Prayer & fasting




The brain is not only an
information storer (knowledge and belief).

The brain is also an
information processor (thinking).

            Knowledge  =  a structure.
            Belief  =  a structure.

            Thinking  =  a process, a change of structure.

Hence, as:
            all carbohydrates are slowly converted
            to become sugar, in the blood,
            that sugar is what the body uses for fuel,
then food-fasting does not stop you knowing, or believing,
but it does stop you thinking.

Hence, when you need a miracle:

            If you’ve renewed only parts of your mind:
                       such that some of your knowledge
                       is still unbelief, miracle-stopping facts,
            then food-fasting stops you:
                       thinking, processing,
all those miracle-stopping facts.

,                                      Perhaps see earlier section: UNBELIEF
,                                      and its subsections.

            If you’ve not renewed any of your mind:
                       such that all your knowledge
                       is miracle-stopping facts,
            then you probably don’t even believe
            (though you may think you do)
            in the first place:

                       In which case food-fasting won’t help;
                       it would just be an empty, ‘religious’, exercise.

,                                      Perhaps see second cell (starting Andrew has read)
,                                      of earlier section: ABOUT ANDREW WOMMACK.

            If you’ve renewed all of your mind:
                       such that none of your knowledge
                       is miracle-stopping facts,
            then you:
                       won’t need to food-fast
                       to do miracles.

,                                      ‘Do’ is the verb used in the KJV.

,                                      Perhaps see earlier section: WHAT IS A RENEWED MIND? , , , ,


The heart/spirit, on the other hand, does not process.
So, the heart/
spirit is not affected by sugar deprivation, i.e. by fasting.
            The mind:
                       is both static and dynamic,
                       both knows and thinks.

            But the heart/spirit is only static,
            contains no processes:
                       It: ‘knows’ what it ‘knows’
                       & that’s the end of it.
                       Or rather: believes
what it believes
                       & that’s the end of it.

So, relative to the mind,
the heart/
spirit, if it needs it, gets a boost when you’re fasting.





Practical tips:

,                  When you are food-fasting: don’t try thinking; thinking won’t work well.
,                  Instead of trying to think, just believe, and express yourself,
,                  i.e. let your heart/spirit express itself (e.g. in tongues).

,                  When fasting – you may find you hear God more, and more clearly,
,                  because the world is out of your mind.
,                  While fasting, – drink water; other drinks keep your digestive system active.
                  By the third day your digestive system will have switched off
,                  so the hunger vanishes because you are slowly converting body fat into sugar.

,                            Note ‘slowly’:
,                            Fat-to-sugar conversion provides a much lower flow of energy than normal.
,                            So, depending on your age, build, metabolic rate, fitness, and fat reserves,
,                            avoid work, just do sufficient exercise.

,                  That thinking won’t work well means that earthly focus may not work well either.
,                  So, go easy on driving.  No long or hard journeys.  Perhaps no driving at all.
,                  When you’ve finished praying & fasting:
,                  spend the same number of days coming off fasting
,                  as the number of days you spent fasting.
,                  I.E. Build up your food intake gradually:
,                            If you’ve fasted for a week, – start breaking the fast with a little juice the first day,
,                            tiny amounts of easily digested foods the next, building up gradually.
,                  This is so you slowly increase the load on your digestive system.
,                  Eating normally, immediately after weeks of praying & fasting, can, and has, killed.

,                  Even before the end of a 40 day fast, even without moving about much,
,                  fat reserves will have gone so that muscles will be being consumed.
,                  And that’s for fit adults.  Some people have died of fasting – long before 40 days.
                   So don’t fast if you’re a child or pregnant or diabetic or weak in any way.

,                  It’s prayer and fasting. God’s self-sacrifice is what you should be focussing on
,                  while you’re fasting.  Not the fact that you are fasting.

,                  The longest I’ve fasted for is only three days 
,                  (I’m in my 60’s, my job is very active, and I lead a busy family life).
,                  Hence some of this cell is in brown text – gleaned from Andrew Wommack’s teachings.

,                  Personally I reckon renewing your mind is better than fasting (see rest of this webpage).




Whether it’s fasting, or some other kind of effort:

            Your effort does not cause the miracle.

            Your effort only allows the miracle
            by stopping hindrances (i.e. unbelief) within you.

            Only your belief, in the Cross, causes the miracle.


            Your effort is – you doing something.

            The cross is – God having done something:
                       something safely locked in the past,
                       something you merely have to believe.

