The Continual Fast
Matthew 6:17-18 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Often we think of fasting and prayer when we need a breakthrough in a certain area of our lives, so we fast something and spend an extra amount of time with God and in prayer. I fast and I know many others who also fast. Fasting is good and I think God does honor us when we place Him first, but the point that many of us neglect to see about fasting is that God wants us to fast to draw closer to Him. When we are continually drawing near to Him, we hear His voice more clearly and we do get answers about things and breakthroughs that we have been wanting and asking for because we are listening for His voice.
1 John 4:19 We love Him because He first loved us.
Faith is a different kind of fast in that we are not doing it for 7 days or 21 days at a tim, it is continual fast. We are constantly be called to fast our flesh and allow our spirit to be stronger than the things of this world. We are constantly fasting our own selfish needs and wants and choosing to put God first and foremost. Isaiah 58 explains the continual fast of faith, fasting that pleases God:
Isaiah 58:6-9 “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?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
God calls us to feed the hungry and clothe the sick. When we are fasting our whole lives and only doing what is right, only speaking the Word and speaking life, we have to die to reputation and choose to not listen to the murmuring around us because we know the voice of God and we allow the Holy Spirit to prompt, lead and guide us. Verses 9-11 explain how God honors this continual fast:
Isaiah 58:9-11 “If you get rid of unfair practices,
quit blaming victims,
quit gossiping about other people’s sins,
If you are generous with the hungry
and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out,
Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness,
your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight.
I will always show you where to go.
I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places—
firm muscles, strong bones.
You’ll be like a well-watered garden,
a gurgling spring that never runs dry.”
God promises us, when it reads “The mouth of the Lord has spoken” (Isaiah 58:14 NKJV) that if we live in His continual fast we will be like a well-watered garden, a spring that never runs dry. I have chosen to be God’s Yes Girl and living a life with no compromise is just part of it. I want the whole enchilada so every day I am striving to live in this continual fast and literally put God first in every move I make and make sure that every action I make glorifies Him and His name.
Matthew 6:33But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
We are so greatly blessed, highly favored, and deeply loved.