“Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ “If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
-Fasting is written as tsom in Hebrew & is define as dedication of oneself for a period of time to devote to spiritual priority of prayer without food. It is also the wilful abstaining from natural pleasures for a spiritual purpose.
-From today’s verses we learn that fasting helps in purifying our hearts & minds from evil thoughts thus breaking bad habits. It releases us from heavy burdens & breaks every yoke for our prayers are answered. It also increases almsgiving.
-Note that when the stomach is empty, the body has no power over you for spirit is more active & this enables one to hear God more clearly. Fasting while taking water purifies the body from excess toxins & fats, leading to weight reduction & natural healing. Fasting is not dieting, food is replaced by prayer, reading the word & meditating on it.
-Let us join hands & purpose to fast, skipping one meal this week & pray for our country during this time of elections when a lot is happening, that the Lord will have mercy on us & give us the best leaders whose heart’s are focused on Him & cancel the possibility of post election violence. We also remember our own prayer petitions especially those we have been praying , for a long time that the Lord will grant us the desires of our hearts. The funds saved can be channelled towards a charitable cause.
We humbly implore You Father, in fasting, prayer & supplications, hear our cry. Have mercy on our country & help us during this time of elections & anoint for us leaders who have You & the interests of the people at heart. Grant us peace before, during & after elections for You are all powerful. Have mercy on us & deliver us from all difficult situations that are deep in our hearts. We praise You & glorify You now & forever. Amen
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