Fasting Brings Deliverance 

 

In 1822, Ohio experienced a terrible season of drought which caused low stagnant waters and increased insects. The outcome was a terrible case of the fever all up and down the Ohio and Muskingum rivers. It was an awful summer. By August in Washington County, one in sixteen people had died due to the fever. On September 15, the county created a commission to visit the sick and help supply them with needs to help curb the death toll. The secretary of the county reported that ALL of Marietta was sick. The committee proposed a resolution: “The distressed situation of our fellow citizens  and friends calls for the utmost exertions and deepest humiliation,” that “looking beyond the sword of pestilence to Him who wields it, we humble ourselves before Almighty God, and recommend our fellow citizens a day of public fasting, humiliation and prayer, imploring the pardon of our sins… as those who have hope in the Lord.”

 

The ministers of the area gave public notice of services on Saturday, September 21st in accordance with the resolution. It was noted a few days later in the American Friend that with the exception of fifteen or twenty people who were “quite low,” people began recovering. The epidemic of 1822 was over.

 

What a powerful case of God’s deliverance through prayer and fasting! Like Matthew 17:14-21 (KJV) 19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

 

There are times in our life when we are desperate for God. It is best to choose God before that point of desperation. While we are fasting, ask the Lord for freedom from any habits or recurring health or relational needs.

 

PRAY: “Lord, help me to humble myself today. I need freedom that can only come from You. Help my unbelief. Tell God the specifics of your situation.  _________ In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”