March 26, 2024

by Kimberly Hobbs 

With this resurrection season soon upon us remembering Christ and what He did for us, people prepare lengthy fasts. Some even feel obligated to incorporate at least one thing to “give up” in order to follow tradition or custom. Unfortunately, fasts are often “used” to accomplish personal satisfaction.
Do we really understand why we do this as believers?
In the Bible, Esther demonstrated maturity and wisdom in declaring a fast. (Esther 4:16-17) There was a situation beyond her control and only a breaking in the spirit with a strategy from God would bring the deliverance her people needed. She called for a fast.
Fasting is a spiritual discipline God established to achieve breakthroughs in our lives and the lives of others.
Before we attempt to do great things for the Lord, we should take time out to fast. Our choices must become fully influenced by the power of the Holy Spirit.
There’s a battle going on out there, the devil is out for blood. Nations are raging. Our homes are deteriorating and we need to pray and exert power and strength and take action. It was true in Esther’s day, and it’s true for each of us today.
Consider a fast and go into prayer before making that “choice” that might be pressing on you in this season of remembrance. Just pause and be certain before you fast, that it’s God leading you with it and not your own feelings, traditions, or customs pressing you. Examine the purpose of your heart when fasting before the Lord.