Matthew 17:24-27;22:15, Mark 12; Luke 20, Jesus said, Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, to God what belongs to God. The Biblical accounts of Gospels in Capernaum said tax collectors of two drachma temple tax asked Peter if Jesus pays tax, he said He does. If Jesus paid taxes then what did Jesus teach His disciples? Matthew records two taxes Jesus paid in Matthew 17:24-27; 22:15-22 temple tax and tax to government in Rome. People asked Jesus: “Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar?” It was a ploy to set a trap for Jesus. But He saw through their attempt to manipulate Him and falsely accuse Him of asking people not to pay. So obliged to pay the tax, Jesus paid His taxes with the coin from the mouth of a fish Peter caught. Tax collector cornered Peter and asked if Jesus paid the temple tax. Later in Matthew 17:2427 Jesus said to Peter at home, “Simon, does the kings collect taxes from their own children or from other people? Peter answered the others. And Jesus replied we don’t want to cause trouble go cast a net in the lake and the first fish you catch open mouth, and you will find a coin. Use coin to pay your taxes and mine.” Take it and give them for my tax and yours.”Jesus told the Pharisees and Herodians to give to Caesar things belong to Caesar in Mark 12. The issue is controversial as people disagree on how the government spends money. Some people feel angry because their needs are not met though they pay tax. The Bible example of Jesus to pay taxes again in Gospel of Matthew Mark and Luke are other account of the Pharisees trying to trap Jesus to find the reason to accuse him. In Matthew 22:15-22 Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap Jesus to use His words against Him.Pharisees disciples with Herodians said “Teacher,” they said, “we know you are sincere so teach the way of God in truth. You are not influenced by men. Tell us, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” Jesus, knowing their evil intention said, “You hypocrites why are you trying to trap me? Show a coin for paying tax.” They brought him a denarius and He asked them, “Whose head inscription?” They said, “Caesar’s. Then He said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God belongs to God.” When they heard this, they were amazed so they left him and went away.If Jesus refused to pay or He condemned Caesar they will accuse Jesus of inciting rebellion. People had no choice but to pay as Jesus also did. And Zachaeus a tax collector climbed a tree to see Jesus passing by. Impressed Jesus dined in his home during meal he decided to restore money he extorted by collecting taxes in Mark 2:13-17. In Psalm 24:1, The earth is the LORD’S and everything in it but life requires money to function, pay staff, provide services, resources, processing, printing costs, transporting goods. And maintaining the structures and repairs restoration, regeneration, grounds and gardens etc. Too numerous to list costs of services provided by the nations. Amazon, Google, Wealthy Offshore accounts do not pay tax proportionately fairly like others.Jesus and His disciples voluntarily gave to the Temple tax and state to set a good example. Taxes paid directly to local tax collectors who decided what people pay. Tax collectors paid by charging people more to earn money. Levi, the apostle was the customs official in Capernaum taxed imports and exports as he liked. The Jews hated him because he worked for Rome and betrayed his countrymen. Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector for the Jericho district notorious for taxes changed meeting Jesus of Nazareth.People are saying the tax exemption for Churches are unfair making mega rich pastors super wealthy multimillionaires Church members struggle to pay bills, food, mortgage, health insurance, fees or basic necessities of life. Private jets, mansions get bigger, fleet of cars longer but members poor. Its a major source of tension rich multi billionaires are state sponsored in extravagant lifestyles. Schools reduce hours, hospitals cut staff budget reduced. The churches use tithe, offerings, donations, for salaries wages, cost of projects, feed orphans, help poor under the radar, homeless, HIV, disaster flood victims, TV ministry, preaching, teaching Gospel Message of Jesus Christ, Evangelism etc. among wonderful work of God. Admission fee puts people off so first time Benny Hinn was at NEC entry was free. Thousands turned up with no room for overflow solved crowd control next visit with ticket admission. Only a few people turned up venue was almost empty. God said nobody must enter HIS Presence empty handed so Jesus talked about the widow’s mite even poor give. In Exodus 23:15 God said, no one shall appear before ME empty-handed. Also in Exodus 34:20 God said no one must appear before ME empty-handed. Again in Deuteronomy 16:16 God said do not appear before the LORD empty-handed.Gap between the rich and poor widens causing hunger and the stress, pressure, unemployment, lack, in deprived areas. No resources for disadvantaged so most public servants cannot get on the home ownership ladder. Many depend on the food banks despite their hard work and education. Zero hour job wastes time of trained staff without job or income. And the popular highly influential Christian leaders spew wrong ideas as ‘Christian Ideas.’ Don’t be misled…Study the bible yourself to know the truth of the Word of Christ. Read Bible as JesusFollowers and Christian’s. Some think Churches must follow Jesus’ example to provide fairly for the least in society too. So gap between rich and poor widens as many continue to suffer daily, starve and die in the most advance developed wealthy countries. Unfortunately a Class divide disproportionately allocate lion share to themselves as the world watches them flaunt it in their faces daily. 1 Timothy 6:10 says the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Craving more money is cause of all evil in doing so wander from true faith so pierce themselves with sorrow.A Christian family is fined taxes saying it is against God’s will to pay taxes. The Christian family refused to pay income tax because its “against God’s will” but are ordered to pay more than A$2m tax (£1.1m $1.4m) to Australia’s tax office. It is Christian debate Rembertus Cornelis Beerepoot and Fanny Alida Beerepoot of Tasmania do not pay income tax since 2011 as their religious right. Their farm was seized and sold by a local council in 2017 for not paying seven years of tax rates. Ms Beerepoot told the court: “We don’t own anything because it is God’s.” The siblings represented themselves in Supreme Court of Tasmania Wednesday, after did not pay $930,000 in income tax or other charges in 2017 ABC News said.Rembertus Cornelis Beerepoot (left) and Fanny Alida Beerepoot (far right) seen here outside the court in Tasmania. Mr Beerepoot argued the law of God is the “supreme law of this land” and making people pay tax weakens dependency on God, leading to “curses… in the form of droughts and infertility.” “Transferring allegiance from God to Commonwealth means rebelling against God breaking first commandment,” he said, according to the public broadcaster. In judgement, Associate Justice Stephen Holt said he believed Beerepoots’ beliefs is genuinely held but there is no specific reference in Bible to support their argument. “In my view, Bible effectively said civil matters and law of God operate in two different spheres.” So the siblings ordered to pay sums of – Ms Beerepoot A$1.17m and Mr Beereport A$1.16m to cover income tax, administrative penalties and all interest charges” and costs in court documents. What do you think about various views?
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The students at the University of Oxford voted to ban a Christian group from one of their colleges because it will threaten their “physical and mental safety.” The JCR at Lady Margaret Hall have voted overwhelmingly in favour of banning Christian Concern group from hosting a residential summer camp on the Oxford premises because their values do not align with those of the college. Christian Concern members protested outside the abortion clinics and its founder Andrea Williams believes in the criminalisation of homosexuality. She claimed the earth is only 4,000 years old not the 4.5 billion years by science community. The group wants to host the residential camp for young people, aims to train and equip the invited students on what it means to proclaim Christ in public life, but JCR members vote rejects the residency by a margin of 81 votes to eight, with two absentia. According to student newspaper OxStu, “members of the JCR spoke in the debate recognised Christian Concern as “real threat to the physical and mental safety of students.” One student made point “we’re inviting them into our home and we can’t invite people who stand against our values.” The debate was consultative, but the college’s governing body will make its final decision next week. The move is understood to be driven by the LGBT students who say they wouldn’t feel so welcome if the college gives platform to the Christian camp. There is a perceived threat because of organisation’s history of pro-life choice protests outside the abortion clinics. The camp is supposed to take place next summer, before term starts but no fixed date has been set. Although the vast majority of students will not be at the college, some will be on site doing research projects. Around 60 postgraduates live permanently on site. In a statement to The OxStu, Oxford student newspaper, a JCR spokesperson said: “The JCR met to discuss and pass a motion that they oppose the Christian group coming. But, until a decision is made, it would not be appropriate to comment further.”
