Day Ten: Fasting Update – “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke?” (Isaiah 58:6).
Reward #3: To let the oppressed go free.
The discouraged, bruised, and wounded go free when we fast. Imagine a vase that is being cracked. That's the Hebrew word picture for oppression. Ever feel like that–like you're “cracking up”?
Fasting helps “mend” the vessel so you can be the awesome “vessel of honor” God has called you to be. Fasting accelerates the mending process.
You Can Fast for Others —
There are so many of the walking wounded in the world–people even within your sphere of influence. Did you know you can fast for them? You can! When Jesus walked the earth, He set the oppressed free.
“God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38).
I remember a friend of mine, Linda, suffered horribly from rheumatoid arthritis. Her son decided to fast for her healing. She was noticeably improved after that and the pain she had been experiencing for years was greatly diminished.
Let Jesus set you free during this period of fasting–and let Him use you to help heal those who are oppressed and bind up the broken hearted.
Confession: Thank You, Jesus for setting me free! You have healed me in spirit, soul and body. Thank You for loosing the bonds of wickedness (I let my thoughts and eyes dwell only on those things that are pure and wholesome). Thank You for undoing the heavy burdens (I refuse to carry the burdens of the past any longer), and thank You for freeing me from all oppression (I am MORE than a conqueror through Christ Jesus–I am not oppressed! Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world! I am free because Jesus lives in me!). AMEN!!!