Fasting is nothing new. It has been around since the Levitical priesthood and continued even into the early church and is still practiced today. This practice, though, has somehow been lost in western Evangelical circles. One of the early Church theologians, Augustine, said, "Man's righteousness in life consists in alms, fasting, and prayer. Alms and fasting are the wings that give flight to our prayers." We can see this in the life of Cornelius in Acts as a precursor to the breakout of God's Spirit into gentile circles.