We are on day nine of our ten day fast. We are fasting for the healing of our nation, and for the course of our nation to be directed by the will of God. (I am also tacking on the complete healing and restoration of my wife’s life. Why not? As long as you are fasting, believe for areas that you have not yet seen breakthrough yet. Fasting and prayer does what prayer alone cannot.)
One day when I was preparing for a fast, I was meditating Isaiah chapter 58. This chapter is chock full of blessing for the faster! However, when I read verse five the Holy Spirit illuminated something to me that has changed my fasting forever.
Let’s read it together:
“Is it a fast that I have chosen, a day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, and to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?” Isaiah 58:5
God is not impressed with our suffering!
Certainly, when you go without food it can create physical weakness, headaches, weariness, can cause you to be short-tempered, easily agitated, and even sadness. However, when I read that verse, I realized that these do not impress, or even please the Lord.
Therefore, I asked God right then and there to give me supernatural strength for the fast.
You won’t believe what happened. I fasted for ten days and did not have a single hunger pang! WHAT? Yeah, I know, it was supernatural.
That has not been my experience every time I fast, however, since that day I have always experienced incredible divine strength when I fast. The key is to start the fast by asking Him for His strength.
If you do not have the same level of supernatural activity, do not think there is something wrong with you or your faith. Just ask God for help and I guarantee you that you will experience a marked difference.
Suffering does not impress God. Dependency does. That is what fasting is about. And when we depend on Him, He will sustain us.
Do not fear fasting. God is with you. And the results will be FAR worth the sacrifice!