Sometimes it can be difficult to make the concentrated effort of prayer. When the need is urgent, God has prescribed an urgent method. Tony Evans asks, “How badly do you want an answer? How much do you want deliverance from that destructive habit? How badly do you want to save your marriage? Do you want it enough to give up food or some other gratification? Then come before God with prayer and fasting.”
Fasting is a way to make a special link with God. Fasting helps believers get in touch with God without distractions, pursue God’s grace, step into humility, achieve spiritual victory, and wait before the Lord. Fasting is an appropriate response to physical or emotional needs, difficult circumstances or relationships, challenges in ministry, or times we need specific direction. Fasting is not just an aside to the Christian life, but essential to the life that pleases God.
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Clarity. Conscience. Convicting. These three words summarize my experience with Tony Evans. He never fails to speak with clarity to my conscience—convicting of both God’s love and my response.
—Max Lucado, preacher and teacher, Oak Hills Church of Christ
Tony Evans writes like he speaks—with clarity, practicality, and power.
—Ravi Zacharias, president, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries
Tony Evans is senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas, and president of The Urban Alternative, a ministry devoted to promoting a clear understanding and relevant application of Scripture in order to bring about change in urban communities through the church. He is the author of many books, including The Battle is the Lord’s, Our God is Awesome, Returning to Your First Love, The Promise, Who is This King of Glory?, What Matters Most, and The Best Is Yet to Come.