The ordination of missionaries or church leaders: F asting appears to have been a regular part of the ordination of church leaders and missionaries. We have already looked at Acts 13, the calling of Paul and Barnabas for missionary service. Verse 3 tells us that after they received this direction from the L ord, then they ordained them for missionary service by prayer, fasting and laying their hands upon them. Special revelation: The final occasion for fasting is for special revelation. Exceptional insights from God were sometimes given to the prophets and o thers during periods of fasting. Daniel sought God with fasting to ask God to fulfill His promise to restore Jerusalem (see Daniel 9:9,18 and compare with Jeremiah 29:10 - 13). He received through the angel Gabriel a wonderful unfolding of God’s plan for Isr ael. If we have sought God in vain for the fulfillment of some promise, it could be that He is waiting for us to humble ourselves by fasting and seek Him as Daniel did. Other examples of prophetic revelation during times of fasting are found in Exodus 34: 28; Deuteronomy 9:9,18; and Daniel 10:1 -quick earn 3. God decided to speak to these men while they were in the midst of a fast. For those seeking prophetic guidance or revelation, God may also use the occasion of fasting to speak to them in a very unique way.
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