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From: Paul Gage
FASTING AND PRAYING FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD - May 16
The High Priests of the Restoration Branches as well as many other groups and branches have asked the Saints to observe each Sunday as a day of fasting and prayer. There are many reasons for asking the Saints to fast and pray. The ultimate objective, however, is for the return of Jesus Christ in His Glory and the establishment of His Kingdom (Zion) on earth.
Jesus is our chief example regarding fasting and prayer, as he fasted and prayed often, as indicated in the scriptures. In our efforts to grow spiritually, we always hear fast, pray, and study. So, what is fasting?
We understand "fasting" to be the practice of deliberately abstaining from food for spiritual purposes. Fasting is a means by which a believer brings his body into subjection. Fasting breaks down the barriers in man's carnal nature that stand in the way of the Holy Spirit's omnipotence. (All powerful) Pray about fasting before you start and plan your program.
Today, May 16, 2020 is Armed Forces Day in the United States. Our thanks and appreciation to all those who have or are serving in the armed forces of their countries. Often when I am wearing one of my patriotic hats, someone will ask me if I am a veteran. I have to say, "no" because I was not able to serve my country in that manner. However, I am quick to say, "I am a veteran in the army of the Lord." Thanks be to God for all those "veterans" around the world serving in His army where age and many other factors do not enter in.
Saints, keep up the great work!
God bless each of you in this time of trial and assist you in your efforts to come unto Him. Remember, He is marshaling His army.