According to Bible teacher Marilyn Hickey, the combination of prayer and fasting forms a powerful tool and provides both physical and spiritual benefits. Not only does it inspire spiritual cleansing through intense contact with the Lord, it'll make you more sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leading, create energy and tighten focus, promote physical healing, break spiritual yokes of bondage, and revive your spirit to serve God. Along with the "whys" of fasting, you'll be given the "hows": how long to fast, ways to make fasting and prayer sessions deeply effective, and inspirational thoughts for meditation on those days. Complete with a 21-day personal plan, The Power of Prayer and Fasting will galvanize your spiritual growth while enhancing physical health!
Fasting, argues Hickey, is an integral Christian discipline that has been
neglected in our time-particularly in the Protestant tradition. An evangelist
with her own television show and magazine, Hickey hews close to the Bible and
writes for a broad Christian audience. She communicates in a simple, direct
style that respects the reader's intelligence, using a balanced blend of
biblical narratives, personal insights and practical how-to advice (including
a recipe for "cleansing soup" and suggestions on how best to break a fast).
The 21-day program referred to in the subtitle actually only occupies one
chapter-it's a testimonial to the success that her church in Colorado had with
this three-week time of focused renewal. The bulk of the text explores the
meaning and purpose of fasting and prayer (fasting is a physical discipline,
while praying is a spiritual discipline) and then turns to a series of 12
reasons to fast and pray (i.e., to overcome evil, attain wholeness or effect
revival) complete with tips for preparing and conducting a successful fast in
each of these areas. Hickey's suggestions are concrete, but she urges
individuals to fast only as they are led by the Spirit. It is an accessible
and timely devotional for a materialistic and food-obsessed culture. (Feb. 20)
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