I hope you are enjoying your time of fasting and prayer. For today’s thought on fasting, I want you to consider how much Satan must hate Jesus Christ. Think about how much we hate, but consider that everyone, including believers, have received some of the Holy Spirit in them so that when the Lord begins to call them to Himself, they are able to hear the voice of God. Satan does not have any sense of good in Him. He is completely evil without any redeeming quality. His hatred reaches a level not yet known to any human being.
Satan knows He can not destroy Christ, but He sets out to tempt Him just as it was in the Garden of Gethsemane. If the Devil could turn Christ from the Father and deceive Him making Him a slave also to sin and death, what a victory it would be for Hell. We see the full manifestation of Satan’s hatred for Christ on the cross and the floggings He received at His death.
Now, the Lord knows all of this so when Christ came to Earth determined to live as a man that He might redeem mankind, He expects a battle. The Scripture says that the Spirit led Him out into the desert for a showdown with Satan where all of the powers of Hell would come across Christ. Had Christ been in His glorified form, He could have but whispered the words, “I AM HE” and Satan would have been defeated. But Jesus was not to face Satan as the glorified Christ, but the man who had come to die for all mankind without His Heavenly attributes. He was facing the attacks of Satan in the same way we must face the attacks of Satan. How did Jesus prepare for this battle? He fasted and prayed.
I think that it speaks for itself that Jesus embarks on fasting as part of His prayer life. He humbled Himself. He focused Himself on the task at hand. And, as you remember, He won the battle. Some battles require a greater anointing, a greater grace, a greater power. The power is available, but we must reach out and take it.
This is what this fast is all about. I am praying and expecting God to do miracles, but for it to happen, we must call upon Him with all of our might. Begin to pray and fast about issues in your life and in the lives of those around you. Then, let’s gather together on Sunday, October 30th and see if God doesn’t do some great things. Bring those who need a touch from the Lord. Bring those who need healing in their body. Let the Lord do what He wills.