By Kenneth E. Hagin
Rev. Hagin encourages Christians to envision and stick to the scriptural purposes for fasting. He discuss-es the correct size for a quick, and he provides an attractive substitute to the conventional view of fasting--an replacement the Lord gave him
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I shut myself up in my church and spent many hours praying. I said to my wife, "I know when we eat. If I don't come out to eat, don't send the children after me. " I did quite a bit of fasting. I also did quite a bit of praying, and I spent that extra time in the Word of God. And often—because the church was next door—I got up and went over in the night to pray while everyone else was asleep. One night I prayed all night long. Many nights I prayed nearly all night long. I spent time fellowshipping with God, waiting on Him, walking up and down the aisles praying.
I was pastor of a little church in the country and had an extra job on the side. One day I was working outdoors and knew I was getting too hot. I knew I ought to stop. Something on the inside of me—the inward witness—told me, but I didn't listen to it. I went right on, and had a heat stroke. My heart stopped, and I nearly died. I had Full Gospel people lay hands on me and pray for me, even though I was a Baptist. You know, I couldn't get a thing until I repented and said, “Dear God, I repent. ” The minute I made that promise to God, I rose up perfectly healed.
If you fast and don't minister to the Lord, it might not do you too much good. But fasting will give you that extra time to wait on God. At the same time, it will help you keep the flesh under. You Must Have a Purpose As mentioned before, it seems in the New Testament that people fasted under these conditions: to minister to the Lord, to ordain men to the ministry, or to seek God in times of extreme danger. You always must have a purpose. Don't fast just because someone tells you to. Don't Fast for Revival I've known some pastors who try to fast for a revival.
A commonsense guide to fasting by Kenneth E. Hagin