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Benson Idahosa came out and waved at pilot frantically. The plane stopped and steps lowered so pilot came down to know what the issue was. Idahosa said “I have God’s servants who must go to Lagos.”And Captain said “we are loaded to capacity all seats full.” Idahosa said, “Never mind. Let me on board. They all know me through ‘Redemption Hour TV Idahosa’s program. Let me talk to them” so Idahosa climbed onto the plane and walked down the crowded aisles prayed silently as he returned to the front. He turned round facing the passengers and started “Excuse me friends, I have God’s two special servants in my car going to Lagos today on this plane. Two of you get off so God’s servants can board. God will bless you, he waited a minute, no one moved but seemed praying Idahosa slowly walked aisle again, approached the rear, a young man rose from the back of plane and asked person sitting next to him to get up. Idahosa pointing, said you can go tomorrow, travel later. They both gathered their belonging and proceeded from plane. Benson Idahosa stopped the first man in in the aisle of plane. He asked him “young man, what is your name and what do you do?” My name is Aliko Dangote and my assistant the young man replied. “I am a trader, a businessman impressed Benson Idahosa responded, “The World will get up for you” Christian passengers responded “Amen.” My God will bless you! God will take you and your business beyond Africa and bless you beyond measure.” Before descending the steps, Idahosa turned and raised his hands with tears in his eyes, praised the Lord and blessed the remaining passengers for their patience. As all spontaneously clapped, he said see you on ‘Redemption Hour’ on Sunday. T.L and Daisy Osborn boarded plane for their next flights. God blesses the obedient to eat the good of the land says. Isaiah 1:19 says helping others makes God Help you. Indeed, the world stands up for Aliko Dangote Nigerian Billionaire($16.3Bn networth) presently the 23rd richest in the world and the richest in Africa. He flies one of the best jets in the country. So believe in the LORD GOD to Establish you, believe his Prophets to prosper according to 2 Chronicles 20:20. Dangote employs over 11,000 people, excluding contrators and the vendors, businesses that depend on Dangote to thrive. A humble man, above all God blesses anyone in any country of the world because God is not respector of persons so not biased exclusively to only a selected privileged few. The most interesting part of this true living story is that the Christian Prophet blessed the Muslim man and his assistant willing to honour God’s WORDS through Benson Idahosa HIS servant now passed to be with the LORD in Glory.
All was well for Alhaji Kassim Ajisebata. Business was booming, prospects were looming and he had friends in high places. He was a well-known business man in Kaduna, Nigeria, well established and wealthy. But these good times ended all too soon as his life took a tragic twist. His business collapsed and his close associates flee. Having lost everything he had labored for, he found himself moving from one spiritualist to another, desperate for a way out. The ‘way out’ they offered him came in the form of charms and mysterious items. In one extreme desperation, he was taken to a stream and taught some diabolical incantations. He was also given various evil items supposedly to restore his fortunes but he discovered that they did the absolute opposite. The items included pots with sand inside, black soap, a sponge, oil and other strange substances. He was also given a cloth from the graveyard which he was told to keep under his pillow. These practices isolated him from normal life. His friends became the dead and his comfort was the graveyard. Both day and night, he would be tormented by dead people, following him and hunting him down. He was a dead man living. With his body plagued with sickness, he began in earnest to seek for deliverance. One night in a dream, he saw many elderly people coming towards him and then he heard a voice say, “Go to Prophet T.B. Joshua”. At that instant, he woke up and determined to visit The SCOAN. Alhaji Kassim Ajisebata Sitting in The SCOAN Sunday Service the previous week, the man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua pointed him out, prophesying that he had some mysterious objects in his house. Confirming the prophecy, he declared that it was 100 percent accurate. He went back home and returned last Sunday with his diabolical items. He displayed the mysterious diabolical items before the children of God, exposing what he had previously hidden, even from his own wife. Emphasizing that these items are now rendered powerless, Alhaji Kassim Ajisebata spoke of the freedom he had received in spirit, soul and body after receiving the prophecy. Now, he no longer has nightmares or sees dead people. He has peace and rest of mind and is free from diabetes and many other afflictions that had turned his body into an altar of sicknesses. He advised people to run to God and not away from Him. Short of words to express her joy at the freedom that has now taken over her once fetish home, his wife thanked God for delivering the family.
