This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting (NKJV Mark 9: 29).
Today is Day Fifteen of our 21 Day Fast for Pastor Saeed. We’ve seen a surprising new development which has given Saeed’s family a glimmer of hope. President Obama has chosen Boise State University, Naghmeh’s hometown, as one of his stops on his national tour. He will speak there at 11am tomorrow (MST). No one knows just why the President chose Boise. Could this be the breakthrough that Naghmeh and the thousands fasting and praying with her have been looking for? I agree with Naghmeh that this looks to be a God thing.
We must continue to pray fervently that Naghmeh will actually have an opportunity to talk with the President. That his heart will be moved to bring Saeed home. Naghmeh has made repeated attempts to have a face to face meeting with the President during her many trips to Washington on Saeed’s behalf. She has come up against repeated roadblocks.
Click here to read the letter Naghmeh just wrote to the President. As you read her letter, allow yourself to carry her burden and feel her grief. Fasting enables us to grieve and mourn over things that are broken. Suffering, loss, and injustice. We grieve for what’s not right and we intercede in prayer for God to intervene.
I’ve noticed that prayer and fasting seem to bring hidden things into the light. This compels me to seek God more fervently. Perhaps that’s part of the secret. Fasting weakens our flesh so that we kick into the spirit mode. We replace our hunger for food (or whatever we are fasting from) with God’s Word and find His Word fills us in ways food does not. And that Word makes us strong. Continue reading
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President Obama just announced Thursday that he plans to visit Boise Idaho next week as one of his stops on a national tour. Boise just happens to be Naghmeh Abedini’s hometown. The President will speak at Boise State University Wednesday night on topics related to his State of the Union address. No one knows exactly why Boise is on the President’s schedule. Perhaps it’s because Idaho has the largest percentage of unlawful immigrants in our country. Others think it’s because of lobby efforts by conservationists in Iowa.
Naghmeh believes this is a breakthrough in response to the 21 Day Fast for Saeed. So do I. Naghmeh has somehow managed to secure tickets to the event. In preparation, she plans to fast from all food for the next three days.
Friends, let’s press in with concentrated prayers for Naghmeh and Saeed! Let’s agree that the door would miraculously open for her to speak personally with the President. And let’s be bold in our prayers for Saeed’s release. It’s time for this man to come home to his family!
This morning, as I reflected on Naghmeh’s post from yesterday, I sensed that her urgency is from the Lord. Ask the Holy Spirit to empower your prayers as you read the following excerpt from Naghmeh:
Afterward Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘LET MY PEOPLE GO, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness'” (Exodus 5:1).
“When I pray, Naghmeh writes, “I usually take my request before the Lord and gently ask Him if He would grant my request. Over the last two weeks I have focused on repentance, letting go, and pressing deeper into Christ. I have never been the one to demand or command in my prayers.
But the last few days as I have been praying, I have felt the Lord say it’s time. He has lead me to this passage of Moses of commanding the release of people of Israel who were in bondage…LET MY PEOPLE GO!” Please join me today in commanding the freedom of Saeed (over the darkness and principalities that are over that area) and believing God for a miracle!”
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