The Secret Sauce: Prayer and Fasting


Today we’re going to start a new talk called: The Secret Sauce: Prayer and Fasting. When we end the year, we always go into the next year, starting with the first 21 days, committed to God. It is just a special time of dedication. You know, I believe in giving God the first of our lives. I believe in giving God the first of your day. I believe in giving God the first of your dollar. I believe in giving God the first of your heart and commitment. I believe in you giving him the first of your year. So we’re going to give these first 21 days of special prayer and fasting to God. So, we’re going to talk about what that means and what that looks like. It’s the secret sauce, I believe, in helping us go from good to great in our life and our walk with Jesus, Mt. Carmel Church.

Sometimes in our Lives, Good is the Enemy of Great


Jim Collins wrote this book called Good to Great. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend the book, but he talks about how good is the enemy of great. That is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. Few people attain great lives in large part because Mt. Carmel Church it is just so easy to settle for a good life. Have you ever had to make a decision to give up something good in exchange for something that might be great? Sometimes in our life, good is the enemy of great. If we settle for good, we may never achieve greatness. There could be something that’s good like sometimes how you figure out whether I need to move on from something, or move on from a habit or move on from a situation is that we try and find what’s wrong with it, Mt. Carmel Church.

I encourage you, don’t always look for what’s wrong with something before you move on. Like is it something great? I was talking to my kids just over the holiday weekend. We have two that are in college that are home, and we’re talking about what they are going to do after they graduate. We already have one that’s thinking about their masters when they graduate from college. I’m like, what? And so we’re just talking about, and I just want to encourage them as I listened to them. Don’t think about what you can do. Well with that degree, I could do this, or I could do that. I could do a lot of things, but what’s going to really fulfill you? Let’s look for something great to do. There’s a lot of good jobs out there, but I don’t want a good job. I want to fulfill this goal.


I want to do something that’s going to be great. We’ll be a part of something great. So that’s what we’re talking about today. The secret sauce is helping us go from good to great in our walk with Jesus. These are things I think are of key ingredients of being successful are in our walk with Jesus. So if you’ve got your Bibles, let’s get those out. You’ve got your sermon notes there in your worship guide. You can follow along with the sermon notes there or you can get them on the YouVersion Bible app. You can follow along in the events section of that. If you’ve got your Bibles, open them up. We are expecting for God to speak to us every time we open up the Bible. That’s why we get excited about it because Mt. Carmel Church he wants to talk to us more than we want to talk to him, Mt. Carmel Church.


So we get excited every time you open your Bibles. Let’s open them up this morning to Matthew chapter 6. I’m going to read some scriptures here at, Mt. Carmel Church. This is Jesus talking. It’s in the red, so it’s really important. The secret sauce. Matthew chapter 6 says this, verse five, and when you pray. Everybody say, when you pray. You shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets that they may be seen by men. Notice who they want to be seen by assuredly, I say to you, they have the reward, but you, when you pray, here’s what you do. When you pray, go into your room and when you have shut your door, pray to your father who’s in the secret place and your father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathens do for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore, do not be like them. For your father knows the things that you have need of before you ask him. I want to jump down to verse 16 just for time sake. Moreover, when you fast. Say when you fast. Yeah, Mt. Carmel Church has your back. When you fast, do not be like the hypocrites that sound familiar with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Notice who they’re fasting to. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. It sounds really familiar, but you, when you fast, anoint your head, wash your face so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your father who is in the secret place and your father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Let’s pray. Father, I just thank you for the reading of your word. Holy Spirit, I ask you to come and speak to us. I pray that you bring this word alive. I pray you apply it into our hearts. I pray, Lord, you will help me to speak with clarity and with understanding that we will all get what you want us to get this morning. That we will understand your truths and apply it where we need to apply it. So Lord Jesus, we give you all the praise. It’s in your name we pray. Somebody say amen.


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