such exclusive statement may confuse, surprise, or even offend, but it is true nonetheless. The Bible teaches that there is no other way to salvation than through Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself says in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” He is not a way, He is the ONE WAY, the ONE ONLY WAY despite reputation, achievement, special knowledge, or personal holiness, come to GOD through HIS Son Jesus. Jesus is the ONLY way to heaven for the reason Jesus was “chosen by God” to be the Saviour in 1 Peter 2:4. Jesus is the ONLY ONE to Who came down from heaven and returned there in John 3:13. He is ONLY Person Who lived a perfect human life in Hebrews 4:15. He is the ONLY Sacrifice for sin in 1 John 2:2; and Hebrews 10:26. He Alone fulfill the Law and the Prophets in Matthew 5:17. He is the ONLY Man to conquer death forever in Hebrews 2:14–15. He is the ONLY Mediator between God and man says 1 Timothy 2:5. He is the ONLY Man Eho God exalts to the highest place” in Philippians 2:9. Jesus spoke of Himself as the ONLY WAY to heaven in several places besides John 14:6. He presented Himself as word made flesh in John 1:1 of faith in Matthew 7:21–27. He said His words are life in John 6:63. He promised those who believe in Him have eternal life in John 3:14–15). He is Shepherd gate of the sheep in John 10:7; bread of life in John 6:35, the resurrection and the life in John 11:25. No one rightly claim those titles. The apostle’s preaching focus on the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Peter, speaking to the Sanhedrin, proclaimed Jesus as the ONLY WAY to heaven: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no OTHER NAME under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” in Acts 4:12. Paul, told the synagogue in Antioch, Jesus is their Saviour: “So know through Jesus’ the forgiveness of sins proclaimed to you, through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin in Acts 13:38–39. John, wrote to Church that the Name of Christ is basis of our forgiveness: “I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins are forgiven on account of His Name” in 1 John 2:12. No one but Jesus forgives sin so we forgive others in the Name of Jesus. Eternal life in heaven is made possible ONLY through Christ. So Jesus prayed, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you the ONLY TRUE GOD and Jesus Christ, whom you sent” in John 17:3. To receive God’s free gift of salvation, we look to Jesus and Jesus Alone. We must trust in Jesus’ death on the Cross as our payment for sin and in His resurrection. “Righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe in Romans 3:22. At one point in Jesus’ ministry, many of the crowd were turning their backs on Him and leaving in hopes of finding another saviour. Jesus asked Twelve, “Do you want to go away too?”in John 6:67. Peter’s replied, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the WORDS of ETERNAL life so we believe and know, you are the Holy One of God” in John 6:68–69. Share Peter’s faith eternal life resides ONLY in Jesus Christ. Have you made a decision for Christ because of what you read here? If so, click on the “I accept Christ today” button below ONLY in Jesus Christ is LORD of your life. Did you make decision for Christ because of believe and receive Jesus and repent of all sins? If so, please click on the “I have accepted Christ today” button below.
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Loving calm dogs bring joy to people so are adorable and loyal to owners. In life evil dogs attacking people are put down so Philippians 3:2 in Bible says ”Beware of evil dog and evil worker’s concisions. Psalm 22:20, says Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from power of the dog.” In Matthew 12:43 “An unclean spirit goes out of a man, walks through dry places seeking rest if it finds none returns with seven worse spirits.” The demon spirit of dog in the dream is the marine sexual perversion. The dog through the dream blocks and pollutes destiny. This type of dream affect marriage, separate from God. A dog in dream means you are bondage of the devil. Whether a dog bites, chases, licks body, tears clothes, barks, moving tongues, in your house or compound training dog means covenant with sexual demon. Dream about dogs highlights sexual sins, backsliding or a marital problem, satanic bondage water spirit demons, temptation, evil friends against you, surrounded by demons or satanic bewitchment, spirit of anger or self hatred, the spirit of masturbation or uncontrollable character or adultery. If you see a dog in dream it means you are controlled by spirit of dog bondage that