July 24, 2022
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Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.
Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and He shall say, Here I am…
Are you going through something that is weighing you down, or that you have been battling for some time and you just need a breakthrough? The something could be about your health, a specific request of the Lord, achieving a goal, or being delivered from something, among other things. Or you could be carrying someone else’s burden that’s close to you and going through something. Whatever it is, you may have tried a plethora of things. You’re reading your Bible, praying, reading self-help books, going to doctor after doctor, and/or seeing a therapist. But you’re still not getting the breakthrough that you need. Well, when was the last time that you fasted?
Fasting has been around since the early Bible days. The first mention of fasting in the Bible is in Judges 20:26 when the children of Israel fasted before going to battle against the Benjamites. During this time, they asked the Lord should they go to battle and the Lord told them- Go to battle, because tomorrow I will deliver them into your hand. And He did just that. Nehemiah also fasted when Jerusalem was in peril. And Jesus Himself even fasted for forty days and forty nights.
Nowadays the notion of fasting is all about the person. People fast to lose weight, to detox, to just feel better about their health. But a spiritual fast is different. A spiritual fast is really not about us but fasting unto the Lord. It’s about positioning ourselves for God to use us better, for His will to be done in our lives. It’s about giving God ALL the glory. In Zechariah 7:5, God told Zechariah to speak to all the people and to the priests saying -When you fasted and mourned, in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did you at all fast unto Me, even to Me? Jesus also tells us in Matthew 6:16-18 how we ought to fast.
So get ready to take your life to the next level. Go on a fast unto the Lord, meaning your ultimate goal of the fast is so the Lord can get the glory. If you haven’t already, make it a regular part of your walk with the Lord. It doesn’t have to be for forty days and forty nights, it doesn’t even have to be for the whole day. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you in your particular situation and He will show you when to fast, how long, and under what conditions. Just be sure to confess any sin to the Lord before you fast to remove any hinderances to God moving in your situation. Keep your focus only on God and watch what God will do.
When you fast to the Lord, God fixes what is unfixable, He heals where there is no cure, He restores what was irretrievably lost, He takes you higher than you ever thought you could go, He breaks every stronghold, He turns your darkness into light, and makes springs in dry land. When you fast unto the Lord, He will hear your plea, and He will answer. You will see things that will amaze you, you will see miracles happen that only God could do. When you fast unto the Lord, the glory of the Lord will be Your reward.
Dear Father God,
Thank You Lord for the opportunity to fast unto You and for giving us so many wonderful examples about fasting in Your Word. Please draw us closer to You so that we can achieve Your will for our lives. Lord by Your Holy Spirit, please teach us how to fast unto You for our situations, so that You will get all the glory. Lord, I pray and claim in faith that for those who fast unto You, their souls will be healed and set free, their bodies will be healed Lord, their situations will improve, and they will draw closer to You, Lord, so that You can get the glory in it all.
In Jesus name I pray, Thank You Lord,
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