Now Is The Time to Seek The Lord In Fasting And Prayer 

            A call for 2 million American Christians to fast and pray for 40 days before the year 2000, has been issued by Bill Bright, founder and president of Campus Crusade for Christ.  He himself was led of the Lord to set aside a 40-day period in the summer of 1994 for a time of fasting and prayer, taking only juices and water.  He emphasizes that a person should consult a doctor before undertaking a fast of that length.

            Main thrusts of Bright’s prayers during this time of fasting, meditation and prayer, were for personal renewal and for a spiritual awakening in America, and for fulfillment of the Great Commission around the world.  He received great blessing from God as a result of this time of seeking His face.  “God showed me we will see a mighty awakening sweep our country,” he declared.

            Upon his invitation, about 600 Christian pastors and ministry leaders gathered in Orlando, Florida from December 5 through 7 for a time of prayer and fasting.  It is Bright’s hope that this is only the first of many such gatherings.  A chief concern of the December prayer-fasting gathering was the moral decline in this nation and the church’s responsibility for this.  Concern was also expressed about impending judgment on this land if there is not repentance, and about the need for unity and racial reconciliation in this land.   

Humbling Ourselves Essential

            Second Chronicles 7:14 says: “If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

            A Biblical way to humble oneself is to fast: “I humbled my soul with fasting” (Psalm 35:13).

            Derek Prince, writing on fasting, points out that, “throughout the Bible God requires His people to humble themselves before Him.  The responsibility to humble ourselves is placed upon us.  There are many different passages of Scripture which emphasize this.”  Four which he lists are:

            Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:4).

            For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12).

            Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10).

            Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time” (1 Peter 5:6). 

Now is the Time!

            It is time--it is past time--to seek God in prayer and fasting--in humble repentance for sin, in search for a rekindling of our first love, in urgent petition for a great spiritual awakening in this land and every land, and for the speedy fulfillment of the Great Commission.  It is time to break out of the comfortable routine in which many Christians rest, and to expend wholehearted effort in our seeking after God.  God is calling us to final preparations for the coming again of our great Lord and King, Jesus Christ.  What will our response be?