The Fast of Proclamation.
Goal: To proclaim the Word and promises of God with faith Few believers are accustomed to proclaiming the Word of God, yet Jesus promised that “whatever we bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” We must learn to prophesy according to the Word of God, to open ourselves to the Spirit, and to proclaim what our born-again spirit compels us to declare. Proclamation fasting is ideal for this.
Proclamation fasting of the Word of God is a powerful spiritual practice that involves abstaining from a meal to proclaim biblical truths. This practice can be very helpful when facing situations that seem stuck for too long, despite our prayers and efforts to change them.
Through meditation fasting, we can find in the Word of God all the promises for our lives, families, finances, relationships, studies, fruits borne, character, spiritual life, etc. Once found, we just need to appropriate them and proclaim them with faith. Indeed, proclaiming the Word of God out loud strengthens our faith and allows us to better feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. Moreover, fasting can change us and make us more alert to hear the voice of God.
It’s as if we were soldiers at war, ready to fight the forces of evil with the spiritual weapons at our disposal. By fasting, we choose to meditate on the Word of God instead of eating, to proclaim the Word of God instead of cooking, and to take time for things to change because we’ve had enough of the current situation.
I am convinced that if you persist in prayer and in proclaiming the Word of God, things will eventually change because God is faithful and always fulfills His promises. So, if you are ready to take a step of faith, try proclamation fasting of the Word of God and see the power of God at work in your life!
I remember experiencing a spiritual sadness that wouldn’t leave me for many days. By the grace of God, one day, as I descended into the basement of my house, I felt the Spirit of God moving within me. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, instead of praying as I had been doing for all those days, the Spirit led me to proclaim the Word of God out loud on the nature, power, and will of God, on my circumstances, and also on my own nature, calling, and God’s promises to me. In a few minutes, the dark cloud that had enveloped me for too long was dispersed by the proclamation of the Word of God. “Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:29). Oh yes, the Word of God is powerful! Glorious is the Word!
Wonderful is the Word! “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Acts of the Apostles 19:10).
Proclamation fasting allows us to move to another level of faith, strengthening our trust in God and His Word. By fasting and proclaiming the Word of God with faith, we give a voice to what was hidden in our hearts. We thus allow the power of God to manifest in our lives. By experiencing all the benefits of proclaiming the Word of God, we can undergo the profound transformation that God operates in our lives.
As I wrote, proclamation fasting can be a powerful practice to overcome life’s obstacles and challenges. By relying on the Word of God, we can find the strength and hope needed to face any difficult situation. By proclaiming the Word of God with faith, we invite the presence of God to act in our lives and guide us in our walk of faith with Christ.
To do this, we must rely on specific Bible verses that correspond to our needs and concerns and proclaim them with perseverance, because, while sometimes the results are immediate, other times they take time to manifest.
“The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ I answered, ‘O Lord God, you know.’ Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.’ So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.’ So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army” (Ezekiel 37:1-10).
Yes, sometimes the only way to see the power of the Lord manifest and our situations change is to declare the Word of God with faith. We need to learn to externalize our faith: “Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, ‘I believed, and so I spoke,’ we also believe, and so we speak” (2 Corinthians 4:13).
If we believe, then let’s speak! Let’s not keep what we believe in our hearts but bring it to life by proclaiming the Word of God. Let’s let out of the house of our hearts the promises of God by proclaiming them! When we proclaim the Word of God, we open the door to its promises! Through our confession, we can bring into reality what does not yet exist. Every word of God will have its effect and will be fulfilled. We are the prophet of our own life!
Here is an example of declarations and an authority prayer against satanic spirits and witchcraft! Of course, as I mentioned, there are many other areas in which you can proclaim and declare the Word of God, and this is just one example (in my book “365 Days of Declarations and Inspired Prayers,” you will find 365 different declarations and prayers).
I encourage you to declare this prayer out loud! If you’ve never done it or almost never, I’m convinced that by doing it with faith, out loud, you will be amazed at the power and strength of the Word of God! Are you a little embarrassed? Not used to it?
The devil has spoken too much in your life to silence you. God can only approve of hearing you proclaim His Word! Go ahead, try it!
This text is an excerpt from the book “12 Reasons to Fast” written by Jérémy Sourdril.
We invite you to read the following article “The Priority Fasting.”