“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-4
This week, associate college pastor Maddie Echols continued our Let My People Go series with a message on the power of prayer and fasting. Because we are in a spiritual battle for freedom, our weapons must be divine. Fasting, accompanied by prayer, is a weapon that has the power to bring breakthrough against any pharaoh we face.
Throughout our morning, we took a look at what it means to fast biblically.
WHEN WE ARE MOST SATISFIED IN GOD, HE WILL BE MOST GLORIFIED THROUGH US.
Fasting is more than skipping a few meals. It is believing for God, by His word, through His power and in His presence to both sustain us and move in us. When we fast, we create space for God.
WHAT IS FASTING NOT?
The purpose of fasting is not to gain approval from God or man. God is more concerned about our motive, rather than our method. The right method done with the wrong motive does not mean you are moving anything forward. It is actually called false humility and Jesus is not impressed by it. Fasting is also not our way of manipulating or controlling God to get what we think we need. Actually, when we fast, the Holy Spirit typically reveals what has control over us and leads us into freedom.
THE PURPOSE OF FASTING IS PROXIMITY TO JESUS.
Through fasting, we are communicating to Heaven our longing to be close to Jesus. When we fast, we give Jesus not only physical space in our stomach, but also space to fill our hearts with His presence. The object of our fast is not an outcome, it’s Jesus. As we allow ourselves to embrace our weakness, we give Jesus space to fill us and give us the power to overcome of pharaohs.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE FAST?
When we fast, the Holy Spirit brings consecration, activation and breakthrough.
- Consecration // This is the cleaning out and cleansing that happens when we fast. When we are no longer able to turn to food for comfort, we are forced to face the things that are holding us back. We can then repent, meet with God and allow Him to cleanse and heal us.
- Activation // When we fast, we are empowered to live out the Kingdom mission God has called us to. The disciples fasted in Acts 13 before they were sent out. Biblical fasting leads to God’s people being activated and sent out with a clear, Kingdom mission.
- Breakthrough // In Matthew 17, Jesus casts out a demon from a boy and later says, “…this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” There is a level of breakthrough, that God in His wisdom and in His mystery has reserved for those who choose to fast and pray.
FASTING IS NEVER CONVENIENT. IT IS A CHOICE.
We might not ever feel like there is an ideal time to fast. However, fasting really does enable us to fight our modern-day pharaohs. As we create space for God within us, He intensifies our hunger for Him, and the by product is that the Holy Spirit consecrates, activates and brings breakthrough
IN RESPONSE //
As a church, we are setting aside time to do a church-wide prayer and fast, March 4th – 6th. We are believing for God to consecrate, activate and bring breakthrough among us like never before. Throughout the fast, we will have daily corporate prayer times at 6 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. We also encourage you to visit antio.ch/prayer to sign up for an hour in the Prayer Room one day during the fast. To wrap up our three days, we will have a church-wide Prayer Rally on Wednesday, March 6th at 6:30 p.m.
In the next week, we encourage you to pray and ask God how you can be a part of our corporate fast. As we create space for Him, we believe He is going to meet us like never before!
To learn more about fasting, download this guide.