Fasting is a command of our Lord and therefore important.  When done with a pure heart and a right motive, fasting will provide us with the key to unlock doors, opening up new opportunities to reach the lost.  It is a spiritual weapon of God’s power to the pulling down of strongholds.  Fasting may be old-fashion and unpopular to some in the religious world, but should be as common as prayer in The Church of God.  Scripture has so much to teach us by example and by precept of the value of fasting.  In the Old Testament we see example after example of great Bible saints who fasted…such as Moses, the lawgiver, David the king, Elijah the prophet and Daniel, the seer. The results of their fasting are noted in the victories won and miracles wrought in their lives.  In the New Testament we have the example of our Lord as well as of His apostles.  Fasting clearly had its place in the life of the early church and must have its place in the church today!

Isaiah tells us WHY we should fast in chapter 58…“ to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free.”  He points out that this is the fast God has chosen. We know the action words in this scripture…to loose, to undo and to let go…pertain to many aspects in our spiritual walk.  And it goes without saying, fasting is necessary in the spiritual warfare of a soul-winner.  It is warfare in the realm of “principalities and powers”.  Satan is a stubborn foe and does not want to relinquish his grasp on the souls of our lost families, friends and the lost souls of strangers we pass in our life every day. He will not relinquish his hold on their lives unless compelled to do so.  Fasting provides that compelling! The enemy is compelled (forced) to loosen his grip on the soul in captivity!  Fasting is a powerful weapon, appointed and anointed by God, to break the enemy’s hold.  Let’s be reminded of the time the disciples were unable to cast out the devil.  They asked WHY they were unable to do so.  Jesus answered,  “Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a gain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” (Matthew 17:20-21) Are we willing to intercede and push back the plate to see the bands of wickedness loosened… to see the heavy burdens of sin lifted…to see those oppressed go free?  It will be worth the sacrifice to see family and friends find true deliverance…living a life in total victory over sin!  Jesus teaches us through His Word that victory is wrought and deliverance comes through prayer AND fasting!

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REMINDER:  The Region has been called to fast every Wednesday.  If you are unable to fast the entire day, you are encouraged to do what you can.  Let’s purpose in our hearts to be obedient to the Word of God and the prompting of the Spirit.  As we come together in unity and purpose through prayer and fasting we will experience the miracle working power of God we so desire in our local churches, in our personal lives and in the lives of our families and friends! 

THEY FASTED

On Sinai’s mount, with radiant face

To intercede for heaven’s grace

Upon a stubborn, wayward race

He FASTED

Once lifted from the miry clay

When opposition came his way

This soldier-king would often pray

With FASTING

A seer possessed of vision keen

Who told the troubled king his dream

Had light on God’s prophetic scheme

Through FASTING

The prophetess in temple court

Beheld the Babe the two had brought

For Him she long had prayed and sought

With FASTING

He came to break the yoke of sin

But ere His mission could begin

He met the foe and conquered him

While FASTING

‘Set these apart’ the Spirit bade

A spring that soon vast rivers made

Broke ope by men who as they prayed

Were FASTING

So shall they fast when I am gone

Was this no word to act upon?

Ask countless saints who fought and won

With FASTING

When we shall stand on that great day

And give account, what shall we say

If He should ask us “Did we pray…

With FASTING?”

(Author – A.W.)