God’s Kind Of Fasting
“No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.” – Isaiah 58:6-7
The above verses are self-explanatory and so I need not say much. Fasting is good and draws us closer to our Father in heaven. Fasting is not about just turning away food and staying hungry; we have to pray during the period of fasting. And for our prayers to be heard and answered during the fasting period or subsequently, we have to do the things that God wants. From the above verses, God wants the following:
1. Free those who are wrongly imprisoned;
2. Lighten the burden of those who work for you;
3. Let the oppressed go free;
4. Remove the chains that bind people;
5. Share your food with the hungry;
6. Give shelter to the homeless;
7. Give clothes to those who need them; and
8. Do not hide from your relatives who need help.
In summary, God wants us to demonstrate His love during a period of fasting, and indeed, at all times. We must show mercy to everyone that we can show mercy to or deserves mercy. The first four requirements (1-4) are about forgiving those who offend us just as our Father in heaven forgives us and does not hold our sins and offences against us. We must not be wicked in our ways and how we treat other people especially those over whom we have some influence or authority. The second four requirements (5-8) encourage us to show mercy in our giving. We must be generous to everyone who is hungry, homeless, poorly clothed or unclothed and to our relatives who need help.
When we do what our Father in heaven wants, He will do what we want and ask of Him. And remember He is able to do far more than we ask or even think of. Have a blessed day!