To What Purpose Do We Fast?
Do you know the reason Christians fast? People fast for various reasons.
They fast for healing, deliverance and to gain a closer relationship with God.
During the month of January, many Christians begin the year with a period of fasting. It has become a ritual in many churches.
During the Christmas season, we eat and drink to fill our belly,
And in January we fast to appease our guilt (Zechariah 7:1-7).
What is the purpose of our fast?
We fasted routinely, but is God seeing us?
We deprived our body of food,
We deny our appetite to please God.
But, does God notice us?
After the fast, we are still riddled with diseases;
Our persecutors return to taunt us,
And Satan is still deceiving, stealing and killing.
To what purpose are we fasting?
We seek God daily, and we want to know His ways.
So, we fast, we pray, we sing, we shout, and we jump.
But we remain undelivered.
What is the purpose of our fast?
While we fast, we take pleasure to exploit our employees.
We fast but continue to backbite and argue.
We fast, but our hearts are hardened
As stubborn stones, that refused to budge.
We fast, but our hearts are like flints that cut our brothers to pieces.
We fast, but we strike with the fist of wickedness.
To what purpose do we fast?
Is it to make our voice heard on high?
Is it to proclaim to the world our holiness?
Is this the fast that God has chosen?
A day for a man to afflict his soul?
To walk with our head bowed low with solemn countenance?
Is it to put on sackcloth of meekness?
Do you call this a fast?
Are our days of fast acceptable to the Lord?
What is the purpose of God’s fast?
What is the fast that He has chosen?
Isn’t it the fast to lose the bonds of wickedness;
To undo the heavy burden;
To free the oppress and to break every yolk?
What is God’s chosen fast?
Is it to feed a hungry Christ in the street
And clothe Him with compassion?
Is it not to bring Christ into our home to commune and fellowship with Him?
When the enemy exposed our brother’s nakedness,
Is it the fast that cover him?
When the enemy seized, and ravaged our brethren,
Isn’t the fast to make a way of escape for them?
Why do we hide from our own flesh?
Let us deny the flesh of lust and pride.
Take away the yolk from among us;
Cease the accusations, deception, and gossiping.
Let us extend our souls to the hungry;
Let us satisfy the afflicted souls.
Then the windows of heaven will be opened.
Then our light will break forth like the morning
And our darkness will be as the noonday.
The Lord will continually be our guide.
He will satisfy our souls in the days of drought
And strengthen our bones.
We will be like a spring flowing with the living
And everlasting water of the Holy Spirit.
We will be like a lush garden whose leaves will not wither.
We will bear fruits in seasons.
The years that the enemy stole and the waste places will be restored.
We will be the foundation of many generations
And they will call us the repairer of the breach
And the restorer of streets to dwell in.
When we rest in God,
And take pleasure and honor in His company,
He will cause us to ride on high hills of the earth
And feed us with the heritage of Christ.
Then our healing will spring forth speedily.
Our righteousness will go before us
And the glory of the Lord shall be our rear guard.
Then we shall call, and the Lord will answer;
When we cry unto Him, He will say, “Here I am.” (Isaiah 58:8-9)
This is the purpose of our fast!
References: Isaiah 58; Zechariah 7:1-7; Matthew 6:16; 25:31-46; Joel 2:25-27; Joel 2:25-27; Obediah 1
Prepared by Beverley Wright (January 6, 2017)