Fasting is the most powerful spiritual discipline of all the Christian disciplines. Through fasting and prayer, the Holy Spirit can transform your life.
Fasting and prayer can also work on a much grander scale. According to Scripture, personal experience and observation, I am convinced that when God's people fast with a proper Biblical motive-seeking God's face not His hand-with a broken, repentant, and contrite spirit, God will hear from heaven and heal our lives, our churches, our communities, our nation and world. Fasting and prayer can bring about revival - a change in the direction of our nation.
This is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?” (John 1:19)
Everyone God has created has an identity. Before you can discover your purpose on earth, it is necessary to first make a self discovery. You ought to know your identity. To arrive at this, there is need for self-probing questions that are coined in humility and sincerity. Some people are too superficial. They find it difficult to tell themselves the truth. ‘Who am I?’ is one question you need to answer.
Ordinarily, you are addressed by various titles and appellations. But that is not who you really are. Providing an answer to that question transcends your position, title, wealth or any human accolade or recognition. It transcends the physical to something more spiritual.
If you attempt to answer ‘Who am I?’ from the physical plane, you will get it wrong. Those who fulfilled their ultimate divine destiny are those who have satisfactorily answered this question. Our Lord Jesus Christ sought to discover who He was. When He found it, it was easy to discover His purpose as well. Such knowledge helped Him to stay focused and accomplish His heaven-given mission on planet earth.
A knowledge of who you are helps you to appreciate the brevity of life. In John 9:5, Jesus confidently declared, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world”. Who are you? An understanding of who you are patterns your life-style. The Bible calls fornicators dogs. If you know who you are, you will not live like a dog. If you realize you are a prince, you will not live like a beggar.
In defining who you are, you need to be sure who you are not. Millions of people have sought to answer this question, but looked all the wrong places. John the Baptist, like Jesus, sought to discover himself and he got the right answer. One thing common to everyone who got the answer is that they looked at the only true source - the Bible.
It is God who created you that can tell you who you are. Those who study God’s Word are wise because they will not only discover themselves, but also God’s divine blueprint for their lives. If you keep a distance from God, you may never find out who you are. Who you are is interwoven with your divine purpose.
Who are you any way? You are a heavenly product created in God’s image and likeness, empowered by God, but visiting the earth for a short while, after which you will return to account to your Creator. Hope you are not turning the earth into your permanent abode.