I pray that your time of fasting and prayer continues to go well. Do not be surprised if things get difficult during these 40 days. I have found that the devil does not like us praying and fasting for Pensacola. He will do his best to stop you. So do not get discouraged. Keep pressing on.
We continue our study on 40 biblical reasons for fasting. Today, we are on reason 15-17. We will begin to look at Isaiah 58. This is the most informative biblical passage on why we fast food. God explicitly states that fasting has a purpose.
- Fasting is God’s way to loosen bonds of wickedness. Isaiah 58:6 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness." There are strongholds that hold people, cities, regions and countries in bondage. Fasting loosens the bonds that hold people captive. These bonds of wickedness could be religions (Islam), cults (Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons) mindsets (liberal, pro-abortion), worldview (atheism, secular), addictions or emotions (depression) Fasting will begin to loosen these bonds that attach themselves to minds. I am reminded of Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Our fasting allows us to fight a more deliberate battle.
- After loosening the bonds of wickedness fasting will then undo the heavy burdens. Isaiah 58:6 To undo the heavy burdens. God considers us burdened when wickedness holds us down. People are held down with depression, heaviness, struggles, poverty, and incorrect worldviews, etc. This is the second step of a biblical fast. One to loosen and two to undo (remove)
- The third step, fasting will then set the captive free. Isaiah 58:6 To let the oppressed go free. Fasting will set the captive free from the burdens spoken about in the prior two points. Freedom from incorrect worldviews, freedom from addictions, freedom from various struggles and freedom from sickness such as cancer.