HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
MEN OF GOD CONTINUE TO FAST
Fasting is not limited to believers the Bible mentions. Most of the church’s reformers – including Martin Luther, John Calvin and John Knox, Oral Roberts, Billy Graham, William Branham – fasted. Knox fasted and prayed so much that Queen Mary said she feared his prayers more than all the armies of Scotland.
John Wesley, the renown English preacher, missionary and founder of Methodism, fasted twice weekly from sun up until the late afternoon. Charles Finney, a revivalist of the 1800s, fasted regularly week and would often go three days without eating when he felt any diminution of spiritual power at his meetings.
Members of the Spiritual Baptist Faith made it their practice to fast and pray. They believe it plays a vital role in what God does through them and their ministry of Spiritual Baptist.
I am encouraging believers of the Mystical Order Ministry to fast, but I am also warning of two common pitfalls:
First, we can become legalistic about fasting. It is essential to remember God loves us and is not displeased with us when we do not fast.
Second, we can take pride in our fasting. We can avoid this problem by focusing on God’s character and all He has done for us. Most of us do not need to worry about having the wrong attitude or motive while fasting. A more likely problem is we may not fast at all.
Fasting is a commitment to seeking the Lord. It is not reserved for the self-righteous, but it is a privilege from which each of us can benefit.