,                                      Perhaps see earlier section:
,                                      WHAT IS A BELIEVER? WHAT IS THE GOSPEL? , , , ,






To cause a miracle:
      o    We don’t need our power.
o    We need only God’s power.

            However, we Christians already have God’s power
            inasmuch as we have God’s Spirit.

Hence prayer & fasting are not about power.
They are about authority.

See earlier section:


We can fast, not only in food, but also in sex:

            1 Cor c7 v2-6:
            People should have loving marriages,
            and refrain from sex only so as to pray,
            though only for a short while.
   my abbreviation

            A married couple might fast from married sex:
                 Not because married sex is not holy.  It is holy.
                 But because it’s earthly, like eating:
                       it makes you feel content,
                       like there’s nothing that desperately needs to be done.
                 It’s not the right feeling to go with praying.

            Hence you might want to avoid food & sex,
            along with other, distractingly earthly, activities,
            for a short while, in order to pray.


            Fasting from married sex
            does not have the biological mechanism
            of food fasting. 
Perhaps see previous section.

            Instead it’s your heart/
spirit exercising authority
            over your body & mind.


            Whatever earthly activities you still have to do
            while fasting  (though draw a line at worldly activities),
            try to make sure that you have:
                       already renewed your mind:
                       every room of your mind,
                       every area of your life.

            Then, if a crisis occurs, such that a miracle is needed,
            you can successfully command it, in Jesus’ name.

,                  See fifth cell (starting Praying takes time)
,                  of later section: PRAYING & FASTING.

,                  Perhaps follow RENEW MIND links
,                  in second cell
,                  of later section: THE NEW YOU (this link does not open a new tab).






God’s Spirit went into Jesus
then immediately led him into the wilderness
where he stayed for forty days:
Matt c3 v13 – c4 v11       Mark c1 v9-13       Luke c3 v21-23  & c4 v1-13 
While there, God’s Spirit prompted him to:

o    Fast (eat no food, drink only water).

,                            Jesus was fully God, but also fully human. 
,                            That’s why he needed to fast for so long.


            o    Be tempted by Satan
                 so that he could say “No” to Satan.

o    And, I reckon, pray to God his Father,
                 both talking and hearing.


Or, to put it another way:
I reckon Jesus prayed & fasted for forty days
o finish off renewing his mind:

            o    End the earthliness of his life
with its earthly priorities:

                             His beliefs:
                                   ever copied, by his
                                   from his
heart/spirit, to his mind,
                             now overriding earthly expectations.

o    Be alone, away from the world:
                             So that he could hear, clearly,
                             not only Satan, but also his Father.

            o    Be alone, away from the world:
                              So that Satan could not speak to him
                             through family & friends.
,                                               Like Satan later spoke to him
,                                               through Peter.  Matt c16 v16-23   Mark c8 v33 .

            o    Etc.


Jesus is one with, and is the image of,
his Father.  
John c10 v30    Heb c1 v3 

So Jesus had always had
a telepathic connection with his Father,
and a nearly renewed mind.  
Luke c2 v39-52  

      Hence, any Old Testament scripture Jesus hadn’t read, 
      the Father, via the Spirit, would’ve told him about.

      And, any OT scripture the Father thought needed perfecting,
      the Father, via the Spirit, would’ve also told him about:

,         E.G. Old Testament,    ,         ,         ,         New Testament 
,         Deut c24 v1-4    Gen c2 v19-25,     ,         Matt c19 v3-12    Mark c10 v2-12 

So, unlike our minds, Jesus’ mind was nearly renewed
even before he had the Spirit.

In this, Jesus had a head start over us.

Perhaps follow RENEW MIND links
in second cell
of later section:
THE NEW YOU (this link does not open a new tab), , , ,


Satan tempted Jesus for the whole forty days   Luke c4 v2a,,,,,
(though, presumably, in an intermittent way).

            Near the end of fasting & praying,
            when Jesus was starving,
            Satan tempted him with:
Matt c4 v1-11    Luke c4 v1-13:
                 “Create some food.  Do good to yourself.
                        You don’t need the Father
                        (decrease your relationship with him).
                        Act from only the flesh,
                        not from the
heart/spirit.”   my abbreviation
            Implying  that the Father is mean spirited, not loving.
            (when in fact, afterwards,
            the Father sent angels, with food, to Jesus).

