For your weekend reading
By Emmanuel Many
“But the day will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.”Mark 2:20 (GNT)
Nowadays, it’s possible to fast 40 days and a person remains the same, and nothing changes. We’ve also become too busy to find time to pray and fast. Sometimes we fast but do not pray; when we fast but are busy all day in hectic tasks.
Today a close ministry partner, Mr. Ken Prochnow, shared a relevant message with me that inspired the topic today. It’s from Isaiah 58:3,5-12.
The scripture encourages us to establish justice, which God sees as a true form of fasting. The passage speaks more clearly on our response as God’s people during this season;
“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?”Isaiah 58: 7 (NKJV)
God clearly says when we do all that He commands;
“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.’Isaiah 58:8-9 (NKJV).
When done in obedience and purity of heart, prayer and fasting is a sure way to overwhelming victory. If you want God to rewrite your history, follow Jesus’ example. Even when He was God in the form of man, Jesus went to a lonely place in the desert where he spent 40 days and nights praying and fasting. He was preparing for ministry.
When the Jews in Susa were threatened to be destroyed in a genocide plot by Haman, they fasted for 3 days and nights without drinking or eating anything, asking God to save them from the upcoming danger. Prayer and fasting has been the most significant pathway to regaining a closer relationship with God and to the assurance of victory.
Do not only pray, learn to fast as well. People who do not know God will discourage you from fasting. Forgive them and move ahead. Regard their sabotage as the work of Satan. Do not yield to the voice of your enemy. In his attempts he will try to discourage you using even your closest friends and relatives who are opposed to the Holy Spirit. Such people are opposed to God because they love themselves more and are overly preoccupied with earthily things.
Prayer and fasting has led to the miraculous healing of incurable diseases.
Very often we make rush decisions and we want God to catch up with our vision instead of learning His will patiently. Sometimes we take a hardline path and do not listen to Him at all. May God help us to change.