Jesus said in Matthew 6:17, “But when you fast…”
Fasting is not preached very often in our churches these days, in fact it is hardly mentioned in the New Testament, but does this mean God does not desire us to fast?
When a fast is mentioned, it is just before a big change happens in a person’s life. Jesus fasted before being tempted in the wilderness, Cornelius fasted before healing Paul, and Paul fasted before being called to his missionary journey.
Fasting is not meant to be a religious regulation, but a time of one humbling themselves, letting go of everything on earth, being completely surrendered to God, even to the point of relying on Him for the very energy the missing food would have provided.
I have found in my own life when I fast, I experience the kind of fast mention in Isaiah 58. “Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bonds of the yolk, to let the oppressed go free, and break every yoke?”
Each time, after a fast, God breaks the yoke of a sin I cannot get myself free of. Just like Jesus said to the disciples, when they could not heal a child of a demon, somethings only come out through prayer and fasting.
Isaiah 58:8-9, “Then your light will break out like the dawn, and your recovery will speedily spring forth; and your righteousness will go before you; the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry, and He will say, here I am.”
Father, give us the courage and the desire to fast, that we might break the yoke of the bondage of sin that entangles us, so when we cry out You say to us, here I am. In the name of Jesus, amen.