Other than this fast, Jesus practiced the opposite of fasting.
E.G. He ate just before his trials in the
garden of Gethsemane.
Matt c26    Mark c14,,,,,




Once our minds are renewed
they no longer need to be stilled by fasting:

            When all of your mind
            is as Jesus’ mind:
o    Full of belief.
o    Containing no unbelief (doubts) about:
                                   God’s unconditional love for us
                                   and his great knowledge, wisdom, & power,
o    Grateful to, and allied to, God.
            then your mind is completely renewed
            and prolonged fasting becomes irrelevant.


Prolonged fasting became irrelevant as follows:

            During Jesus’ ministry
            the disciples pretty much just watched & learned.
            For they had God’s Spirit (even though only temporarily).
                       Hence fasting was unnecessary.
Matt c9 v14-15a     Mark c2 v18-19     Luke c5 v33-34 

            Then, during the nine lonely days, after Jesus had gone,
            but before God’s Spirit had permanently come:
Matt c9 v15b     Mark c2 v20     Luke c5 v35: 
The disciples felt, desperately,
                       the need to fast
.   my abbn

            Then, after the disciples had
            permanently received God’s Spirit,
,                                      Having already renewed their minds.
,                                      See first cell of earlier section:
,                                      HOW TO RENEW YOUR MIND: SOME DETAILS.

            such a carnal tool as fasting:
                       the physical – trying to correct – the spiritual,
                       the body – trying to correct – the mind,
            was shown to be useless
            compared to having God’s Spirit & a renewed mind.




Jesus said: 
Matt c9 v10-17    Mark c2 v1 – c3 v6    Luke c5 v27 – c6 v11:
      A new unshrunk patch
      cannot be sown onto an old shrunk garment.
      New wine cannot ferment
      in used, stretched, brittle, wineskins.  
my abbreviation

      The above text is in only Matthew Mark & Luke.  Not John.
      Yet Jesus’ new commandment is in only John. 
John c13 v34-35  

      Hence the Matthew Mark & Luke links that I give
      extend beyond
      the text that I give
      so as to reveal the overall subject.

      The overall subject being:

                 Jesus’ new commandment
                 is infinitely better than
                 the old commandments.

                 Indeed, the entire New Covenant
                 is infinitely better than
                 the entire Old Covenant.
                 Forgiveness, God’s Spirit, & a renewed mind,
                 are infinitely better
                 than fasting, Jewish laws, sacrifices, & punishments.

                 (Though the Old Covenant is vital
                 for understanding the New Covenant.
                 Also that’s the order things happened in.)




,                            Perhaps see earlier section:
,                            CONCLUSION: HOW IT ALL WORKS
,                            and its subsection:
,                            THE NEW REPLACES THE OLD, , , , .






A good prayer would not be:
            the Lord’s Prayer
,                  Perhaps see earlier section:
,                  THE LORD’S PRAYER.

A good prayer may well be:
            “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, etc,”
because it gets your mind off the problem
and onto the answer:

            Twice, in ch3, of his book Ever Increasing Faith,
            Smith Wigglesworth tells of successful healings
            where those praying turned their focus
            from the problem to the answer
            by simply whispering (ever louder) the name ‘Jesus’.

,,        ,,        Perhaps see Mark Hemans’ preaching at the beginning of:
,,        ,,        YouTube: – old Coast Highlights OUTPOURING of the Holy Spirit,
,,        ,,        joy, deliverance, miracles, healing, power

,,        ,,        from  5m 50s  to  12m 6s.

Prayer is not so much what you say
as where you are:

            You are either on one side of the fence:
                       with your agenda and your needs,
                       talking through the fence to God
                       listening hard to hear him.

            Or you are on the other side of the fence:
                       with God’s agenda and no needs,
                       God hearing your every thought
                       you hearing his every whisper.

Perhaps see fifth cell (starting 
2) The second reason the Father )
of earlier section:


The book of Acts shows that, in the early church:
            The whole church prayed generally.
            Individual Christians prayed generally.

But, as well as that:
            Individual Christians sometimes prayed, briefly,
            just before they commanded a miracle.
Acts c9 v36-43    Acts c28 v7-8.

,                  See five cells (starting Jesus explains)
,                  in earlier section: WHY GOD’S WORDS HAVE POWER.
,                  and the links within them.
,                  (This link does not open a new tab.)

Before Acts, back in Mark’s gospel,
Jesus said that Christians would find
that praying briefly is necessary
before doing a miracle.
‘Do’ is the verb used in the KJV.

