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Introduction: In this series "Awakening: Pursuing a New Level of Passion for God" the believer can cultivate a deeper longing for God while fasting and praying. Prayer and fasting is defined as voluntarily going without food in order to focus on prayer and fellowship with God. When prayer and fasting are combined, there is a special double-portion power created. This is simply one biblical way to force ourselves to focus and rely on God for His strength, provision and wisdom. This is seen in the lives of those in scripture. Moses fasted 40 days (Exodus 34:28), Jesus fasted 40 days (Matthew 4:2), Anna worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer in the temple (Luke 2:37).
I. AWAKENING DEFINED
A. AWAKENING PRAYER
In Jesus' name, by the power of the blood shed on the cross, by the authority of the scriptures, I declare this to be a year of amazing fruitfulness and bountiful supply, with an increase of God's presence and a new level of passion for God, for church, and for people. Awaken me, Lord. Make me thirsty for You and my soul will follow hard after you.
B. AWAKENING DEFINITION
1. Awake is to be shaken into excitement.
2. Awake is to cease from sleeping.
3. Awake is to be aroused to attention.
4. Awaken is to be filled with the fire of God.
5. Awake is to have a fervent desire for God.
C. AWAKENING SCRIPTURES
Romans 13:11 The Message Translation: But make sure that you don't get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed.
The New Living Translation: This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up!
Wuest Translation: …Knowing the strategic season, that ...
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