How many people in the Bible died from fasting and seeking the Lord? None.
How many people do we personally know who have died from fasting and truly seeking the Lord? I myself have never heard of one person dying that way. Maybe you have, but I doubt it.
Why is that important?
Twenty-five years ago, I watched a video on a TBN program that had been smuggled out of China. The video showed an underground house church meeting in rural China. The house was packed with people. When they praised and worshipped God, they were totally into it, everyone of them. In their praying, it was the same way. They were totally into praying, weeping, travailing, crying out to God, bowing, and prostrating themselves before the Lord. I have never seen or have been a part of a praise and worship service or a prayer meeting like that ever in my life.
Then, the video showed a young evangelist praying for people. He prayed for blind people. The video showed close-ups of cloudiness and cataracts being removed from eyes by the Holy Spirit as we watched. The video showed cancers and tumors falling off people as they were healed. Miracle after miracle after miracle.
The man’s secret: he fasted on the side of a mountain for 80 days. Eighty days!
So, how could he fast for eighty days?
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Whether we fast for one day or eighty days, it requires dependence on God’s grace to overcome our body’s desire to eat. But with the grace comes the power of Christ to make our prayers more effective.
If you want to read about radical Chinese house churches and a man who fasted 100 days, go here.
(Continued in Part 15…earlier parts can be read by clicking here or above on the header.)