The Spirit Filled Believer
Written by Dick Mills
"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?" (Isa. 58:6 NKJ).
When the disciples proved powerless to cast out the demon in a child, they asked the Lord why they had failed (Mark 9:14-28). His answer is enlightening: "This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting" (v. 29 NKJ).
These words reveal the power base for moving in the realm of the supernatural. The prophet Isaiah says here that the fast of the Lord will radically change lives.
Fasting for aesthetic or health reasons produces physical benefits. Likewise, fasting for spiritual reasons produces spiritual benefits.
Fasting can also demonstrate mastery over the appetite. Because it was the temptation of physical food (self-gratification) that caused man's downfall in the Garden of Eden, the Lord gave fasting (self-denial) as the way to spiritual power.
Through the ages those who have been great in faith and prayer have also fasted much. Faith needs prayer for its development and full growth. Prayer needs fasting for its completion. Fasting activates the believer's power and authority over the powers of darkness.
This verse implies that fasting will release the power of God in ways not otherwise possible. Fasting makes possible great deliverances. It breaks yokes, delivers captives, frees prisoners, and releases God's power in lives.
Since God has chosen it, is this not the fast that you and I should also choose?
Source: The Spirit-Filled Believer's Daily Devotional by Dick Mills
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers