Power To The People: Fasting
Power to the People is about spiritual power in dealing with issues in the everyday life of a believer.
Isaiah 58 6 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To lose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke?
Isaiah here makes a statement “is not the fast I have chosen.” Such, we read on to discover the reason for the fast.
1) To loose bonds of Wickedness. (evil or morally wrong) 2) To undo heavy burdens. (life’s difficulties, troubles) 3) To let the oppressed go free. (deliverance for other believers) 4) To break every yoke. (our deliverance)
This scripture says so very much about the power of fasting. God’s way to deal with almost any problem. So what is fasting?
Fasting prepares you for the works God has ordained you to do.
A) Fasting was an expected discipline in both the Old and New Testament B) Fasting and prayer can restore the loss of the “first love” for your Lord and result in a more intimate relationship with Christ. (hear from God) C) Fasting is a biblical way to truly humble yourself in the sight of God. D) It enables the Holy Spirit to reveal your true spiritual condition, resulting in brokenness, repentance, and a transformed life.
Although the Bible does not give a direct command on this issue, examples of fasting appear in both the Old and the New Testaments. In Matthew 6:17-18, Jesus is teaching His disciples basic principles of Godly living. When speaking on fasting, He begins with, “When you fast,” not “If you fast.” This plainly states His position on fasting.
Matthew 6:17-18 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Jesus takes it for granted that His disciples will observe the custom of fasting. Exercise of self-control is an essential feature of the Christian life. Jesus' statement here can have only one purpose — "to make the disciples and make them ready to accomplish those things which God would have them do.” Fasting brings a man’s soul under the authority of his spirit.
When you fast there are different approaches but basically it’s fast as well as you can. Basic fasting is only water however some find this too difficult at first so there can be a juice fast or veggie fast; some self-denial is the goal.
Then there is time, how long do I fast? Depending on your health and emotional status at the time, fast one meal or one day and work up to a few days. As you become accustomed to fasting, you can safely manage a week or three. The goal is reaching out to our God by our spirit and not our flesh. Fasting breaks down the power of the flesh and opens new avenues of awareness and communication with God.