God’s Deliverance Wrought Through Fasting And Prayer
In Bible times when great dangers confronted God’s people, they fasted and prayed, and great victories were won. "And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah" (2 Chron. 20:3). Here a whole nation was about to be wiped out, but through fasting and prayer they prevailed with God against their enemies.
In the days of Ezra, another victory was won for the people of the Lord through fasting and prayer. Ezra writes, "I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of Him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek Him…So we fasted and besought our God for this: and He was entreated of us" (Ezra 8:21-23).
Here Ezra and the remnant returning from captivity were entrusted with a great sum of money to deliver back to Jerusalem for the rebuilding of her walls. The way back was infested with robbers but they entreated the Lord in fasting prayer to be with them, and Ezra says, "He was entreated of us." In this day, God’s people are ashamed to seek Him and trust Him so implicitly.
Other Scriptures showing how God’s people were delivered from trouble through fasting prayer are as follows: Nehemiah 1-4; 9-10; Esther 4-10; Jonah 3:5-10; 1 Samuel 7:6-9; 1 Kings 21:27; Daniel 10:2-5.
In the closing book of the Bible (Revelation), we come upon John on Patmos. He is the beloved apostle. Because of this he is called upon to close his life – and the Bible – with a fast. See him alone on that barren isle. The Roman Empire had left him there to starve. But God turns his starvation into a holy fast, and reveals to His beloved secrets that have been the joy of all ages since.
Now in these closing days we are confidently looking forward to the fulfillment of this great revelation. As we say, "Even so, Come, Lord Jesus," shall we utter it with prayer and fasting? Shall we align ourselves with the Lord, and with all of His great saints of all ages, in prayer and fasting – looking for that Blessed Hope? (Titus 2:11-14).