A SOLEMN CALL TO BELIEVERS WORLDWIDE TO FAST EVERY FRIDAY (given to Evangelist Christine Darg in the early morning hours prior to the July 7, 2005 London bombings). This Friday Fast will continue until the principality of Islamic terrorism is irreversibly overthrown.
"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?" (Isaiah 58: 6)
A Christian Arab in Baghdad wrote to us recently concerning Islamic terrorism. He quoted Jesus in Matthew 17:21: "This kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting."
For many years many of us have been praying and fasting individually for the Moslem people, but now the Islamic world is no longer viewed as a "special interest group" of concern to just some believers in the Church. The threat of Islamic terrorism has now become the concern of every true worshipper of the God of Israel. In Derek Prince's book, "Shaping History Through Prayer and Fasting," he stated that there are some answers we never obtain until we add fasting to our prayers.
Friday is the day that much hatred, violence and blood-thirsty rhetoric is fomented in fundamentalist mosques around the world. The Lord's solemn call to fast and pray is not intended to extend into the Sabbath day of rest, which begins Friday evening at mealtime, but is intended to consist of afflicting our souls with fasting during breakfast and/or lunch on Fridays as a way of humbling ourselves and to entreat His mercy corporately. In Israel, a security fence can deter some terrorism, but in most nations we cannot build a wall to protect ourselves from the terrorist threat within and outside our countries.
Nevertheless "The weapons of our warfare are not physical but are mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds." The weapons of corporate prayer and fasting can bring victory and delay divine judgments in this time of great peril. Corporate fasting is part of the process of humbling ourselves that is being required by Heaven.
"If My people who are called by My name [Yahweh, not Allah] shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7: 14)
This call is not intended to be a "religious" fast. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to participate in this Spiritual Summons during these strategic hours on Fridays: perhaps forfeit one meal, two meals, perhaps a partial fast. But do something by faith to be a part of this corporate response to Heaven.
"For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him." (2 Chronicles 16:9)
"Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." (Amos 3: 7)
We humbly implore you not to disregard this call. Many of us for many years in Jerusalem have faithfully banded together to pray specifically for the irreversible overthrow of the Anti-Christ Pharaoh-like principality that is holding more than a billion souls captive. Therefore this call from Heaven was not given to us by chance but because in some measure we have gained a place in intercession concerning this crucial issue. Therefore the Lord says, "Be not distracted nor indulgent but put your hand to this plough of fasting and prayer and you will be numbered among those who stand in the gap and build up My hedge to avert many calamities and disasters."
As you fast, pray that we will be forgiven for our gross national sins. As we humble ourselves, Heaven may decide not to allow the Islamic terrorists to scourge us with weapons of mass destruction. God who is plenteous in mercy may leave behind a blessing and stay his Hand on ripe judgments.