Pray, Fast, and Give

12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. ~ Ecclesiastes 4:12NIV

The number three stands for that which is solid, real, substantial, complete, and entire. The significance of 3 comes from the fact that it is the first of four perfect numbers: (3, 7, 10, 12)

    1. Three denotes divine perfection
    2. Seven denotes spiritual perfection
    3. Ten denotes ordinal perfection
    4. Twelve denotes governmental perfection

God is three separate persons, yet He is One. “Hear O Israel, the LORD thy God is one” (Deuteronomy 6:4). Now, since we are created in His image, we too are triune beings:

    1. Body
    2. Spirit
    3. Soul

As Christians, our main three-strand cord is:

    1. Prayer
    2. Fasting
    3. Giving

These are only three of our Christian Disciplines. But they are three of our most powerful weapons of warfare. What soldier goes into battle without first taking up his weapon and learning how to use it so that when he is in the heat of battle, he can fight successfully and overcome the enemy?

With these three disciplines, there is nothing that we cannot do. We can overcome anything with prayer, fasting, and giving. When we pray, God hears us. When we fast, we are strengthened. When we give, we are blessed. God has given us a strong three-strand cord to help us overcome any obstacle in our way; let us not take it for granted. Instead, let us put into practice these three disciplines that we may stand firm in our faith.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Pray, Fast, and Give.

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