Is not this the fast that I have chosen? toloose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Isaiah 58:6
There are levels of power you cannot access until you engage in prayer and fasting. No one receives God’s power by chance, you have to pay the price required through prayer and fasting.
What is fasting?
- A willful separation from food and other worldly pleasures to seek the face of God in prayer.
- The subduing of the flesh through abstinence from food in order to acquire power for spiritual accomplishment.
- Separating oneself beyond mere prayer to seek help from God for urgently needed intervention. “There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. ”(Ezra 8:21. NIV).
- Giving God extra attention without distraction, to secure extraordinary results. “Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God…” (Joel 2:12-13).
Beloved, one of the spiritual prices that secure spiritual help and empowerment is prayer and fasting. Fasting is not for religious excitement but for spiritual empowerment.
Wisdom focus: To gain power with God, give up pleasure and engage prayer and fasting.
Study focus: Isaiah 58:1-14, Matthew 17:1-21
Ref: THE POWER OF PRAYER AND FASTING