Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 15 Scripture Selection: Isaiah 58-60
Food for Thought: Is. 58:4-7
Some people fast, and they don’t even know it. Because Jesus lives within them, they lovingly, sacrificially offer of themselves constantly. They are the people to whom Jesus refers when He says in Matthew 25:35-40, “for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’”
Their lives are devoted to “loosing the bands of wickedness” off people by sharing the Gospel. They pray and set people free from the heavy burdens they carry. They deliver people from oppression of every kind and break yokes of bondage off of them. They minister to the needs of the poor (spiritually and physically). Every time they do anything in the name of Jesus, they are doing exactly what He would have done if He were here in the same body walking on this earth. They are offering what they have for the benefit of others instead of consuming it on their own desires and needs.
Another kind of fasting is to take the time to spend communing with the Lord for fellowship with Him and to gain insight or direction from Him. Time spent with Him is the time one would have normally spent on personal needs or desires. There are several examples in the New Testament of people who devoted their lives to fasting and prayer and gained great revelations because of their time spent with the Lord, but the motive was never to afflict oneself; rather, it was to draw close to the Lord and hear from Him. All natural comforts become inconsequential in the light of His presence.
The Lord is not interested in seeing people afflict themselves just for the sake of making themselves uncomfortable. That in itself doesn’t make anyone more holy or acceptable to the Lord. Jesus did all the suffering necessary for that. And fasting is never necessary to convince the Lord to do anything. We already know by His Word what He freely gives us. Now, our fasting is to spend time alone with God or to use what is at our disposal for the benefit of others and to manifest God’s love as His representatives. That is the acceptable fast of God.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):