5. Is such a fast as yours what I have chosen, a day for a man to humble himself with soul sorrow? Is true fasting merely mechanical? Is it only to bow down his head like a bulrush and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him to indicate a condition of heart that he does not have? Will you call this a fast and an acceptable day to the Lord? Amp.
In order to be ready for the Lord’s return we must have fasting in our life. Without it we may end up with all manner of unresolved hurts and sins in our life. The Lord knows what we need. Fasting is one of the best tools He has to teach us faith and trust. We know we cannot make it without food. We must have power from above to fast. We will learn to appropriate it in our life if we fast His way.
There are many different types of fasting we can do. Here is a list;
- Liquid Fast
- Partial Fast
- Sugar Fast
- 2 meals a day
- 1 meal a day
- Water Fast
- Nothing in between meals (to start)
There are some ministries that make it a requirement for you to fast before you can join them. Some Churches have group fasts. These are all fine if that is what the Lord is telling you to do. Tha main ingredient in any fast is the Lord. If you do this on your own, you may be biting off more than you can chew. (Not a pun)!
We must be serious and seek the Lord earnestly for direction or it may be a wasted effort. He is saying in the scripture, “Is such a fast as yours what I have chosen?” He has His purpose in our fasting and it is usually a deep, wonderful work. It is hard at first, but it should not continue to be hard. He anoints us with strength, and it builds our faith while answering more of our prayers.
I remember years ago I was on a liquid fast and had to go to the grocery while my husband Gary was at work. I knew I would have to lift a 20-pound bag of potatoes. That to me was impossible as I was so weak at the time. I prayed specifically for strength for the potatoes. I will never forget that when I went to pick up the bag it was lighter than a feather. He is so good and wants us to know He will always be there when we call. There are many things He has done for me during fasts that built my faith and molded my life and the way I eat.
He drew nearer and made it such a blessing that I did not ever want it to end. That is what His purpose is for us. Food is too important to so many. It controls many and it should not. He will break that yoke if you let Him. And you will not miss the food at all.
It is also a time of healing of wounds. He knows how to stir up your heart and bring up things that we have buried. He lets us see them. He gives us the words to pray, and they just go away. One thing He taught me was in times of fasting, I was not to go places that I did not need to go. I sat in the car waiting for my family a lot during those fasting days. He is serious about our fasting. If I did something He did not want me to do I would get hungry. I learned if I followed Him, the fast would not be difficult but a real blessing.
He has taught me how to eat what He wants so He can still do what He needs to do in Me. We are actually called to a fasted life, and it is wonderful. That is what the end of Chapter 58 is about. We are not to do our own pleasure on the Sabbath which is the last day or the 7th day and our completeness and rest.
Then we shall delight ourselves in the Lord and He will make us to ride on the high places and He will feed us I believe spiritually and physically. Is. 58:13-14.