(Ricky Scaparo) One of the powerful benefits of fasting and prayer is the blessing of “healing”. In fact in the book of Isaiah chapter 58, the Lord tells us that our healing will “spring forth speedily“. So let’s break this down. the term “spring forth” is a liken unto a picture of a plant sprouting up. So this like a picture of a plant that would normally take 4 weeks to grow suddenly blooms in half the time. In other words, through a season of fasting and prayer the Lord can deliver an individual from sicknesses and diseases that have gripped them for years and haven’t been able to receive any breakthroughs in their health. Scientists have even discovered that just a three-day fast of water only completely reboots your immune system. This study by researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles was published in the journal “Cell Stem Cell” in June 2014.
According to the study, Fasting appears to shift stem cells of the immune system from a dormant state to an active state of self-renewal. A three-day fast reboots the immune system. Have you ever noticed that when children are sick, they have no desire to eat? Even animals that get sick won’t eat. The body was created with a mechanism to heal itself during certain times of infirmities. However, I believe there is a supernatural power that comes from prayer and fasting that results in physical healing and miracles in the body.
This healing will come either through wisdom or a touch from God almighty himself. One example of wisdom is a personal testimony that my wife and I have, of a time of fasting and prayer in which we were believing the Lord to heal my wife who was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and Gerd. She had been dealing with this for years and couldn’t get any relief. We decided to enter a time of prayer and fasting to believe for her healing. After 3 days I was led by the Spirit of the Lord one day to study the dietary laws of the book of Leviticus. As I began to read what foods the Lord permitted and what he forbid the Israelites to eat, I felt as the Holy Spirit told my wife and me to abstain from the foods listed in the Book of Leviticus for 21 to 30 days. After a month of honoring this Melissa went back to the doctor and had multiple tests done and no longer had either diagnosis.
That was over 13 years ago and to this day, we chose not to eat pork, shellfish or the unclean foods mentioned in the Old Testament. Would the lord look down on us if we did? Absolutely not. However, I believe many people today are sick and remain sick from the foods they eat and the lack of wisdom they are applying to their diets. Many people remain sick and weak because they refuse to discipline their eating habits and are not very active.
Hosea 4:6 – My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
I remember years ago sitting in a sanctuary of a church when a young man approached me asking me to pray for him to be healed of sugar diabetes. I couldn’t help but to notice that in his hand was a bottle of Mountain Dew. I asked him “Are you type 1 or type 2”? I knew that many times type 1 is genetic while type 2 is brought on by an individual’s lifestyle. He then told me that he was type 2. I then told him “I will pray for you to be healed but are you going to stop drinking these Mountain Dews”? He said “No”. I then told him that I was going to waste my time of the Lord’s time if he wasn’t going to take any effort in changing the very lifestyle that opened the door for the infirmity in the first place.
Now I want to shift gears and talk about the times when prayer and fasting have produced genuine healings and miracles in individual’s lives. Here are some personal testimonies from some that has joined with Jentezen Franklin’s church through 21 days of prayer and fasting and have received their healing and miracle.
TOM – 21 day Daniel Fast began with a group of 17 followers who united in prayer and fasting. I had a fructose disorder that reduced my diet to basically , chicken breast, brown rice, skim milk, raw oatmeal, walnuts, and green beans and peas for the last 25 years. The Lord sustained me all those years. Within 30 days of the fast I began eating herbs, parsley, cilantro, tomatoes and basil. I am now totally healed and eat anything I want!! Also working out 2-3 hours a day! Prayer and Fasting has provided a Testimony to all I meet!
Krystal & Rashad – Our 16 year old had 55 different food allergies. We have been fasting and praying since 2009 when we first read the fasting book. January of last year on a fast she went into anaphylactic shock. They admitted her to a 2-week program at the hospital where they did many tests. While fasting I asked the Holy Spirit, “How long do I fast?” – He said until your spirit is satisfied. So I pressed 40 days into a Daniel fast for our daughter. the Holy Spirit whispered, “Remember Luke 22 – why are you drowning in sorrow get up and pray.” I prayed myself to sleep. The next morning the doctor came in and said all tests that were positive were now negative. Everything was clear. Wheat, soy, corn, peanuts, chicken, beef, etc. – were now safe. 55 food allergies – including asthma – all cleared. Doctors say they believe it was a miracle.
These are just two of many that we could continue to share. Perhaps the Lord has healed you in the past through times of prayer and fasting and you would like to share your own personal story? Please share with us below and help build others faith by sharing what the Lord has done for you! Continue to believe the Lord for wisdom, Healings and Miracles during this season of corporate prayer and fasting!