Fasting for Favor and Protection of a Nation or People
I know you were not expecting this. I like to give folks more than they expect. I also believe there are many more than 21 reasons for Christians to fast. I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about the fasting that brings protection over a nation – one of my favorite lessons of the Bible.
Some folks don’t know how much God loves orphans and women. The story of Ester is such a life lesson. God takes His little girl and raises her up to save the nation of Israel from a man more evil than Hitler. Hamen attempts to kill every Jew in the world by government decree, but God uses this hidden gem of a young lady, Queen Esther. His secret power is to increase our faith by demonstrating a nation’s trust in God by prayer and fasting.
Esther 4:8-16 (NIV) 15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
Next time you see a need amplify your trust in God by going without food and water. It reminds your body and soul there is someone bigger than you in charge of life. When you fast you take a hold on earth and a hold on heaven at the same time. Grab hold and believe God is able.