The fasting lifestyle of John preceded the ministry of Jesus. He was a type of Elijah, he was a way maker… a voice crying in the wilderness. Your fast is also a preparation in nature, making the way for a greater expression of Jesus. Regardless of how hopeless things look way makers are used by God to advance the cause of the Son. Gods will is that grace increases. No matter how deep rebellion may run, God wants to overcome it with grace. You and your prayers are an expression of grace. You, dear Christian, are the standard God is using to overcome evil.
Isaiah 59:19 – When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.
Romans 5:20-21 – The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness…
Bill Bright was a hinge man for Campus Crusade for Christ, a catalyst for revival. He responded to the call on his life by fasting for 40 days several times. He heard the Lord promise a million person harvest was coming and he felt it would be connected to a prayer and fasting movement. He wrote, “the promise of the coming revival carries one condition… believers by the millions must first humble themselves and seek His face in fasting and prayer.”
Let’s take on a posture of humility. Let’s manifest spiritual hunger. Let’s believe for the advancing of Jesus on the heels of our fasting and prayer.
Isaiah 40:31 – … those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Fasting has been likened to Atomic power. Franklin Hall started a fasting revival around the time of the newly developed Atomic bomb dropped on Japan. (See his book Atomic power of prayer and fasting). The explosive quality of this relatively small fasting movement disproportionately shook the earth. Such is the power of fasting. It is a far larger spiritual reality than merely skipping food and praying. Rather it is a weapon of divine proportions, sadly underutilized in the arsenal of the church.
Do not overlook the chronology of historical revivals and the affect fasting had in bringing these moves of God into our realm. Franklin Hall releases his revelation on fasting and many begin to fast and read his book and testimonies. Corporate fasting breaks out in 1946. Following that season a healing revival breaks out in 1947. The modern era’s most profound evangelistic ministries soon followed; Bill Bright in 1948, Billy Graham’s tent revivals in 1949. (pg 31 The Jesus Fast)
God still works through this tool to advance His kingdom. We become those who plow up the hard ground through fasting and prayer.
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