“Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose 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, And not hide yourself from your own flesh? 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, and the LORD will answer; You shall cry, and He will say,`Here I am.’ “If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. (Isaiah 58:6-10 NKJ)
When it comes to fasting, many believers are quite reserved. When a fast is called or when led to fast and pray, people begin to ask questions like; Do I have to fast? Will God not hear me if I don’t fast? I don’t have much time to pray. Is it still necessary to fast?
The scripture shows to us, that when we humble ourselves before the Lord, when we confess our weakness, our need for help, when we put food aside and focus on the will of God, when we are honest enough to confess that we have been bound, that we have been selfish or self-centered, when we are able to confess our inability to help ourselves we will see the power of God manifest in our lives.
I know from personal experience that whenever I take time out to wait upon the Lord in fasting and prayer, the Lord shows me truths in His word that literally break limiting thought and ignorance. I have been encouraged by this verse today to continue to incoparate seasons of fasting and prayers into my life and ministry.
I remember the first time I joined a group of christian brothers and sisters from Evangelical Christian Union in Obafemi Awolowo University in 3 days fasting (water only – 1 cup per day) and prayer. Oh I thought I was going to die, but then I thought I cant just go through this pain without coming out with something powerful. I prayed, I studied scriptures and I can tell you my faith in God increased. I developed a much greater desire to see God move in our days. This passion that was birthed in me back in university has not left me till today. Chains were indeed broken. I have had many more seasons of prayer and fasting since then and they have been quite rewarding. Dear brother or sister, Fast and Pray. You will be greatly blessed.