Fasting

FR: TUESDAY, JANUARY 20TH, 2015
This week our church started 10 days of Prayer and Fasting. As I study God’s word and prepare my heart for our fast, I am extremely motivated. I am motivated to see what God will do in the individual lives of those who attend our church, I am motivated for change, and most of all I am motivated to know God in a greater way!
Fasting is a topic that is often overlooked, not taught on enough, nor is it a topic that people get overly excited about. When most people think of fasting they think of refraining from food.
Fasting is not just about refraining from food. Fasting alone can have certain results, but if prayer does not accompany the fast, it is more like a drastic diet. True fasting is refraining from eating food for a period of time, with a purpose of seeking to know God in a deeper way. The three most common fast are…
  • Normal Fast- Involves the total abstinence of food Luke 4:2 reveals that Jesus abstained from food but not from water
  • Absolute Fast- Involves the abstinence of both food and water. Acts 9:9 we read that for three days He “neither did he eat or drink.”
  • Partial Fast- in Daniel chapter 10:3 the emphasis of fasting was upon the restriction of diet rather than complete abstinence.
I believe it is important to understand that neither fast is greater than the other! When we prepare to fast we should seek God and ask ourselves questions like, “Why I am I fasting?” and “What does God want to do through this fast?” Asking these types of questions will cause us to focus and fast with Purpose!
Isaiah 58:6-12 provides some of the greatest insights on the topic of fasting. In verses 6-7 we read what God desires to do through the power of fasting.
  • To loosen the bonds of wickedness
  • To undo the heavy burdens
  • To let the oppressed go free
  • And that you break every yoke?
  • Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
  • And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out
  • When you see the naked, that you cover him
In verses 8-12 the bible lists the promises God will fulfill “if” we submit to the discipline of fasting.
  • Then your light shall break forth like the morning
  • Your healing shall spring forth speedily
  • And your righteousness shall go before you
  • The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
  • Then you shall call, &the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
  • Then your light shall dawn in the darkness
  • The Lord will guide you continually
  • And satisfy your soul in drought and strengthen your bones
  • You shall be like a watered garden, & like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
  • Those from among you Shall build the old waste places;
  • You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
  • And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
  • The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.
These are promises full of power! The best part is… these promises are accessible to us through the power of prayer and fasting! God’s power is released inside of us as we deny our flesh and deliberately spend time seeking Him.
 As you fast be encouraged knowing that God will strengthen you, continually guide you, and be your rear guard! (Isaiah 58:8—9)
The best is yet to come!
Pastor Erick
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