opens doors of sin and pride. So difficult for God to answer prayers speedily. If dream consistent do deep deliverance prayers to set your free in Jesus Name. INSTRUCTION: Embark on 7 days fasting and prayers from 6am-3pm. Pray with the following verses: Psalm 18:44, Matthew 9:13, 1 John 1:9, 2 Cor 10:3-6 PRAYER POINTS Father, I repent of all my sins committed in the past and present, in the Name of Jesus. Father, I ask for your mercy and forgiveness for my sin, in the Name of Jesus. I receive power to defeat evil dogs sent from the marine kingdom to cause problems in my life, in Jesus Name. Every evil dog barking against the blessings of God from locating me, shut up and die, in the Name of Jesus. Every agent of the devil using the spirit of dog to hold my life in bondage, break by fire, in Jesus Name evil covenant made over my life through the dog by water spirit, break by fire, in the Name of Jesus. A spiritual dog moving their tongue against me, die by fire, in the Name of Jesus. The arrow shot into my life in the dream by evil dogs, backfire, in the Name of Jesus. Evil seeds enemy sow into my life through this dream, be uprooted by fire, in the Name of Jesus. A spirit dog assigned to carry to push me into sin of fornication, gossip, backsliding etc, you are a liar, die, in the Name of Jesus. My life, reject the spirit of dog in the dream, in the Name of Jesus. Every strange dogs in the garden of my glory, disappear by fire, in the Name of Jesus. I bind legs of enemy into my life, in the Name of Jesus. Every unclean spirit made our home their habitation quit, BE TERMINATED by fire in the Name of Jesus. Any of my glory the enemy is plans to steal through this dog dream, I chase you away to the pit in the river, in the Name of Jesus. Every unrepentant enemy vowed to make me cry this year, fall down and die, in the Name of Jesus. I paralyze the hands and legs of every power assigned to destroy me, in the Name of Jesus. Ancestral dog brought out from the shrine because of me, go back to sender, in Jesus Name Every agenda of the enemy that wants me to embrace sin, get out my life in the Name of Jesus. Doors opened for enemy to attack me in ignorance and sin I close it by fire, in the Name of Jesus. Spiritual dog posing as husband in dream, catch fire, in the Name of Jesus. You satanic dogs that appears to me whenever I am about to prosper, die by fire, in Jesus Name Any sins magnetizing spiritual dog to attack me and my family get out of our life. I receive total repentance in Jesus Name. Any behaviour in me that affects my marriage and career, I get rid of you, go out of my life in Jesus Name. Holy Ghost fire, hide me and my family with your fire so my enemy will not see me, in the Name of Jesus. A spirit of dog in my life manifesting in my marriage, out of my life and expire today, in Jesus Name My Father, as I clap my hands the evil dog hiding in my dream and house, Fire of God, locate them and consume them to ashes in Jesus Name. Any curse from the dog barking, go back to sender, in Jesus Name. The dog spirit sleeping with me as spirit husband, catch fire, in the Name of Jesus. I release myself from the territory of satanic dogs in the name of Jesus. O God, let every dog poison and evil effect of serpentile activities in my life, be uprooted, in the Name of Jesus. Every spirit of dog, programmed into my body and home, I deprograme you in my life, in the Name of Jesus. HOLY GHOST FIRE BURN DOWN any man or woman using spiritual animals to try to frustrate our lives IN JESUS NAME. My Father, set me free from every bondage of sin in my life, set me free, in Jesus Name Blood of Jesus, wash all my sins away, in Jesus Name. I command evil dog programmer die in Jesus Name. The spirit of dog causing spouse to get tired of me die in Jesus Name. Things evil dog destroyed, stole, buried, I recover them 100 folds, in Jesus Name. Father, grant me the Grace to resist sin and evil in the Name of Jesus. Our homes will not be torn apart by enemy in Jesus Name (tell God secret sin). The reproductive organ of enemy programmed into my organ to cause childlessness, divorce, singleness, I reject you by fire, in the Name of Jesus. I cancel dreams seeing dogs copulating in Jesus name Every spirit of fornication holding me in bondage, break by fire, Every habit of masturbation, loose your hold over me, in Jesus name. I refuse to pollute my body and organs with others because of money and beauty, in Jesus Name I and my household are covered with the BLOOD of Jesus. Thank God for deliverance from the marine dog spirits in Jesus Name. Glory to God. Thank you Jesus for setting free from all evil spirits we are DELIVERED IN JESUS NAME!!!!!!!
