“Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the descendants of Jacob their sins. For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’ “Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high. Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. – Isaiah 58: 1-8
If you’ve read some of my earlier blogs, then you know that our church just came out of 21 days of prayer and fasting. I have to tell you that it has been a blessing! Now, fasting doesn’t come easy to me (if it does for you…then praise God) but I know what the results of fasting brings. That’s one of the main reasons why every year we take the time to do this. And not only now but throughout the year we’ll be fasting as well. Why? Because like the scripture says above…it humbles us! Now why do we need to be humbled? Because when we’re humbled…it brings us into the presence of God. And that’s what fasting is. It’s a time where you can just get alone with God. It’s time where you can block everything else out and just focus on Him.
I’ve been receiving so many reports of what God has been doing in the lives of so many people. I have heard reports of healings, promotions, open doors, marriages that are being restored, we’re about to get into our new building and that is just the beginning! Fasting pleases God and it gives you strength. Fasting brings you into a realm that you can’t see, touch or feel…but you can sense it. Fasting will make you sensitive to the Holy Spirit. If you can learn to push away the plate…you’ll be able to push away sin. Let me say that again…if you can learn to push away the plate…you’ll be able to push away sin. Those little secret bondages will no longer be an issue and you’ll have true victory. There are some things that will only go away through prayer and fasting.
If you want 2011 to be different than 2010…then it’s time to fast and pray! “When you have a time of prayer and fasting, you’ll be an intercessor. You’ll stand in the gap. You’ll come into a place of warfare. You’ll have power over the enemy. You’re a child of God. You’re a son or daughter of God. There’s power in your words when you say ‘Satan you’re a liar, I bind you in Jesus’ name, you take your hands off my unsaved loved ones, get your hands off my money, get your hands off my body. There’s power! Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world. God is looking for people to rise up and take their place.”
When you’re praying and fasting…you’re at your best! The armor protects the front of you but the Lord protects behind you. The enemy can’t sneak up behind you because you are covered. And that’s exactly what will happen for all those who choose to step out and trust God this year. I pray that as you’re reading this right now that the Lord will begin to touch your heart to accept the challenge to fast this year. Believe me…it will change your life and bring you into a realm where God will really move in your life. If you want change this year…I encourage you to fast.