Fasting was popular among many of the men and women that God used throughout Church history. Not only the well-known intercessors like Rees Howells, but also most of the great preachers and evangelists of all time practiced the discipline of fasting and prayer.
Did you know that Charles Finney fasted every week? When he felt less power in his ministry, he would fast two or three days. Then the power would return. Perhaps he is one of the greatest and most anointed soul-winners of all time. John Wesley required all Methodists to fast every Wednesday and Friday until 4:00 P.M. The famous John Knox impacted the nation of Britain through prayer and fasting. Martin Luther fasted one day each week with many additional fasts.
Look at what these men accomplished for God.
Their lives were ones of power. If we look at the Azusa Street Revival in 1906, we must realize that it started as a result of a ten-day period of prayer and fasting. In preparation for this mighty end-time revival and harvest, will it not take men and women from every nation and background fervently praying and fasting in increasing measure for this mighty outpouring of God?
“The trumpet call to fasting is being heard throughout the world. This is the decade of fasting and prayer. ‘Blow the trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly’ (Joel 2:15). Today, the trumpet call of the Spirit is clear. We are to prepare for the future with a great deal of prayer and fasting. Congregations and leaders are responding worldwide. Intercessory prayer, joined with fasting, increases the spiritual alertness and effectiveness of God’s people.” Frank Damazio
By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International