Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. Deuteronomy 5:33
A pastor once told me how God called him to Louisville, Kentucky, a number of years ago. After receiving the call, he contacted one of the most spiritually gifted men in our nation at that time, who told him not to go because, “That place is simply overpowered with darkness —the worst place in the United States to go. It is a graveyard for preachers.”
The pastor returned to the Lord and prayed, “Lord, here is a man of God saying not to go.” And the Lord said, “But I’m telling you to go.” So, the man went. He was a pastor in that city for 10 years, but didn’t seem to accomplish anything; the church was not doing well. So, he went to Chicago to apply for another church. While he was in Chicago, the Lord spoke to him and said, “What are you doing here? I called you to Louisville.”
The pastor answered, “God, I’m failing in Louisville! I’m tired of Louisville. I’ve tried everything for 10 years, and nothing works.” God said, “You’ll be out of My will.” And the pastor said, “I must not be in Your will as it is!” Then God said, “You’re in My will, but you need to call your church to fasting and prayer.” So, this man began a tremendous prayer program and within two years, his church grew from 200 people to 2,000.
What made the difference? Obedience to God in prayer and fasting had broken the power of darkness over that city. The powers of darkness were there from the beginning, but in 10 years, the pastor had done nothing necessary to break the force of those powers.
Sometimes we must fast and pray to break the powers of darkness and see unbelief turned into the revival of belief.
Jesus, I declare that You are mightier than the powers of darkness!