Tony Evans tells a story of two Lumberjacks in his book on Fasting and it goes like this.
There was a young lumberjack who was quite proud of how fast he had become at cutting trees. He decided that he was ready to challenge an older more experienced Lumberjack to a competition.
They began chopping. The younger man went at it full speed, with all that he had never taking a break. He felt sure that he was going to win the competition because he never took a break they entire day and he noticed that the older Lumberjack would take a 15 minute break every hour.
At the end of the day, the older Lumberjack had cut many more trees than the younger. This made the younger man very mad and he went to the older man and asked how this could be. How could he cut more trees while taking a 15 minute break every hour and the younger man never stopped to rest?
The older man said this, “every time I stopped chopping, I took the time to sharpen my axe”.
This is what Fasting with Prayer will do for the Christian. It allows us the opportunity to step aside from the busyness of our world and take specific time for communication with God.