Welcome to a new month even as we continue from where we stopped last month on this same teaching: Winning Your Unbelieving Spouse to Christ.
In the previous editions, we examined how to use prayers and a life that speaks to help get your unbelieving spouse saved. I see God turning your challenges into cheap miracles, as you put to practice those things that you have learnt, in Jesus’ name.
Today, we shall be examining the weapon of FASTING, in getting your spouse saved. ‘Fasting’ means doing away with food for the purpose of concentration. It is a way of seeking the face of God, earnestly bringing the flesh under your control, in order to be more sensitive to God. God knew that there would be challenging situations that prove too difficult for us, and that was why He recommended fasting. Mark 9:29 confirms that: This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. Set some time apart to fast for the salvation of your loved ones. This must be coupled with prayer and the Word of God. When fasting is void of prayer and the Word of God, then, it is hunger strike or mere dieting! Your fasting must also be done in wisdom. It is not how long you fast that matters, but how well and effective your fast is.
I once met an elderly woman who happened to get born again after she was married. Apparently, her husband was deep into the occult. This woman took up the challenge and started praying for her husband, breaking the power of the devil over his life. At a point, she started sacrificing her breakfast for her husband’s salvation. According to her, she would prepare her breakfast and give it to the needy. She did this for two years! Meanwhile, she was in a different city from her husband. Unknown to her, God sent someone across the man’s path and he gave his life to Christ. By the next time this woman met her husband, he was born again! We serve a God of miracles! Can you imagine her joy that day? But she prayed, practised patience and fasted about it. Yours will be the next testimony in Jesus’ name.
Fasting has several advantages in helping to get your spouse saved. Fasting is a plus to prayers. When fasting is done effectively along with prayers, using the Word of God, the result is always immediate success. Some impossible situations recorded in Esther 4:3, Matthew 17:29 and Acts 14:23 in the Bible, experienced a turnaround through fasting and prayers. God’s Word in Isaiah 58:6-7 says: Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? This means that fasting can set loose your spouse from any kind of bondage and break every kind of yoke, when it is done effectively. It is not just abstaining from food or drink, but abstaining with a major purpose of seeking God in prayers via His Word, while maintaining a good Christian life that speaks.
See this sister’s testimony:
“My husband did not attend any programme throughout the Breakthrough Seminar. I did not know what was wrong, but I put it in prayers. When the Bishop told us to write a list of what we don’t want again, I wrote that my husband must come back and give his life fully to Christ. Previously, he attended services but suddenly, he stopped participating in the prayer we hold at home.
I knew I am more than a conqueror. I said, ‘You this devil, you must get out of this home, there is no room for you here.’ I believed God to grant my desires and the following day, which was a Sunday, my husband came to church. Since then, he’s the one that wakes us up for prayers!” – Okorie, T.
I see God answering your prayers according to the desires of your heart as you simply put the above-mentioned points to work, in Jesus’ name. Don’t give up on your spouse; yours is the next testimony!
However, the first thing to do for your fast to be effective is to surrender your life to Christ and become a child of God. God will only listen to His children. His children are those who have accepted Him through His son, Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. If you will like to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and become born-again, please say this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. I believe You died and rose on the third day for my sins. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
Congratulations! You are now born again! All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you, in Jesus’ Name. Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored)