In the midst of the fifty-day sales drought, I felt the Lord wanted me to fast. How long? I had no idea. Why? I did not ask and had no clue. So, I began fasting the next morning.
For my fast, I drank water and and ate no food, but I allowed myself morning coffee.
Did things quickly improve for me? Heavens no! My sales drought continued.
On the 14th evening of the fast, I received a phone call from a former client’s wife. Somehow, I had once mentioned to him that I believed the Lord could heal his wife of an ailment.
“Larry, do you really believe the Lord can heal me?” she asked.
“When can you pray for me?”
Two days later, I showed up at her home with my pastor and her husband. Her daughter-in-law was also there. We chatted a bit until I felt a presence of God fall upon me. I walked over and began praying for her.
As I prayed, I discerned her ailment was caused by a demon rather than being a physical issue. As my prayers increased in tempo, I felt an inner urge to command it to leave.
“Go!” I proclaimed.
Then, I turned to the daughter-in-law, and prophesied, “You’re going to have a baby. So, fix up a room for the child now.”
The daughter-in-law broke down and cried. She eventually collected herself enough to tell us how she and her husband had just undergone extensive tests, discovering they could never have children.
That night, on the sixteenth day, I ate again.
The lady phoned two nights later. “Larry, did you know what ailment I suffered from?” she asked.
“I had Tourette Syndrome,” she said and explained how her tics and rants kept her housebound and away from public gatherings for years. “I’m totally healed. Thanks.”
A year later, I received a card from the daughter-in-law announcing the birth of their baby girl.
And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast the demon out?” So He said to them, ”This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:29)
Sometimes, in spiritual warfare, we have to fast in order to win the battle.
What was the third lesson I learned during the fifty-day sales drought?
(Continued in Part 9)