KEY SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 58:7 KJV “Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?”
We conclude our discussions on the fast God will accept. In this study the Lord calls on us to go out of our way and show kindness during our time of fasting. Please note that in Matthew 6 the Lord Jesus talked about three Christian disciplines that the Christian must do, not optionally, but as an obligation. The Lord talked about prayer, fasting and giving to the needy. These things go together. Don’t only talk about fasting and prayer, but add to it giving to the needy in your moment of the fast.
In our key scripture the scripture said in the moment of your fast give your bread to the hungry. It suggests look out for the hungry and give food to him or her. Do this deliberately. The scripture says cloth the poor and bring the poor into your home (note: our current world has become very sophisticated so bringing certain people into your home may not be like it was in the culture of the Bible.) We must learn to show kindness in the times of our fast. The Lord calls on us to be very proactive in showing kindness and mercy in the days of your fast. Fasting is a comprehensive act. It involves prayer, abstaining from meals and giving to the needy. (Matthew chapter 6)
The Bible tells us certain things that would happen to us when we fast rightly.
1 The first thing is that your health would spring forth and if there be any sickness in your life, it shall die. Your righteousness will go forth. (Isaiah 58:8)
2.Your prayers shall be speedily answered (Isaiah 58:9)
3 You would no more be under obscurity; God’s glory shall be risen on you. Shame shall be no more. (Isaiah 58:10)
4.The Lord shall guide you in all things. He shall satisfy thy soul in drought, or prosperity would be your portion, thy bones shall be made fat or you would be immune to diseases, YOU would be like a watered garden.
5.You shall bring God’s revival to many generations (verse 13)
6.Isaiah 58:14 KJV Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and He will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
Proper fasting is a great path to a blessed life and every Christian must approach it rightly and submit to the Lord?
I observe my fast according to God’s prescription in His word. I express love to all persons, humble myself before the Lord, and give to the needy. By these actions my life is catapulted into heights of countless blessing.
Matthew 6:1 KJV” Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven”.
Proverbs 19:17 KJV “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.”