The Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo has stated that prayer and fasting is a commandment and not an admonition. He stated this yesterday during the Special Communion Service at Faith Tabernacle, Headquarters of the global commission also known as Winners’ Chapel International, adding that prayer and fasting is a platform for a one-man ever-winning army that doesn’t need a partnership for delivery. He maintained that Christians need to change their approach to improve their results.
On how to maximize the spiritual exercise, the cleric outlined several Do’s and Don’ts’s to be strictly adhered to by anyone engaging in it for effective delivery of the New Dawn packages for 2018, namely:
- Come confessing and forsaking our sins. Don’t assume forgiveness
- Refuse to be offended in God and men – Mt 11:6
- Draw up your prayer goals and objectives – Mk 10:51
- Schedule a word study time – Jn 8:31/ 2 Tim. 2:15
- Engage with your heart in seeking God – Ps. 27:8/ Jer. 30:21
- Engage in kingdom-advancement prayers
Quoting from Hosea 6:2, the Apostle of Faith urged every Winner to approach the fasting and praying season with all seriousness: “We can draw up a 3-day module during the course of these 21 days for specific deliverables. Remember, fasting without praying is just hunger strike and without word study, you are just dieting,” he admonished, adding that every partaker of the spiritual exercise should “wake up and get ready for an awesome experience in these 21 days of prayer and fasting.”
The 21-day prayer and fasting season which is observed every January by of members of the Living Faith Church is an annual spiritual exercise aimed at setting the stage for the year both as a commission and as individuals. The exercise which started many years ago has continued to serve as a platform for many turn-around testimonies for the church and its members. This year, the exercise will last from January 8 – 28, 2017.