Friday, January 4, 2019

Writers' January Prayer & Fast - Part 2 Five Prayer Points

by Elva Cobb Martin

For Part 1 click here

Below are five prayer points to help you draw close to God during whatever fast you choose to do. My fave fast is to fast all meats, all sweets, secular TV, movies for at least one week. This will cleanse your body from a lot of toxins and your mind from culture contamination--and bless you spiritually! And there are plenty of great vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, eggs, etc. to choose from. God's original diet he gave mankind in Gen. 1:29 was a vegetarian diet and they lived hundreds of years. 

These five prayer points are based on James 4:7 "Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee."

1) Draw close, submit to God and humble yourself
In true repentance for any backsliding, slackness, unforgiveness, anger, jealousy

In all manner of prayer (petition, confession, intercession, binding and loosening (spiritual warfare)and your prayer language, if you have one.

Start your annual Bible Read through plan

Meditate, memorize scripture

Read other Christian growth books (you’ve got time now, without TV). Check out my mini-book on Spiritual Warfare prayer at this link:  If you'd like a free eBook of Power Over Satan, leave your request in a comment below or contact me through my web site at

Keep a prayer journal (notebook) daily. Start out with thanks and praise, then list prayer needs and jot down texts of God's promises. I have prayer journals that go back years and track so many important moves in our lives. God's plans.

2) Ask the Lord to reveal and change whatever needs to be changed in your life.
Stewardship of your body (diet, exercise), your time, and your money and talents

Determine to show God’s love and kindness to all

Be a better witness and seek first the Kingdom of God

Determine to speak right words of faith (Prov. 18:21) and hope vs. negativism, doubt, fear. Speak the Word of God over needs. Bless others. Call forth seeds of greatness in those others are tearing down.

3) Petitions – List your needs and write scripture promises for each one in your journal

Your family and lost family members

The church pastor and church family

Health issues

Financial needs, getting out of debt, wisdom to plan

Other personal needs. If a writer, like me, ask the Lord to guide and bless your efforts, your computer, your time, and give you divine connections to those who can assist you. Plant seeds of help to others. Harvest will come just when you need it.

4) Pray for our Nation, Our Leaders, and a Great Awakening

The President, His Cabinet, Congress, Pentagon, city and state leaders

Our schools blessing and protection

Ask God to deliver all unborn babies slated for abortion and turn our nation against murder of the unborn.

Ask God to protect our soldiers, law officers, and firemen whose lives are on the line for our protection

Join the thousands in our nation praying fervently for God to send America a Great Awakening. I believe it is beginning!

5) Resist the devil –and he will flee
         Be forewarned, the enemy will try everything to keep you from prayer and fasting. Be wise. Don’t plan anything extra to do, or places to go. Give this prayer and fasting week your first, best and quality time. Refuse to be sidetracked, sideswiped or sick in Jesus’ name! You are in the Army now!

During my week of  prayer and fasting, I usually spend about an hour daily in the above type prayer mode, then go about my regular duties

Two vital things God spoke to me during earlier January Prayer and Fasts

1) He instructed us to move our retirement funds out of the stock market several years ago two weeks before the first big 300 point dip of the market. Some folks lost a great deal.

2) For years I have lifted up our financial plans, especially investments for retirement, during these January times. One year the Lord spoke into my spirit, "If you don't become a better steward over your body, somebody else will be steward over your retirement funds." DUH! I got that message and that coming year we made an about face toward a healthier diet, supplements, and regular, diligent exercise. We continue to study health stuff in our retirement. And we are blessed in every way. Even with our retirement funds. We give God the glory!

Thanks for stopping by. Do you have a pointer for prayer and fasting or an experience to share? Don't miss next week's guest blog on "32 Ways to Write About Fear."

Elva Martin

Elva Cobb Martin is vice-president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. She has two inspirational novels published with Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas. Summer of Deception, a contemporary romantic suspense, and an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt. Both have spent time on Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers List for Women’s Religious Fiction. She has indie published a Bible study on Amazon, Power Over Satan, on the  believer's authority in Christ. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried Elva's articles. She and her husband Dwayne are semi-retired ministers. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives in South Carolina. Connect with her on her web site,on Twitter; Facebook;  and Pinterest    
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