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By J. A. Shodeinde
27 November 2022   |   4:38 am
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry..

Shodeinde

“Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward … then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday: and the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not,” (Isaiah 58:6-11).

FASTING is observed when one voluntarily denies him/herself for passionate spiritual activity. It is a Biblical tradition that is valid. In time of urgent needs, fasting should be our response. Fasting is for the disciplined, those who do what is meant to be done at the right time. Prayer and fasting cannot be accomplished by our own might, but by the power and spirit of God. As humans, we also have a role to play in learning and working to achieving this spiritual goal. Fasting is to God; do not make it a subject of display. “Moreover, when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father, which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly,” (Matthew 6:16-18). 

Fasting is for the chastening of one’s soul. The soul is humbled. Fasting is observed on occasion of God’s judgment. If we have erred in our homes, churches and communities, we need to sanctify ourselves and declare a fast. Let’s call a solemn assembly and cry out for God’s salvation. To avert God’s indignation in our land and nation, we have to turn to God with our whole hearts in prayers and fasting. We must weep and mourn for our sins. Heaven must know that we are remorseful. Without undergoing this remission process, destruction is imminent.

A lot of immoralities are being perpetrated in our nations and in the world, which can bring down God’s judgment. People have turned to idol worshipers. People are practicing homosexuality and other abominations before God. There are ritual killings everywhere. Let’s fast and ask for forgiveness to avoid public calamities. Our God will be gracious and merciful to us if we rend our hearts. God is of great kindness and slow to anger. All we need is repentance. 

It’s mandatory that we fast and pray for Christians experiencing affliction all over the world. The church of God is being persecuted. Prayer and fasting are needed. When some fast, they are too weak to pray. Fasting should be accompanied by prayer. Fasting must be accompanied by confession of sin. “Now in the 20 and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sack clothes, and earth upon them. And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers” (Nehemiah 9:1-2). 

In order to feed your spirit, you must deny your flesh through Fasting. Fasting is our weapon of spiritual warfare. Fasting charges our spirit in the presence of God to receive spiritual blessings. The voice of God is heard clearly for directions in life, and all distractions are removed. Our faith in God is increased through fasting. We are lifted up against challenges when our prayers are finally answered.

 

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