If we are truly going to get a picture of what fasting is supposed to be, we must read Isaiah 58:
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. (NIV)
We must understand that the power of the Lord at work in our lives is similar to that of a baby who has inherited a large amount of money. Paul uses this analogy in Galatians 4. As long as the baby is not old enough and mature enough to handle the inheritance, others manage it for him. However, when we grow up and mature, then we can take hold of the inheritance of God’s power in our lives. A huge part of this spiritual growing up is understanding that a greater faithfulness to God as God releases greater power into our life. Let’s keep praying for a great release of God’s power on Victory Sunday, October 30th.