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Fasting has been important to key people, and fasting has been prominent at key moments. Moses was fasting when he met God on Mount Sinai and received the Ten Commandments. The prophet Elijah was fasting when God spoke to him in a still, small voice after Elijah had almost given up on life. King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah were fasting when the Lord caused the massive military forces that were invading their land to turn on each other and self-destruct. The city of Nineveh was fasting after the prophet Jonah said the city would be destroyed for its evil, and God decided to spare the city. Queen Esther and her people were fasting when she took action to stop a plot against the Jewish people. Anna was fasting when God gave her the opportunity to see the baby Jesus. Jesus was fasting when the Holy Spirit sent him into the wilderness for a showdown with Satan, and Jesus decisively defeated the tempter. Jesus’ followers were fasting when the Holy Spirit directed them to send Paul and Barnabas as missionaries. If fasting was practiced by such key people at such key moments, can we afford to neglect fasting today? Discover a closer walk with God through fasting and prayer.

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