Today’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 5:18-6:81 (additional reading: Psalm 6:1-10 and Proverbs 18:20-21)
For many, the question races through the minds “Why pray and fast?” If you study revival, you will notice that there is something very powerful about doing these two disciplines together. It’s as though we open up the floodgate of God’s power and it rushes out and things happen from the flood of his presence.
The combination of prayer and fasting seems to align the heart of man with the heartbeat of God. The heart of man starts to change his heartbeat during times of prayer and fasting and it starts to beat in sync with God’s heartbeat. This is one of the missing keys of the church today. Prayer and fasting are the two essential ingredients to unlocking more of the power of God into our lives and into the church.
1 Chronicles 5:18-22 says “The Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh had 44,760 men ready for military service—able-bodied men who could handle shield and sword, who could use a bow, and who were trained for battle. They waged war against the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish and Nodab. They were helped in fighting them, and God handed the Hagrites and all their allies over to them, because they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him. They seized the livestock of the Hagrites—fifty thousand camels, two hundred fifty thousand sheep and two thousand donkeys. They also took one hundred thousand people captive, and many others fell slain, because the battle was God’s. And they occupied the land until the exile.”
Isn’t it amazing to experience prayers answered – maybe it’s time that we begin to take fasting more seriously. John Piper wrote ‘Christian fasting, at its root, is the hunger of a homesickness for God. It is a test to see what desires control us. Fasting reveals the measure of food’s mastery over us – or television or computers or whatever we submit to again and again to conceal the weakness of our hunger for God. A real lived-out human act of preference for God over His gifts is the actual lived-out glorification of God’s excellence for which He created the world. Fasting is not the only way, or the main way, that we glorify God in preferring Him above His gifts. But it is one way.
- Have you ever spent time in prayer and fasting?
Father, Thank You for answering our prayers. Thank You that through prayer and fasting You change our hearts that we can better understand Your will for us. Help us to desire those things which please You. In Jesus’ name, Amen