An often quoted scripture with regards to fasting is Isaiah 58: 1-14. In this scripture, the Lord speaks about how fasting should be. In our fasting we should not seek justice while we dispense injustice, praying for the repentance of others while we coddle the hidden sins within us. If our voices are to be heard on high, we have to come clean before God. We cannot be looking to take the mote of someone’s eye while we have a beam in ours.
The purpose of your fast must be to:
- Free the imprisoned
- Feed the hungry
- Clothe the naked
- Embrace your own flesh and blood
You can ask the Lord to free you from the bars that imprison you, feed your hungry soul with His word, clothe your nakedness in His righteousness, and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. In this time of humbling yourself, feel free to place everything that is not of Him upon the altar for His consuming fire. The Lord will honor your sacrifice and your willingness to humble yourself before Him.
He promises in this same word that:
- Your healing will come
- You will be glowing with health and vitality
- Your righteousness will go before you (God is your righteousness)
- The glory of the Lord will be your rear guard
- You will call and He will answer
- You will cry for help and He will say “here am I”
If you do away with the wickedness of your heart and deeds;
- the gossiping,
- the malicious behavior,
- oppressing others
If you work on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed:
- He will guide you always
- Satisfy your needs even during the harsh times
- Strengthen you
- You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring that never dries
- You can rebuild that which was demolished
- You can repair the broken walls (your salvation)
- You can close the breaches (any gateway where the enemy gained a foothold)
Fasting with prayer and praise must bring deliverance. Fasting causes the fire of God to fall in your life and in your church. Throughout the bible it was seen that fasting was the primary means of humbling ourselves before God. Fasting – denying our flesh declares:
- I am not living by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God
- I want to hear clearly from God . The angel told Daniel that from the first day he decided to humble himself and pray, that the Lord heard him and sent an answer.
- I have a very real need to be guided by the Holy Spirit and will depend only on God.
When you press in to seeking the things of God through prayer and fasting, you must hear from God and praise must come as a result. When you cry out to Him through prayer and fasting, He will say “here am I”. What a promise!!!
Sylvia M Dallas
Poet, Author, Photographer and Teacher of the Word and CEO and Director of Creator Services at The Publisher's Notebook Limited based in Jamaica. She is married to Rohan Dallas, is a proud grandmother, loves coffee (Jamaican, of course), loves great tasting and healthy food, love to cook and is an unabashed follower of Jesus Christ. Her books AND THE PRISONERS HEARD THEM, THE RIGHT KIND OF INTIMACY and THE BED DEFILED are available on Amazon.