Day 11

Awaken Us: 40 Days to Fast & Pray – Day 11

Isaiah 58 is very instructive as it relates to fasting.  It shows us how, and how not to, fast. It’s simply not enough to give up food (or something else) — God wants our hearts to be right before Him.  And a right heart shows itself in righteous actions.  We should endeavor to help the poor around us.  We should rally against injustice and help the oppressed.

The word “justice” is thrown around a lot in our day.  Usually it’s referring to a form of wealth redistribution where money is taken from one and given to another.  I don’t believe the Bible teaches this practice, but, mind you, there IS injustice all around us:  The single mom who really tried to make her marriage work… but her husband simply gave up and walked away; the hungry, starving and poor in Africa.  In both of these examples the individuals didn’t choose this kind of life.  And there is a certain injustice in it all.

But we, as believers in Jesus Christ, can make a difference.  First, we can fast and pray.  Next, we can reach out to those around us with the love of Christ.  Perhaps offer to babysit for that single parent so that she can get some Christmas shopping done.  Maybe consider supporting Gospel For Asia which helps the poor in impoverished Third World countries. (see for more information).

Isaiah 58:6 reads, “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?”  Imagine a pack mule, laden down with a heavy cargo.  Many people are carrying baggage… sometimes WE’VE been those people, haven’t we?  We have the great opportunity, both through our prayers and our actions, to untie the ropes and lighten their load.  Pray this day that our eyes would be opened to see what God sees. May we have His heart and mind!

Terry Franklin

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