Surely if man’s scientific achievement has increased in momentum, there must also be something to be found somewhere in the Word of God that will accelerate his SPIRITUAL PROGRESS. Like most scriptural truths, there is something; but only the wise shall understand it. The seemingly insignificance and misunderstanding may have been cause for its neglect. This latent power is FASTING AND PRAYER. This is a prayer that is prayed under the influence of fasting. Our spiritual progress will be like supersonic speed.
Thank God there is something which makes for Spiritual progress that is more scientific than anything man has accomplished to date, and which accomplishes wonders for our Spiritual welfare in a very short time. Without this knowledge, this goal might not be attained for many years, or perhaps NEVER. That something is FASTING AND PRAYER.
Our ultimate aim and desire should be the EXALTING OF JESUS CHRIST and the GLORIFYING OF HIM. Without prayer and fasting every Christian will more or less mark time and fail in their purpose. The most successful and the quickest method is through PRAYER AND FASTING; this pleases Jesus and in pleasing HIM we are availing ourselves of GREAT OPPORTUNITIES. “Delight thyself in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Ps. 37:4
FASTING AND PRAYER make it far easier to DELIGHT OURSELVES IN THE LORD, it will give us the light ON THIS POWER. SPACE AND TIME TO GOD WILL SHRINK AND DISTANCE WILL CEASE TO BE, when one receives the potential light and puts it into practice.
TESTIMONYIf any person fasts without taking water, and he can do so if he wishes, I must say, “Amen.” However, any person can take short fasts of several days only, without water, as well as food, and still receive spiritual benefits for their sacrifice. See Esther 4:16, “Fast ye for me and neither eat nor drink three days.”
Doing without food will give you that spiritual uplift and power, with or without water. This has been proven many times. This fact is true in the fast of a few days, but we are now dealing with the long fast, which will give one power to do mighty things, seemingly the impossible, the fast that will break down denominational barriers and restore the body of Christ to its place of power and into the unity of the faith.
Dr. Tanner, who fasted over forty days on three occasions, declared that in the second half of each of the three fasts, the unspeakable glories of the world beyond were revealed to him. Dr. Tanner lived to be ninety-two years of age, and gave credit to fasting for his longevity of life. In Dr. Tanners’ day they ridiculed Christ’s fast, saying, “nobody could fast that long.” Dr. Tanner challenged them. His first fast lasted over forty days, and was under observation by his disbelievers. He was weighed and checked daily; thus he broke down the ridicule of fasting in his time. Dr. Tanner was a physician as well as a Christian. His first fast was so glorious; BLACK HAIR REPLACES that later on he took additional fasts of over forty days. After his last fast a crop of new black hair appeared in place of the grey hair.
Luther fasted for days at a time, while translating the Bible, and herein undoubtedly lies the secret of his unrivaled translation, and it is also responsible for bringing the reformation revival of his time. His great faith was likewise largely through the revelation of God’s presence, which is revealed through PRAYER AND FASTING. Thank God for men that get a vision, who will go all out.
He was tempted to command the stones to become food. Jesus’ answer was very effective, “MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.” See Deut. 8:3 and Matt. 4:4. Again Jesus shows what value the world will place on food when “The Son of Man cometh. For as in the days that were before the flood, they were EATING AND DRINKING. So shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.” Jesus is not criticizing the eating to live. But He is greatly condemning the “living to eat,” that is so prevalent everywhere. It is a sign of the last days. The sign that tells us that the coming of our Lord draweth nigh. In Matt. 24:37, 38, and Luke 21:34, eating is placed ahead of drinking.