As we go into the season of prayer and fasting, we are looking unto God for miracles, signs and wonders. We are trusting our Heavenly Father to hear our cries and show us things that will lead to our deliverance. Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV) says: ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know’.
We are confident that Jeremiah 29:11 is true concerning us. God’s thoughts towards us are thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give us a future and a hope. Therefore we will look to him knowing we will not be put to shame in any area of our lives. Psalm 34:15 says: ” The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are open to their cry”. Psalm 34:17 says: “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles”. As we fast and pray we believe that God will hear our cries and deliver us from all our troubles.
God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should repent. Has He said and will He not do? Or has He spoken and will He not make it good? (Numbers 23:19). Our God cannot fail, therefore we will “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving,” we will make our requests known to God. (Philippians 4:6).
Do not keep quiet, cry out, because our God is merciful and He is more than able to give us the desires of our hearts.
As we fast, let us remember that fasting is a Biblical command. There is a recommended way to fast and there is the open reward of fasting and prayer. Matthew 6:16-18 New King James Version (NKJV) reads thus:
Fasting to Be Seen Only by God
16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
In Isaiah 58:6-14 we see the deliberate acts of goodness that must accompany our fast and the promised blessings from the Lord.
“Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
“If you take away the yoke from your midst,
The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
12 Those from among you
Shall build the old waste places;
You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.
13 “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath,
From doing your pleasure on My holy day,
And call the Sabbath a delight,
The holy day of the Lord honorable,
And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways,
Nor finding your own pleasure,
Nor speaking your own words,
14 Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord;
And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth,
And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father.
The mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
As we fast, may we all make a fresh resolve to be all that God wants us be. May we all see the
face and hand of God in a mighty way.
God bless you,
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