We’re on our series called the secret sauce of prayer and fasting every year at the beginning of the first 21 days of the year, we commit the year and our hearts to God through prayer and fasting. Today’s day, 19 only two days to go. We’re pressing into what God has for you. It’s been an awesome time, a challenging time, but a great time. And uh, so I’m excited about what God has in store for us. So if you want to jump into what we’re talking about today or a sermon you’ve got, your worship notes are going to be available there in your worship guide Mt. Carmel Church has ever experienced.
What’d I say? Worship notes. Sermon notes, thank you. Sermon notes are available in your worship guide. And then you can also go to YouVersion Bible app to get your sermon notes. Download them there. But we always expect God to speak to us every time we opened the Bible, we’re pumped about it Mt. Carmel Church.
And you think he wants to talk to us more than we want to talk to him. So every time we opened the Bible, we get excited about it. So if you’ve got those Bibles today, open them up to Matthew chapter nine that’s what I’m talking about. I heard you overflow, heard you back there. Matthew chapter, not two things we’re going to talk about today. Are you ready? Two things. Number one, we’re going to talk about fasting. Just to encourage us on these last three days, if you’ve not been a part of, you’ve not joined in with us in our prayer and fasting, you got three days. You can jump in right now. If you start in and then you stop somewhere in the process. I’m going to encourage you today to jump in as a family for these last three days that we press in.
I like to say it this way. I don’t want to limp across the finish line. I want to run through the tape to my body. Sometimes once at the end was just, you know, quit started doing this and compromise this. I’m like, no, I’m running through the tape. They are, I’m running through first base. I’m not stopping short. I’m going through, so I encourage you to jump in, do something. These next three to, I believe we’re going to see something happening in our churches.
We pray and fast together, even over these next three days together in unity. Maybe you say, okay, I’m going to eat one meal a day for the next three days and I’m going to pray and I’m going to read more. Whatever it is you want to do, you just press in for more God, and as we do that together, I believe God’s going to bring breakthrough in individual lives as well as us corporately Mt. Carmel Church.
If you found Matthew chapter nine as you can tell, I’m S I’m excited about it. Look at verse 14 I said, I told you two things. We’re gonna talk about it. I told you about the first one, the first one’s fasting. Second, we’re going to talk about praying, bold, persistent prayers. I’m going to talk about fasting. When we talk about prayer, we’ll hit a boat. Are you ready? Was hip passing first, then disciples of John. I’m in verse 14 of Matthew chapter nine if you’re not there, get there. Then the disciples of John came to him saying, why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast as you do Mt. Carmel Church.
You’ve ever felt like that you’re fasting and somebody else isn’t and you want to drag them down. What do you think you’re doing? Naughty. I’m fat. You know you’ve got to watch that. If you want to fast, fast on your own, fast on your out of your own heart, don’t be angry. Anoint your head, wash your face. Don’t be grouchy pants. Just cause you’re fasting. If you’re fasting and you’re grouchy, get your heart right three days anyway.
But why? Why do we fast? But your disciples don’t. Jeez, we, aren’t they as spiritual as we are? Here’s notice Jesus answers. This is so cool. He says, can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with him, but the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them and then they will what? They will, they will be faxed. So this is Jesus talking. There’s a principal said, Hey, when I’m gone after that, they’re going to fast here at Mt. Carmel Church.
So it’s a biblical principle that Jesus is enforcing. Again, saying, fasting is something I want you to do. After I’m outta here, they will fast. So I’ve just to reinforcing the principle and why it’s here, but notice what happens next in the context of fasting. Here’s what he says Mt. Carmel Church. No one puts a piece of Ventura and shrunk cloth on an old garment for the patch pulls away from the garment and the terrorist made worse, nor do they put new wine into old wineskins or else the wineskins would break.
The wind is spilled and the wineskins are ruined, but they put new wine into new wineskins and both are preserved. Now uses two analogies here. After fasting in the context of fasting, I could talk about both of them, but for time’s sake, I’m only gonna hit one of them. I’m going to hit the wineskins part. Notice what he says. He said they don’t put new wine into old wineskins. I promise you we did not talk before the message on our song list. I came out at our team rally before the service and they were singing this new one. I had looked at the song list and I’m like, you guys don’t even know that. This is where we get into how fasting affects us on a spiritual level.