Bible verses on fasting help decide the kind of fast and purpose of fast. In Luke 4:2-4 Jesus Fasted and Prayed 2 for forty days and was then tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days so was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God then turn stones into bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written man shall not live bread alone.’ Jesus told His disciples in Matthew 17:21 and Mark 9:29 in the Bible evil spirits of that kind is only driven out by prayer and fasting. Power of prayer and fasting enables intense time of prayer with God to focus more to seek the Face of God to become more empowered and receive God’s direction to take action. Except by prayer, answers and miracles from God are unattainable, hindered by spiritual wickedness in high places. Fasting is a Biblical normal part of Christian life in obedience for God to hear and answer prayer when HE wants to do so. People fast for various reasons in Bible, based on circumstances God is sought after. Prayer for breakthrough breaks barrier through power of the Holy Spirit’s outpouring. Fasting is part of God’s warfare strategy to defeat the demons of rebellion, pride, witchcraft, poverty and lack. When evil witchcraft spiritual attacks unfold God’s POWER manifest to destroy it in the Mighty Name of Jesus. The evil curses and witchcraft spells are broken and removed in the Name of Jesus to get solution to live in peace and experience healing from God in Jesus Name. Before starting a fast if you have any health or medical problems check with a doctor if on medication. A person starting fast, if first time, especially the young children fast half a day drinking water or fruit juice praying from 6am-12 noon is more than enough for God to answer prayer. If there are no health problems the next level is a full day fasting with water or fruit juice, to help the body to cope with withdrawal of food. If prayer or fasting lasts for three days it is wise to drink water or fruit juice to ensure the body is healthy and coping well. Jesus the Son of God’s body lasted without food for 40 days. An ordinary human body must be careful because the body lasts from two days to a week without liquids but the person’s health, weather and individual physical activity levels help determine how long a person lasts without water. Estimating how long bodies do without food or water tends to depend on weeks worth of reserve energy from food in the body already. Water regulates body temperature, digestion, waste disposal, hydration, 7 days is the maximum limit the body can cope. God’s General Robert Liardon once said, if prayer and fasting is not heard or answered by God within three days something is seriously wrong so join prayer agreement with matured mentor prayer warriors to deal with the root of persistent problem. If one defeat a thousand and two defeat ten thousand then to see value of corporate prayer in Jesus Name. Stop fasting immediately to seek deliverance and Godly direction to overcome challenges. Never start a dry fast without water and food more than three days unless trained Biblically first to know and understand the reasons for fasting. Do not fast for 7 days without any water or fruit unless you are under the authority and guidance of seasoned pastor among other believers for help or support. Do not copy people bragging of fasting: 10, 14, 21, 40, 70 days to think God will answer your prayer too. There is special reason long fasting is required in group fasting for the religious rituals. Children or sick people must never be forced to fast because you fast on behalf of family. The Bible allows intercession prayer on behalf of family household so everyone cannot be forced to partake in it before God HEARS. A personal prayer Jesus says, go into private closet to pray so God will hear to openly reward you.
Matthew 6:16-18 Fast in Secret
16 “When you fast, do not look sad like hypocrites to disfigure faces to show others you are fasting. Truly I tell you, you will not receive reward from God. 17 When you fast put oil on your head, wash your face 18 so it’s not obvious to others you are fasting, but only Father Goprayerssecret prayers to reward you.
Luke 18:1-12 Persistent Prayer
1. To prepare for ministry. Jesus spent 40 days and nights in wilderness fasting and praying before He did God’s work on earth. He spent time alone preparing for His Father’s work in Matthew 4:1-17; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-14.
2. To seek God’s wisdom. Paul and Barnabas prayed and fasted for elders of the churches before committing them to the Lord for His service in Acts 14:23.
3. To show grief. Nehemiah mourned, fasted, and prayed when he learned Jerusalem’s walls broke down, leaving the Israelites vulnerable and disgraced in Nehemiah 1:1-4.
4. To seek deliverance or protection. Ezra declared corporate fast and prayed for safe journey for Israelites as they travelled 900 miles to Jerusalem from Babylon in Ezra 8:21-23.
5. To repent. After Jonah’s judgements against Nineveh city, the king covered himself with sackcloth and sat in the dust with people to fast and pray for 40 days. In Jonah 3:10, “God saw how they turned from their evil ways so forgave
6. To gain victory. After losing 40,000 men in battle in two days, the Israelites cried to God for help. In Judges 20:26 the people went to Bethel, “sat weeping before the Lord.” They “fasted that day until evening.” The next day the Lord gave them victory over the Benjamites.
7. To worship God. Luke 2:37 says that 84 year old prophetess Anna never left temple but worshiped God night and day, fasting and praying, devoted to God and fasting expressing love for God.
Despite biblical examples throughout.