The Lord looks with favour on the humble. He resists the proud of heart. Since prayer is essentially carried out in the presence of the Lord, the proud of heart offend Him. They cannot even be allowed to establish contact with Him because from the word go, they are displeasing to Him. He will not even listen to them. Nothing that the proud of heart say can please God in any way.
BREAKING LONG FASTS
Long and very long fasts are serious spiritual battles. It is a pity that most of God’s children know nothing of combat in that realm. It is an experience to be had at least once. We recommended that those called to lifelong ministries of prayer and fasting, should labour and gain experience in the region between twenty-two and forty days of fasting.
If a person goes away to pray and continues in prayer all the night because the burden of the Lord was upon him, then that one has made progress. In addition to the spontaneous times of prayer that may last many hours and perhaps all the night, maturing believers should have planned and programmed nights of prayer.
“I had at first been enrolled among other brethren who were to fast for twenty-one days. I later changed my mind and registered to fast for forty days because of my commitment to Brother Zach, and also because I thought to myself that this could be the only opportunity to fast that the Lord was offering us. Quite frankly, I was counting on the Lord, for until then my longest fast had been for seven days.