For the past three weeks I have been writing about prayers. In case you may wonder, why has Kerrian wrote on the same topic.
Here is why.
Every January my family and I embark on 21 days of prayer and fasting.
January is the start of a new year. The bible teaches us that the year is crowned with goodness, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+65%3A11&version=NKJV but to achieve this goodness you have to contend for it. People often set New Year’s resolution because of the new possibilities. We, as a family therefore use spiritual warfare to contend to get all that is rightfully ours. That warfare is prayer and fasting.
In my post today I will be looking at three people from the bible that fasted and changed the course of their destiny or that of a nation.
What is fasting by the way?
In simple terms fasting is suppressing the flesh for the spirit to come alive. The flesh lust after things of the flesh, and also fight against the spirit. Therefore for the spirit to come alive you have to suppress the flesh. That is exactly what fasting does. Isaiah 58 is a good scripture to read to get more understanding of how to fast and the benefits it carries. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=isaiah+58&version=NKJV
What does fasting do for us?
1. It empowers us-
Jesus Christ was known as the son of a carpenter for 30 years and after He fasted His fame was spread across the region. His fame was spread because after He fasted He was given power from high. He came back in this power of the Spirit. That power enabled him to do miracles. “Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through the entire surrounding region.” (Luke 4:14)
2. It provokes favour
The whole Jewish nation was saved because of Queen Esther. She fasted and God granted her favour in the sight of the King. Haman plotted to destroy all the Jews and when Queen Esther learned of this she admonished all the Jews to fast for three days. The bible records in Esther 4:16 “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”
Esther did not perish because; she was coming from a “mountain” of prayer and fasting. The favour which she encountered on that mountain moved the heart of the King and the whole Jewish nation was saved.
If you were to read chapter 7 of the book of Esther you will see that Haman was hanged for all that he did. Follow the story further and you will see that the Jews triumph throughout the land of Shushan.
3. It grants divine speed.
Nehemiah the cupbearer of the king fasted because he was deeply distressed as the wall of Jerusalem was broken down and his fellow Jews were in danger. “So it was, when I heard these words that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven”. ( Neh 1:4 ) After fasting he found favour in the sight of the King and was given all he needed to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. As if that favour was not enough he rebuilt the wall in 52 days despite all the oppositions he faced “So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days.” (Neh 6:15) If that is not divine speed then I don’t know what divine speed is then. As if that was not enough he then became the Governor of Jerusalem.
There are other stories I could mentioned to show how fasting can move a person or a nation from a low level to their high place but I believe those three suitably conveys my message. With this understanding my family and I key into this mystery of fasting so we can set our year up for victory, power and success.
I would love to hear from you. Do you fast and are there specific purposed why you fast?
Kerrian N. Adebanjo
The blessings of God are yours forever