Day 7

Being With Jesus

No one can know another more deeply without spending quality time with them. We found out very quickly in our first year in Canada that when someone invites you home for a meal it is a big deal. More often than not it is a time of getting to know each other better. I remember once when a member of our church remarked matter-of-factly after we had shared a meal in our home “I feel like I know you now.” Have you noticed how several married couples tend to start looking alike or at least share some mannerisms after a few years together? The same can be said of friends and family. As we invest time with Jesus we ought to begin to look more like Him in character.

This was why Jesus the King of Order chose some from the multitude who followed “to be with Him.” Being with Him was more important than Kingdom building tasks such as preaching, casting out devils, and healing the sick. Do you know that oftentimes they retreated into the same house to be together and learn from Him? Retreats were common in their company. See Mark 6:31

Changed Forever

Those who were with Him did not remain the same. They were changed for the better forever! Their faith was not dry and powerless. Let us look at three areas where “Deeper With Jesus” changed their lives for God’s glory.

They Were Empowered

The first disciples of Jesus were a potpourri of interesting characters. Peter, James, and John were uneducated fishermen when they met Jesus, and others were sneaky public servants, like Matthew the tax collector and publican. Peter was often irrational, the sons of Zebedee desired superpowers to call down fire on anyone who offended them (See Luke 9:54). They did not remain the same. There was a remarkable change. To each one of them, he gave power over the devil and his minions as well as power to heal all kinds of sicknesses. This only happened after He had spent some time with them teaching them many things.

And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.

Matthew 10:1 NKJV

When Jesus was leaving finally after accomplishing His short but historically central mission on earth one of the very last things He said about those who believe in Him was “In my name, they shall cast out devils.” It takes the power of God to cast out devils. Evil spirits respond only to legal authority in Jesus’ name and nothing else.

They Experienced Christ In Glory

Imagine watching Jesus walking calmly on the water as the waves danced threateningly towards the boat at 3.30 am. They first thought they were seeing a ghost. That in my opinion is fear multiplied by the power 10. You first are sure you will die and then to add insult to injury a ghost appears. These guys must have regretted deciding to row across the sea toward Capernaum. But then He spoke and “said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Many other examples abound where Jesus manifested His glory:

  • Water turned to wine at a wedding in Cana of Galilee
  • The feeding of 5,000
  • Raising the dead like Lazarus, Jairus’ daughter and the Widow of Nain’s son
  • And several other miracles

They Became Bold Preachers

They became bold to the point where their love for Jesus swallowed their concern for their own lives and safety. They were sold out to Jesus!

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. 14 And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 16 saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.17 But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.”

Acts 4:13-17 NKJV

There is so much more than just these three items. But we will stop here and reflect on our lives in this generation. Do we love Him and want Him enough to go deeper and experience His glory? Is Jesus all we want?

You’re All I Want

Let Us Pray

Enjoy some worship and Host The Presence Of God

Prayer Items

Please use the verses provided below for prayer. We are following the Model Prayer Template

  • Psalm 68. Give thanks to God for the completion of Day 6. Ask for continued strength to complete the fast for yourself and others embarking on this fast. Thank God for His answers in this regard.
  • Ephesians 1:15-21. Praise our Father that we are already having deeper encounters with the Lord and His Holy Spirit.
  • Matthew 6:9. Hallow (honor and respect greatly) His name. His Name is Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Would you call Him by those names and reflect on how He is indeed showing Himself in these names to you?
  • Matthew 6:10, Hebrews 6:9, Acts 1:8. His will is that we are empowered for Kingdom assignments. Please pray that He will visit us with divine power during this extended fast.
  • Matthew 6:11, Psalm 35:27. The Lord is interested in your all round prosperity. Speak progress and that we will do well as Children of God.
  • Matthew 6:12. Forgive anyone who offended you and ask for His cleansing for known and unknown trespasses. Forgive your spouse, your parents, and your children for any mistakes or grievous sins against you. Let it go in Jesus name!
  • Matthew 6:13b, Ephesians 6:10-12, Psalm 35:1-8. Here’s what I am confessing: “Lord thank you for the authority given to me in Jesus’ name. With that authority, I stand to declare victory over every wile of satan in Jesus Mighty Name.”
  • Matthew 6:13c, Revelation 11:15. Praise Him for His Kingdom Power and dominion are forever. Glory Hallelujah!


