As we read the accounts of prayer and fasting in the book of Acts, we begin to understand what a significant role this spiritual practice played in the life of the early church.
In Acts 13:2-3, the scripture give us insight into fasting when it says, “One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.’ So after more fasting and payer, the men laid their hands-on them and sent them on their way.”
It was during a period of fasting they heard the Holy Spirit speak. – Fasting makes us more sensitive and aware of the voice of the Holy Spirit. As a result of your participation in iPray, expect to hear God speak.
The calling of Barnabas and Saul was confirmed to the church while they were fasting. – It may be that during iPray that God will confirm His calling on your life and give you specific direction.
Before Barnabas and Saul began their ministry they spent time in prayer and fasting. This is the same pattern that Jesus followed. Before he began His earthly ministry he fasted for 40 days. Part of the biblical preparation for ministry includes fasting. For some of you involved in iPray, this is a time of spiritual preparation.
Meditate on this passage this week. Spend time, not only in prayer, but in worship also. Spend time in the company of godly men and women. Listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit. Take what God says seriously and obey Him.
God will speak and set the course of the next season of your life as you pray and fast!