Read Acts 13:1 – 4 & 14:21 – 23
“Then after fasting and praying, they put their hands on them and sent them away.”
– Acts 13:3
“And when they had appointed and ordained elders for them in each church with prayer and fasting, they committed them to the Lord in Whom they had come to believe.”
– Acts 14:23
We see the discipline of fasting being used in the days of Scripture. In the exciting time of the church’s birth, leaders were selected and commissioned in conjunction with prayer and fasting. Even Jesus selected His disciples after a time of fasting in the wilderness.
What happened to this discipline? All through Scripture, we see examples of the effectiveness of prayer with fasting (Esther 4:16 & 5:2, Ezra 8:23, 1 Samuel 7:6). There are even those who suggest that Daniel practiced a form of fasting outlined in the book called by his name (Daniel 1:8).
Do we need to become more diligent in our personal and corporate prayer life? What would our ministries look like if we engaged in this discipline as a regular part of our personal and corporate lives?
If I asked you today to join me in a practice of fasting would you? For how long? Would you call others under your leadership to join you? Would you expect it to make a difference? If not, why did so many godly people before us practice it? If you didn’t join me, what would be holding you back? If you do, why do you do it? Can you inspire the rest of us with your story or stories? Could that next level in your ministry be waiting for the next level of discipline in your personal walk with God?
Would you join me today in stepping up your offense in the battle against the enemy to win the world to Christ? Is it worth it to you?