THE ROADS CHURCH - NORRIS CITY & MT. CARMEL
THE SECRET SAUCE - PRAYER & FASTING
Sunday Dec 29, 2019
Locations & Times
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  • The Roads Church - NC
    583 US-45, Norris City, IL 62869, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM
  • eRoads Family
    Sunday 10:45 AM
  • The Roads Church - Mt. Carmel, IL
    715 W 3rd St, Mt Carmel, IL 62863, USA
    Sunday 6:00 PM
Secret Sauce - Webster - An element, quality, ability, or practice that makes something or someone successful or distinctive
What is fasting? What it is not?
- Not merely going w/out food for a period of time (starving, depravation)
- Not something done by a bunch of religious fanatics
- Not limited to special occasions
What fasting is? - Types of Fasts:

- Absolute fast – No food or water.
- Normal fast – No food but water allowed
- Partial fast – Abstaining from some foods or drinks and things.
- Abstaining from certain things: TV, Video Games, time, etc.

Biblically fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose.
Fasting helps reveal Lordship
Fasting is about a purpose

It’s not about what you move AWAY from but it is about what you move TOWARDS!
Blessed - Happy, fortunate, favored
Hunger - To crave or to seek with eager desire
Thirst - To have a strong desire to attain some goal, because of an existing lack.
Filled – to eat to the point of being satisfied; gorge, fill full
3 keys to Prayer and Fasting - V5-6 & V16-18

1) DEVOTION - Do not be like the hypocrites

Hypocrites - hupokrites - One who pretends to be other than who they really are; An actor under an assumed character; stage player

A person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives.
3 keys to Prayer and Fasting - V5-6 & V16-18

1) DEVOTION - Do not be like the hypocrites
2) DIRECTION - Pray/Fast to God and not to men

3 keys to Prayer and Fasting - V5-6 & V16-18

1) DEVOTION - Do not be like the hypocrites
2) DIRECTION - Pray/Fast to God and not to men
3) DISCRETION - Pray/Fast in secret
Secret - kryptos - Not known by the public but known by an in-group or those involved
Openly - phaneros - Clearly known or revealed, visible, evident, plain and clear
If you will commit your life to Him privately He will reward you publicly!

Private discipline produces public rewards!
C.S. Lewis - “Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching.”
APPLICATION:

What are you willing to say no to so that you can say yes to something bigger?

What areas of your life are you living like a pretender?

Do you have a VERTICAL focus or a HORIZONTAL focus?

What can you change about your life privately that will have an impact openly?