF THE LAW, GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS, DEMANDS OUR FORGIVENESS AND ACQUITTAL AND THEREFORE, WE ARE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST.
(2Co 5:21) “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
UNDER THE NEW COVENANT, “RIGHTEOUSNESS” IS A GIFT RECEIVED BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
(Rom 5:17) “For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.”
THIS “GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS” ASSURED US THAT GOD HEARS OUR PRAYERS.
(Proverbs 15:29) “The Lord is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous”
(Pro. 3:33) “The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.”
(Psalm 55:22) “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”
(Pro. 13:21) “Misfortune pursues the sinner, but prosperity is the reward of the righteous.
(Pro. 13:22b) “A sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.”
(Psalm 1:6a) “The Lord watches over the way of the righteous.”
(Psalm 5:12) “For surely, o Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”
(Psalm 34:17) “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.”
BEAR IN MIND THAT UNDER THE NEW COVENANT WE ARE ADMONISHED TO LIVE BY FAITH.
(Rom. 1:17) “The righteous shall live by faith.”
THE BIBLE SAYS:
(Matt 9:29) “According to your faith it shall be done to you.
(2 Cor. 5:7) “We walk by faith not by sight.”
(1 Tim 6:12) “Fight a good fight of faith.”
(Heb 11:6) “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”
UNDER GRACE (NEW COVENANT), WE ARE ADMONISHED TO FIX OUR EYES ON JESUS, THE AUTHOR AND THE FINISHED OF OUR FAITH.
(Heb. 12:2) “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”
IF YOU ARE FASTING BECAUSE YOU DON’T WANT TO INTERRUPT YOUR COMMUNION WITH GOD IN PRAYER, PRAISE AND WORSHIP, THEN BY ALL MEANS DO SO OR WHEN YOU ARE STUDYING THE WORD OF GOD AND YOU DON’T WANT TO INTERRUPT THE CONTINUOUS FLOW OF WISDOM AND REVELATION FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT THEN AGAIN BY ALL MEANS DO FAST. HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE FASTING TO PUT WEIGHT ON YOUR PRAYER OR TO EARN MERIT OR FAVOR WITH GOD, THEN THAT IS A DIFFERENT STORY.
DO NOT LIVE YOUR LIFE AS IF CHRIST ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING!
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!