As we contemplate the way we approach the Lord, the way we offer Him our fast, and the way we bow our hearts to Him, please pray for the spirit of wisdom and revelation (Ephesians 1:17) and a heart that is teachable before you proceed. Thank you Lord.
“Why have we fasted, but You have not seen? We have denied ourselves, but You haven’t noticed! Look, you do as you please on the day of your fast…You fast with contention and strife to strike viciously with your fist. You cannot fast as you do today, hoping to make your voice heard on high. If you get rid of the yoke among you, the finger-pointing and malicious speaking, and if you offer yourself to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted one, then your light will shine in the darkness, and your night will be like noonday. The LORD will always lead you, satisfy you in a parched land, and strengthen your bones. You will be like a watered garden and like a spring whose waters never run dry. Some of you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will restore the foundations laid long ago, you will be called the repairer of broken walls, the restorer of streets where people live.” (Isaiah 58:3-4, 9b-12) Take the time to read this over continuously! Read it until the words of truth penetrate your heart and you are escorted not only to the path of understanding but to repentance. Thank you Lord for the opportunity!
Are we rebellious even when we fast? “Will the fast I choose be like this: A day for a person to deny himself, to bow his head like a reed, and to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast and a day acceptable to the LORD? (Isaiah 58:5) Do we have mere surface sincerity as we approach our time of fasting? Or is our heart pricked to sorrow as we behold our deep need for the Lord’s power and mercy! As in these verses do we claim to deny ourselves before God, and wonder why He has not yet responded? Are we wanting Him to intervene in specific areas of our lives yet deny Him complete access to other areas? Is God not responding to our request for intervention because we are not authentic? Remembering that God shall not be mocked (Galatians 6:7), He recognizes if our fast and approach to Him is manipulative. Oh Lord work a sorrowful repentance in our prideful hearts! We desire Your life!
Let us join together and approach our fast not from a habit rooted in obligation. Instead, let us offer our fast as a true denial of self and humbly ask the Lord from the sincerity of our souls, to assist us in our time of need. If we have fumbled for years with sincerity let’s be bold and confess our lack and expect a filling! Shall we reason together that as we admit our shortcomings to Him we are not revealing issues of which He is not already aware? (He knows we all fall short of His glory. Romans 3:23) It is an admittance brought to the light, which now is available for the Lord to apply a healing work of ministry. Hallelujah! We praise you Lord and seek You as we humbly lay our requests before your astonishing throne of grace.