THE ART AND PURPOSE OF FASTING

Jan 9, 2023

Our Lord Jesus gave us the platform of fasting as a pattern for us to live by. That is why you need to engage your heart in these twenty-one days and God will come through for you when He sees your commitment in all affairs of your life.

Isaiah 45:19 (AMPC) “I have not spoken in secret, in a corner of the land of darkness; I did not call the descendants of Jacob [to a fruitless service], saying, Seek Me for nothing [but I promised them a just reward]. I, the Lord, speak righteousness (the truth—trustworthy, straightforward correspondence between deeds and words); I declare things that are right.”

Our seeking of God is never fruitless; it comes with a reward. That is why you need to take it to another level in these twenty-one days and do something that you have never done before concerning your spiritual life.

So as you engage God, I encourage you to spend more time speaking in tongues for it is the pure language that was given to us by God to shift us to another dimension and level of operation in the Spirit Zephaniah 3:9.

2 Peter 1:2-4 “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

The answer to every challenge you are confronted with is in your spirit and when you partake of the divine nature through your seeking and loving on God, you say bye-bye to all forms of corruption including sin.

It is in the place of heartfelt prayer and fasting that the nature of God begins to empower you to overcome all the challenges.

What happens when we seek God through prayer and fasting?

Isaiah 40:29 – 31 “He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.

30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall,”

Our human strength and wisdom have limits. That is why we fast as an expression of our dependency (receive empowerment) on God.

Fasting is one of the platforms that God gave to man where he can deliberately humble himself to attract the help of God.

Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”

How can a man run and not get weary?

It is in the place of seeking God through Heartfelt prayer and fasting where the exchange takes place; God takes what is yours and gives you His.

Daniel 6:14, 18 – 22 “

14 And the king, when he heard these words, was greatly displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored till the going down of the sun to deliver him.

18 Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him. “

There are times even kings cannot help. Therefor respect whoever represents a king in your life but do not put your confidence in them but in God (Psalms 121:1-2).

Daniel 6:19 Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. 20 And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”

21 Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever!

22 My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”

Kings do not have angels but God has.

It is my prayer that as you pour your heart to God in these twenty-one days, you will receive the help of God in whatever area of your life that you need which will make your life easier.

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.