  • January 12, 2024 at 6:31 am
    Verneda Neely says:

    Good morning,
    One of my prayers during this time of fasting is for my great nephew & myself. He will be 16 next month. I am his legal full time caretaker/guardian. He is a very bright child. Unfortunately,
    he has mental health issues. Suicidal ideation thoughts, low self-esteem and attention seeking behaviors to name a few. Currently He has been placed in a facility for help. My prayer is for him to be receptive to this help! My strength and to listen to the Lord’s voice on my decisions with him!

    • January 12, 2024 at 5:02 pm
      Jacinth says:

      Hi Verneda, am coming alongside you in prayer for Jesus Christ who shed his powerful blood for this very situation in your life. The blood that never loses its power( John 3:16) He started good work in both of you and he will finish it. in Jesus’ mighty mighty name(Jeremiah 29:11) He stands on his promises. He is not a man He can not lie. When you see two sets of footprints just know he is carrying you both, (in your mindset vision it). (Matthew 11:29)Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Verneda I stand with you for a miracle healing for this beautiful son of the highest God, I pray for this testimony that you will testify in Jesus’ mighty name, Please go back and read the prayers where it says: I will stand to declare victory over every wile of satan in Jesus name. Gods will be done! God will get the glory!!! In Jesus’ might! Mighty name,. Jesus loves you and so do I my sister in Christ Jesus. :))Jacinth

    • January 12, 2024 at 7:46 pm
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      Yes glory be to Jesus. This is a prayer of agreement and I see God moving to honour your faith in Jesus name. Amen!

    • January 12, 2024 at 5:27 pm
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      Father in Heaven in the Mighty Name of Jesus thank You for Your love and kindness every day to us humans who are not worthy of your love and care. You sent Jesus that we may come into Your family. I pray for your daughter today. Arise and favour her in the Name of Jesus for the time of favour has come. I speak words of comfort to you.

      Be courageous and advance in the name of Jesus Christ. God will speak to you. He will make His voice clear to you. Please stand in the authority that Jesus has given us and continually rebuke the enemy in the life of your great nephew and he will flee. Resist the devil and he will flee. In Jesus Name. Amen. Many blessings today and always

    • January 12, 2024 at 8:49 pm
      Jacinth says:

      Good evening, Verneda I am coming alongside you in prayer as a mother and your sister in Christ Jesus. For God to do only what he can do. He knew you and your nephew before the earth was formed. God says in (Jeremiah1:5 NIV )” Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart, I appointed you as a prophet to the nations,” I stand with you for God to do great and mighty things in you and your nephew’s life in 2024. I stand with you and pray for a miracle healing, in this fast. I pray for the peace of God, which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ. Jesus loves you and so do I all in the mighty name of Jesus. God will get the glory amen. Big hug!

  • January 12, 2024 at 5:57 pm
    Jacinth says:

    A praise note to Pastor Andaza and his beautiful wife: I want to say thank you for your obedience to decrease, so the Holy Spirit can increase in you and for your hard work in putting the fast together through the mighty hand of God, in Jesus’ name. I feel so very blessed! My cup is running over lol..I was led by the Holy Spirit to Testify. I heard the church commercial on (95.1 CHVN) again was led by the Holy Spirit to look you up. found out about the fast. Had started a little something on my own. The Lord gave me something beyond my wildest dreams. what a privilege to have spiritual food laid out for me before I awake. There is so much food to feast on at this banquet. Am so grateful to share among such a wonderful church family. To you beautiful wife, I did not get a chance to tell you! The Holy Spirit dropped in my spirit. You are a daughter and a wife and mom, a beautiful woman and queen of the highest God.
    God’s radiance shines through you! Out of your belly (husband and wife)flow rivers of living water. (John 7:38) The LORD of heaven and earth is well pleased! In Jesus’ mighty holy name. Amen THKU:))


    • January 12, 2024 at 7:42 pm
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      Wow oh wow!!! What a wonderful story. Thank you so much for sharing and I say a big amen to your prayer. Glory to God!

  • January 12, 2024 at 7:31 pm
    Jacinth says:

    Am checking to see what happened to my praise note maybe I did not push the post wow!

    • January 12, 2024 at 7:40 pm
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      You did push it. Ima read it right now!

  • January 12, 2024 at 9:46 pm
    Jacinth says:

    I see it, thank you I was trying to get to the evening prayers lol… I ended up writing Verneda twice because I didn’t see hers on the first look either. It is well in Jesus name. May God bless you and your family in great health, your beautiful wife and children and your ministry abundantly. May everything you and your wife pray for on this fast! You will testify! In Jesus’ mighty name pressed down and shaken together running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again in Jesus’ mighty name amen. The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. In Jesus Holy name amen. ( Numbers 6:24-26)

    • January 13, 2024 at 6:40 am
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      Amen and amen. Thank you Jacinth!

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