Fasting Opens the Door for Healing and Sharing the Light of God
The prophet Isaiah invited the people of God to come to God with fasting. He challenged them to come with a sincere loving heart for God. He knew from personal experience that we have flaws and faults that make us feel unworthy. Isaiah 6 describes his personal experience of feeling overwhelming guilt and remorse for his failings.
Verse 5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”
If you are finding yourself experiencing difficulty with the fast that’s ok. Some would even say normal. Learning to depend on God and not yourself, is a good thing. The unintended consequence is the feelings of inadequacy but the awesome outcome is honesty. In that honesty we find the power of God. God, I need your help, forgiveness and healing.
God’s promise to Isaiah and all honest fasters is healing and the light of God.
Isaiah 58:7 (NIV) 7 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
As God’s light shines in your dark areas, welcome His healing. I have seen God’s change my co-workers during these January fasts in the past. Help me see things I needed to change in my leadership and parenting. Welling the power of God’s light as you fast.
“Pray: Lord, if there are dark places or places in my heart that need cleansing please cleanse me. Like Isaiah, I am a person with a need for clean-up on aisle “me” right now. Father, I can’t be good on my own. Would you help me learn to walk in your ways? Today, shine on me. May you see Jesus in me. -Amen.”