I arrived back at the office after lunch to find a young man and woman here to meet with me. I was not aware they were coming but they said they had an appointment with me. They were here to talk with me about supplemental insurance. I gave them 10 minutes. However, as we got to the supplemental cancer insurance part, I told them about my wife, Tammy’s diagnosis of Stage 4 cancer. It was at this point our conversation took a turn. As I told them about our trying year of 2015, I told them about God’s faithfulness! I shared the miracles and healings we have seen in the past 2½ years as well. Moved by the testimonies of healing, this young man asked me if I would pray for him. What a blessing!
During this time of fasting and prayer, I am learning that God will bring “divine appointments.” What began as an appointment about supplemental insurance, ended with an appointment about God’s assurance! Walking with the Lord is never boring!
It is obvious from Jesus’ words that one Christian discipline among His followers will be not just prayer, but fasting and prayer. In Matthew 6:16-17, He says, “when you fast…” Today, in an age where people are encouraged to not deny themselves what they desire, Jesus encourages us to deny ourselves one of life’s greatest desires—food, for a time-period to enhance a greater desire, a deeper relationship with Him. One author put it this way, “sometimes I get so hungry, I must fast!” Obviously, hunger here is a hunger for God, the things of God, for the Kingdom of God to come.
The majority of Americans are not following the Lord. The Church, to fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission, needs the power of God and the character of God to “be His witnesses,” to those around us. So, let us humble ourselves before God. Let us be cleansed of sin and impurities. Let us be empowered! And may strongholds in our lives be broken, so that we can lead others to salvation and freedom in Christ. This 21-day fast, from January 9-January 29, is called for this purpose. Together, that His kingdom may come!
Visit our 21-day fasting and prayer page for resources and devotions.
Pastor Brent Oliver grew up in Kokomo, Indiana and is an Ordained Minister through the Assemblies of God. Before embarking on God’s plan to establish a church in Delphi, Pastor Brent served in both Peru and Logansport, Indiana encompassing over 29 years of fulltime ministry. His vision and creativity has been the benchmark for the growing ministry at Delphi First and after 23 years, his passion and leadership could not be stronger.