‘Moreover, when you fast…’ (Mt 6:16, NKJ)
The people of God in the Old Testament fasted only once in a year, on the Day of Atonement. There is no particular command in the Bible about fasting. That may be the reason why most Christians do not remember to fast.
Jesus says that we should fast. He said: ‘When (not if) you fast…’ Fasting helps us to die to self, to become humble, that we may receive God’s favor. King David cried: ‘I humbled my soul with fasting’ (Ps 35:13, KJ)
We are commanded to ‘pray always’. About fasting there is no such command. Fasting is seasonal, when led by the Holy Spirit. When I pray all my prayers, when I wept and wept and there is no answer from God, then I fast having faith that He will not reject my plea. It has never failed. You need a fresh personal testimony about the power of fasting and prayer!
In Isaiah 58 we see that there are two groups of people. Some are just religious, they go to church, pray, sacrifice and fast. But their efforts are useless. God ignores their requests. In other words, religion and hypocrisy, these are useless and dangerous.
We see also another group of people who are the true believers. They pray, fast and apply the Word of God daily in their lives. These people are blessed with wonderful promises at the end of the period of fasting:
*Light in the darkness (understanding of God’s purpose and their identity in Christ)
*Healing of the body, soul and spirit
*Total protection (the glory of God protects your back, the most vulnerable part of you)
*Intimacy with God, prayers answered
*Prosperity, fruitfulness at all times, especially when the environment is difficult
*Blessings in ministry, especially in the apostolic, prophetic and intercessory labor
*Partaker of the blessings of revival in your city
(Our Church will fast 6am to 6pm daily, next week! We fast and pray that we may enter into the promised blessing, that we may experience revival (personal and in the city of Warri, Nigeria) for the strength and resources to finish building the house of God, for healing, for deliverance, for financial breakthrough, for many souls to be saved, for a spirit of repentance and fear of God, for a fresh hunger for the Word of God, for a higher anointing in the ministry. All who have faith may join in this anointing).