Day Forty = I Hear a Sound
Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain. (1 Kings 18:41)
Mahesh Chavda wrote in his 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting that “Fasting moves you from the natural realm into the supernatural realm, and that is the only place you can get supernatural revelation, authorization, and power from the Holy Spirit.” (Chavda)
When Elijah spoke to Ahab after the prophets of Baal were defeated, he said rain was coming. This must have sounded a little strange at the time considering there had been a drought in the land for quite some time.
If you look carefully at the entire story of Elijah and the Prophet’s of Baal you will see an interesting chronology of events that can be specifically applied in our life today. First there were the Israelites living in the land that God had given to them however, not fully possessing it. Allowing the religions of the cultures around them to infiltrate the covenant relationship God had with His people.
As a result of this broken covenant a spiritual drought seeped into the land. In the natural realm a drought swept over the territory as well in a sort of mirroring effect between the physical and spiritual realm. By the time Elijah made it to the top of Mount Carmel spiritual desolation had ravished the Israelite community.
In the Midst of the drought Elijah invoked the mighty power of the Lord calling for precious water to be poured over the broken sacrificial offering and then praying for the Lord to reveal his all-consuming fire from the heavens. By the time the altar and sacrificed were consumed by the Lord their was not a dissenter that could be found in the entire land.
After the mighty revelation of the one true God, death of the false prophets was required in the physical world so that restoration of the right relationship in the spiritual realm could be attained. Finally, after right relationship was restored God sent rain; spiritual rain or refreshment for the Israelites, and physical rain which refreshed the ravaged land.
As we finish out the last day of our forty day fast, look to God for refreshing rain. We have weathered the drought and self-sacrificed through this fast in an attempt to grow closer to Christ. We have sought the face of God through fasting and prayer; we have searched our hearts to remove impurity and false worship; seeking new revelations each and every day. Now we can look to the heavens because the Lord is ready to pour out his refreshing rain over our lives.
It will take nothing short of the supernatural to stem the tides of judgment devastating our land. I believe nothing else can compare with the supernatural power released when we fast and pray. ~ Bill Bright