Sunday, February 28, 2016

FASTING & PRAYING: IS IT STILL FOR TODAY?

By Dr Margaret Aranda

For the past few Friday nights, perhaps for a month now, our ministry, the First "ON FIRE" Ministry for the Disabled, has been led to pray fervently for the children of the world:

1. CHILDREN:
*  Orphans in our sister missionary church, Hope & Joministries in Kampala, Uganda; 
*  Children stuck in awful divorce proceedings, often used as pawns and alienated against one parent;
*  Children used in sex trafficking;
*  Children that are physically or emotionally abused by their own parent(s);
*  Children who are victims of incest or rape at home, at an uncle's house, or at a girlfriend's who has a big brother;
*  Girls who are forced to undergo female genital mutilation;
*  Girls who are victims of "honor killings;"
*  Girls who are sexually molested by teachers;
*  Runaways;
*  Drug addicts;
*  And special children with disabilities or special needs.
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Image 1. Praying Orphans at Hope & Joy ministries. 
Desperately needed: Click: Sponsor a child for only $38/mo.

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2. WIDOWS
3. THE POOR
4. THE SICK
5. ANYONE IN NEED OF PRAYER



ONLINE MEETING TIMES: Fridays, 5:00 - 6:00 pm (PST)
MEETING PLACE: Google+

Praise, Worship, Sermon, Prayer, Listening to the Holy Spirit, a time to receive Christ as your Personal Savior, a time to receive the Gift of Tongues; to take HOLY Communion; more Praise, more Worship, Donation time for our orphans in Kampala ($38/mo to Sponsor a Child), and more....wherever the Holy Spirit leads us. We just get lost in the Holy Spirit, and don't follow any "Rules" of habit. But we always seem to get things done. Praise the Lord! 


***** PRAISE REPORTS *****

1. WEEK #3: Orphanage in Uganda surrounded by militia,   gunshots fired, and orphans and Pastor huddled in a room. We prayed for the militia to "GET OUT!" The next morning, upon awakening, they were gone! POOF! Now, this is a country that is besieged by massacres of innocent civilians & we Praise God for this miracle! All Glory to God! Thanks be to Our Lord!

2. WEEK #4: The night of our Fasting and Prayer, a baby was kidnapped in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The next morning, the baby was found alive! Thank you, Jesus! 


*** So Now, We Expect a Miracle at Every Service!  ***
Join us! Sponsor an Orphan! Fast & Pray!
For the first 100 people that Sponsor an Orphan, 
I will personally autograph and mail you my book,

No More Tears: A Physician Turned Patient 
Inspires Recovery
Image 2. No More Tears. I wrote this after a car accident
that has now left me mostly bed-bound for the last 10 years. 



Image 3. Patient Advocate. This is how I have come to known thousands of chronically ill, and became a Patient Advocate, Recipient of the 2011 Perseverance Award from Invisible Disabilities Association, and the 2015 "Doctors Making Change" by Dr. Pugliese.


   I have not forgotten. Is Fasting & Praying still for today? In my opinion, it is. Absolutely. I believe that when we choose to use this method of getting closer to God, He agrees (and instructs) that we are to hide it from the public and gain our reward from Him, in Heaven. We are not to appear 'sad-faced,' like the Pharisees of the New Testament. 

   Did your mother ever tell you that after you eat, you need to wait an hour before you go swimming? That is because your digestive tract is so huge that the majority of your blood supply will go to your intestines. If you swim, that takes the blood flow away from your intestines and re-routes it to your thighs, and all the muscles that it takes to keep you afloat. 

In the same way, when we fast, we basically tell our stomach pangs of hunger to "Be Quiet!" and 'put our human bodies down.' Instead, our minds can focus on 'higher' things of God, of why we are here, of His plan for our live, of interceding for the orphans and widows, and of listening to God as we meditate upon His Word or meditate in silence so that the Holy Spirit can talk to us. 

Join us one Friday night. Experience the Holy Spirit thickening up your room air, sending goosebumps down your arms. Put down the lust of the flesh, and look up towards pleasing God and seeking His face. You shall be renewed!

And honestly? Millions of orphans go to bed without dinner every night, so it shouldn't be a big deal for most of us to go without one meal, while you sitting with a roof over your head, a refrigerator with food in it, and running water. 75% of the world's children do not even have that. 

Medical Disclaimer: Check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or medication routine. Not meant to cure, change symptoms, add pain, discomfort, distraction, or adverse sequelae to your participation. You may eat whenever you want. Many of us 'break' the Fast at Midnight, so the Fast is for 8 hrs total. You can start out with a 30 minute Fast, and gradually work your way up. If you need an individualized plan, please ask your doctor for it.

Go with God. May He bless the work of your hands, in all that you do. Amen.

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