Fasting & Breakthroughs
I am super encouraged over what i’m about to share with you.
I really pray that it encourages you as well as it has encouraged me, and even some of my friends right now.
At the very end of 2016 the Lord started calling me into a time of fasting and prayer, which started on January 1.
It was in the very beginning of this journey that I ran across a Scripture that has really built up my faith. It has really encouraged me to finish this fast strong and to reap from all of the benefits that come from fasting and prayer.
In the past I understood that fasting was an essential part of achieving breakthroughs in God’s kingdom, but I lacked faith in that department.
For some odd reason I thought by fasting, the act of fasting itself – and inflicting pain unto myself for being hungry – was something that was pleasing to God.
But that’s not what the Bible says.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up with our religious ideas! We feel like we were made for fasting, like we feel that we were made for the Sabbath – for instance.
But as you see on Mark 2:27 Jesus says that the Sabbath was made for the man, and not man for the Sabbath.
The Lord has put into place these principles so that we could reap benefits from them. The Sabbath is something that when we do, we reap from the benefits of the Sabbath.
The reason it pleases God is not the act of taking the Sabbath but instead the benefits that we get from taking the Sabbath.
Nothing pleases God more than His children being blessed – think about how blessed you feel when your children are being blessed!!
So what pleases God about fasting is not the act of fasting in itself, but it is to see His children blessed through the benefits that they receive from fasting.
I’m going to share some scripture with you from Isaiah 58 so follow along with me. I’m using the NKJV in Isaiah 58:1.
It starts by talking about the ways in which NOT too fast, and I have done this plenty of times. That’s why my fasts were not successful in the past.
Verse 1 says…
1 “Cry aloud, spare not;
Lift up your voice like a trumpet;
Tell My people their transgression,
And the house of Jacob their sins.
2 Yet they seek Me daily,
And delight to know My ways,
As a nation that did righteousness,
And did not forsake the ordinance of their God.
They ask of Me the ordinances of justice;
They take delight in approaching God.
3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and You have not seen?
Why have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’
Do you see their affliction that they feel while they are fasting?
3 (continued) “In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure,
And exploit all your laborers.
Do you believe maybe they were “hangry” here and being mean to people and they wee doing things that were not pleasing to the Lord (in the name of fasting)…
4 Indeed you fast for strife and debate,
And to strike with the fist of wickedness.
You will not fast as you do this day,
To make your voice heard on high.
That tells me there that we fast in order to make our voices heard on high! Hallelujah!
So, fasting the right way will make your voices heard on high. He goes deeper into that in a moment…
5 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?
6 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
Now the Lord speaks through prophet Isaiah on how to fast:
6 (continued) To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?
You know it’s wonderful to think about all of the yokes that we can go out and break in the name of Jesus and setting the oppressed free.
These are all great things.
But the Lord really showed me in this passage that the first one he wants free through my fast is ME!
I should be looking at breaking every yoke out of my life and undoing every burden out of my life first!
How much more of a blessing can I be to others when i do that in my life first?
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?
And here are the benefits:
8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
I was speaking to a friend of ours a
couple nights ago who had been diagnosed with MS. She went to the doctor because she had pins and needles and pain on her feet, and the report was positive for MS.
But she did not accept that.
She went in to spend time with the Lord. She’s a woman of God and she sought out His presence.
And the Lord told her: “Pray and fast, and I will heal you!”
Doesn’t that line up so well with His word right here?
She heard from the Lord – which is very important. Then she fasted and she prayed, and at the end of that fast she went back to get another test done and the results showed negative for MS.
What a wonderful testimony of God’s promises being true!
8 (continued) And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Think about your righteousness in Christ going before you and opening up the way so that you get direction from God to open every door. So that you know exactly what you’re doing and where you are going at the leading of the Lord.
And you’re achieving very great things for God.
But there’s always a blind spot behind you somewhere.
But the Lord says that when you fast and you pray, part of the breakthrough is that the Lord will have your rear guard!
Any plan that the enemy has in order to attack you from any blind spots that you may have, there the Lord is to protect you!
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.
Hallelujah! Thank you, Father that you enable us and strengthen us, so that we may be restoring streets to dwell in.
That we may be out there repairing breaches in Your name!
What an honor that we can know you and that we can operate in Your guidance and in Your power and accomplish these things in Your mighty name, Jesus!
Friends, I encourage you to fast and to pray. I have had many revelations through this time of fasting and prayer.
By the way, Jesus never said “if you fast,” but he said “when you fast.” So there is a time that we are called to do it.
Throughout even the new testament in the book of Acts, they fasted and they prayed, and they got breakthroughs. There are earthly benefits that we get and I hope that this has encouraged you to do it the right way.
I know that the Lord has called you to fast in the past or will be calling you too fast in the future and I encourage you to take that challenge, but not without standing in faith in the promises and the strength that God has given us.