We are really excited about what the Lord has in store for Manchester and the rest of the UK and we believe that the IHOPU Awakening tour UK will be a really significant time in bringing a shift atmosphere in the UK which has the potential to release a fresh awakening in the church in the UK. Many prophetic words have been spoken about revival coming from Scotland and pouring down on England and Manchester is often spoken of as being a catalyst city in a great move of the spirit in the UK and we want to stand up and cry out to God that this would be the time, that this would be the hour that He would bring deeper revelation and would fulfill the promise of a great awakening in Manchester and the UK. To that end we have decided to set apart the 21 days leading up to the Manchester Awakening meetings on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of November to fasting and praying for the meetings and what they will release. Starting on Monday 11th October we are calling a 21 day Daniel fast. You don’t need to be involved in MHOP to participate you just need to have a heart for what God is doing in the city and be willing to sacrifice some food to contend for greater breakthrough. Fasting was a common practice for the early believers but for whatever reason is a practice that we have all but forgotten, considered an archaic and antiquated practice will no real place in our modern society, but should be a part of our everyday christian walk. Fasting allows us to develop a greater hunger for God, gives us an opportunity to stop feeding the flesh and start feeding the soul and gives us an opportunity to re-prioritise our relationship with Jesus. Fasting give’s God permission to move our hearts and experience His affection for us which make us more effective in prayer as we are better connected with His heart. Our key prayer during the fast comes from Acts 2:17-19,
“17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. 18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in heaven above And signs in the earth beneath:”
Father of Glory, we come before You and ask for You to move in the city of Manchester. God we ask that You would fulfill Your promise and pour out Your Holy Spirit and all people in Manchester, that the city would be filled with signs and wonders and miracles, that You would move through prophecy, dreams and vision and that the revelation of Your Son Jesus would fill the hearts and mouths of the people in Manchester.
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Please consider if you would like to participate in the fast. A Daniel fast is based on two scriptures from the book of Daniel, Daniel 1:12 and Daniel 10:3. These verses say that he ate only fruit and vegetables and drank only water. A Daniel fast is good for people with a heavy workload. There are many different opinions on what a Daniel fast should look like, you only need to google it to find a ton of different website and recipes but we are simply putting it as “no meats, no sweets”. How strict you want to go with that is between you and the Lord.
And let us know if you are planning on joining us in the fast. Fasting is always easier if you are fasting with friends!
Fasting should never bring harm to the body, and if you have concerns, be sure to consult your health professional before going on the Daniel Fast or making any major dietary change. For more info on fasting guidelines click here.