Mark c9 v28-29   (full account  Mark c9 v14-29.):
            And when he was come into the house,
            his disciples asked him privately,
                 Why could not we cast him out?
            And he said to them,
                 This kind can come forth by nothing,
                 but by prayer
and fasting.   KJV

,                            The last two words are, I reckon, forged.  So I’ve made them very pale grey.
                            Perhaps see earlier section: BIBLE VERSES THAT I OMIT., ,

I reckon that, in the above scripture, by: ‘this kind’: 
            Jesus did not mean: ‘this kind of demon’
            but rather: ‘this kind of situation’.

            Situations where:
                       the patient is visually & audibly possessed
                       the cancer is visible & large
                       the limb is missing
                       the face is ruined
                       the behaviour is insane & vigorous


            Same account, different gospel:

      Matt c17 v18-20   (full account  Matt c17 v14-20.):
      And Jesus rebuked the devil;
            and he departed out of him:
            and the child was cured from that very hour.
            Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said,
                  Why could not we cast him out?
            And Jesus said unto them,
                  Because of your unbelief:
                  for verily I say unto you,
                  If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed,
                  ye shall say unto this mountain,
                        Remove hence to yonder place;
                  and it shall remove;
                  and nothing shall be impossible unto you.   KJV

,                  I reckon verse 21 is forged – so I haven’t included it.
,                  Perhaps see earlier section: BIBLE VERSES THAT I OMIT, , , ,




Having God’s Spirit and a completely renewed mind
means you don’t need to fast.
See sixth cell (starting Prolonged fasting became irrelevant)
of earlier section:

That the early church fasted,
Acts c10 v30-31    Acts c13 v2-4    Acts c14 v23    1 Cor c7 v5,, ,,
merely shows that they were as imperfect as we are
and/or they were praying about some important issues.

Bear in mind that it’s praying and fasting.
Not commanding and fasting.
            Fasting may be of great help to you
            when praying over a number of days
            (presumably about something important).

If you do fast, bear in mind that:
            It’s the praying that’s vital.

            The fasting merely helps the praying.




Praying takes time, especially if you’re also fasting.
Hence pray (and fast) before a need or want arises.

Likewise do the big job of renewing your mind
before all needs or wants arise:
Perhaps follow RENEW MIND links
in second cell
of later section:
THE NEW YOU (this link does not open a new tab).

            Jesus mind was already completely renewed
            so he had no unbelief.
            So he never needed to ‘suddenly fast’ to do a miracle.

      Every time Jesus went ‘AWOL’ to pray
            he didn’t seem to take food with him.
            So I suspect that, after his initial 40 day fast,
            he fasted for those, relatively short, periods of time.

            If so, I suspect that the apostles, later, in Acts,
            lived a similar lifestyle.

            People came to them out of the blue for healing
            so they had no time to fast.
            They still needed to heal people
            even if they’d just had breakfast.

            There’s no record of them postponing or prolonging
            a healing.  They commanded, in Jesus’ name,
            and the person was healed.


So I conclude that:

            A completely renewed mind
            needs to maintain itself
            by praying, perhaps with short fasting,
            to counteract living in the world
            the rest of the time.

            As the average Christian cannot help but be
            regularly influenced by the world,
            likewise he/she must also
            regularly retreat from the world
            to be alone with God.


            If God tells you to do something so antisocial, so unintuitive,
            as to yank a disabled person up, out of their wheelchair,
            declaring that they are healed,
            as your act of faith,   
Acts c3 v7
            then you too will need to have been alone with God.

,                  Perhaps see earlier section: ACTS OF FAITH, , , ,




This is how Smith Wigglesworth lived:

            He was initially a stutterer, a quiet inhibited man.
            But I reckon that his
Yorkshire get-to-the-point-ness
            combined with his huge spiritual growth as a Christian
            led him to a lifestyle where he:
o    Rarely went more than half an hour
                       without praying or reading the Bible.
o    Preached well,
                       inspiring faith in others.

YouTube: – Kenneth Copeland retells
,         ,         ,   Smith Wigglesworth raising a man from the dead

,         ,         ,,,,I don’t approve of Kenneth Copeland himself because he loves money.

                 Smith Wigglesworth walked silently past
                 the other mourners.
                  Then he commanded, loudly, three times,
                 for the corpse to rise.
                 Antisocial?  No, logical.

                 Smith knew he would get only sadness
                 and resolve that the dead stay dead
                 from the other mourners.

                 It wouldn’t have been on their minds that it would rise,
                 let alone at the forefront of their minds
                 where it would’ve needed to have been.
                            Perhaps see earlier section: UNBELIEF
,                            and its subsections.

YouTube: – God's Generals Series - Smith Wigglesworth,
      13m 15s  to:  17m 20s:
                 Smith swung his fist, fast & hard,
                 into the patient’s stomach, killing him.
                 He then ignored the doctor’s legal threats
                  (a doctor who’d seen others, in the prayer line,
                 get healed).
                  Thuggish?  No, logical.

                  Believers who are medical professionals
                 have had a training that is
                 entirely natural, none of it miraculous. 
                  So they often have huge amounts of unbelief.
,                            See Andrew Wommack’s 
,                            God wants you well: Why isn’t everyone healed?
,                            from 47mins to 49mins.

,         ,         ,         Scientific knowledge (e.g. medical knowledge):
,         ,         ,         ,         ,         in the mind, next to the mind’s belief,
,         ,         ,         ,         ,         given significance alongside the mind’s belief,
,         ,         ,         ,         ,         so that it counteracts the mind’s belief,
,         ,         ,         constitutes:
,         ,         ,         ,         ,         unbelief,
,         ,         ,         and unbelief hinders the miraculous.

,         ,         ,         Perhaps see earlier section: UNBELIEF
,                            and its subsections.

      In Andrew Wommack’s:
Hardness of Heart: The Cure,
      from:  16m 20s   to:  44m 15s,  
                  Smith ignored the ladies’ concerns
                  and the congregation’s rebukes.
                  Arrogant?  No, logical.

                  In his own, apparently unloving, way
                  Smith did
                  what Jesus told all of us to do:
                              be concerned about what God thinks of you,
                             never about what people think of you.
,         ,         ,         ,         ,         Matt c6 v16-18    Luke c18 v9-14   

      To rest:
                 to rely only on God to do the miracles
                 and not to stress & strain,
                 to never think about what people think of you,
                 only what God thinks of you,
      is a result of:
                 you being alone with God.




Unlike Peter, who, in his human nature,
was a forceful person,
Perhaps see later section:
and the section after it.
Smith, in his human nature,
was not. 

            Up until age forty-eight approx:
o    Smith stuttered and was shy.
o    The only Christian ministry he could manage
                             was to give children pony rides to meetings.
o    He retreated at the mere idea of preaching.
            It wasn’t until after that,
            having persistently sought God
            and having been baptised in the Holy Spirit,
,         ,         Perhaps see earlier section: BIBLICAL PHRASES.,,,,,

            that Smith became forceful.

            Though only spiritually forceful. 


So, while a man’s forcefulness is usually earthly,
Smith’s forcefulness was a product of agape love:
            from his own changed self 
1 Cor c13 NIV    
            and from God’s Spirit within him.

            When someone asked Smith
            why he hit people when he healed them,
            he replied that he hit the illness,
            or that he hit the demon behind the illness
            that was encouraging the illness:
                 that discouraged the patient from believing
                 that God would heal them,
                 and even encouraged the patient
                 to accept the illness.

            That he wasn’t hitting the person,
            the person just got in the way.

,                  See last three cells  (starting: So, there are occasions)
,                  of earlier section: HOW DEMONS ARE ABLE TO DO THINGS.

            Virtually none of Smith’s patients complained.




            Jesus & the apostles
            did not hit people when they healed them.

            But that does not mean that such methods are demonic.

            They may be part of a passing phase that the church is in,
            an inferior, passing, phase.

,                  Perhaps see earlier section: GOD’S METHODS.  

,                  All blue text copied from earlier section: ANGER & HATRED, , , ,


            Unlike Smith, Mark Hemans does not hit people.
            But he does shout his commands, in Jesus’ name,
            at demons, to get them out.  Though not in the flesh,
            and always relying only on God.

            Eyes see only shouting or quietness, hitting or not hitting.
            But it’s the, invisible, the relying only on God, that matters.

,         ,         See eighth cell (starting Mark Hemans)
,         ,         of earlier section: ABOUT BIBLICAL TEACHER-HEALERS GENERALLY,
,         ,         and some of Mark’s many YouTube links that follow that.
,         ,         (This link does not open a new tab.)




This site is called How Christianity Works.

So the principles in it aren’t necessarily ones you apply.
They are principles that God’s Spirit applies:

            It usually takes too long, and is unnecessary,
            for you to compute a situation to know what to do.
            It’s quicker, simpler, and more reliable,
            to listen to, and to obey, God’s Spirit.

            Just believe, and renew your mind.
                  See first cell of earlier section:
,                  WHAT IS A BELIEVER? WHAT IS THE GOSPEL? , , , , , ,




If you want practical guidance on praying
then I highly recommend Andrew Wommack’s book: A better way to pray.
See earlier section:



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