If I'm struggling with sin, will God still honor my fast? - Day 20
Question of the day:
If I have been struggling with sin or a particular sin, will God still honor my fast and hear my prayers?
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This scripture encourages me and should encourage you as well. This is the simple truth. We all struggle with sin on a regular basis. For example, think of how you talk sometimes to your spouse and kids when you are tired and hungry. Speaking words carelessly in a harsh tone to those we love or work with can get us into a lot of trouble. And if we are honest, we can all improve how we speak.
There is good news is found in 1 John 1:9, which reads: “ If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
If you are aware that you are struggling with a particular sin, and especially if it seems habitual, there is no better time than during a fast, in earnestly seeking The Lord for help. Jesus says in Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of The Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed.”
According to John 15:15, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead I have called you friends, for everything that I have learned from My Father I have made known to you.” Jesus calls you and me “friend!”
Jesus died to conquer sin and He wants to set you free. Being aware of a moral struggle might actually be a work of The Lord bringing this to your attention so that you will ask Him for help. Notice that many of the people that received healing from Jesus had to first ask Him. Open your mouth in your prayer closet and allow your heart to pour itself out to God who is your good Heavenly Father. “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more will your Father in Heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!” Mathew 7:11
We all struggle habitually with something. More than likely, you have tried in your own strength to conquer something that might be a stronghold which is a spiritual battle. “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have Divine power to demolish strongholds” “ (2 Corinthians 10:4).
Sometimes we are dealing with things that are causing us to stumble and we’re using incorrect tactics and inefficient weaponry. The disciples learned this when they were unable to cast out an evil spirit from a young boy. They were bewildered because they had had success before this moment. Jesus alerted them to a new level of awareness, “This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting” (Mark 9:29).
Some things are going to take prayer and fasting. The reason you may be struggling is that all the conditions are right to bring your struggles before the Throne of Grace and ask specifically for The Lord to deal with it on your behalf. Confess it, seek His forgiveness and trust your Heavenly Father to bring His power into your circumstance. Many, many people experience powerful and life changing breakthrough during this fasting season. But it’s also important to note that sometimes your breakthrough might come later. Hold onto the Word of God and mix your faith with it. Jesus told you that His Father withholds no good thing from you and His mission is to set captives free.
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account_circle Helen Hearts
"Jesus told you that His Father withholds no good thing from you and His mission is to set captives free." This is a very encouraging statement and although some may feel non of their prayer requests have been answered yet, at least we have been assured that all good things will not be withheld from us. One of prayer requests was to be able to visit a different country this year and God has made it possible for me. I got called today by my bosses into their office and they have nominated me to be one of the representatives for my country office at a meeting. I am so thankful to God and I am now just waiting to see what else he has install for me. Thank You Lord Jesus Christ for this opportunity.
account_circle Rose Gwanfogbe
Pastor JF Thanks so much for the different Daily helpful topics on your blog during this time of Fasting. They are quite empowering and motivating. In All, God is very good for I starting seeing breakthroughs and answered prayers from the very few days of this fast. This gave me the reasons to continue fasting, do it better while waiting for God to give more answers including the "Miracle Money". Thanks once more and my God continue to bless you, your ministries and all you do for the growth of His Kingdom
account_circle Rose Gwanfogbe
Dear Pastor JF and Team Thanks so much for the idea of first fruit fasting at the beginning of every year. This is my first year and the first time to do Daniel Fasting. I joint this year’s fasting on the 10/01/2018 and it has not been easy regarding what to eat, when to eat etc. I started by eating small portions of some raw vegetables, popcorn and fruits during the day and eating super of cooked beans, cooked mix vegetables with coco-yams, or corn flour meal with cooked African vegetables. After about three days of this routine, I felt like it wasn't proper fasting by just cutting out on bread, beef, processed foods and other food items as prescribed in the Daniel fasting. This was because, I am used to fasting whole day or days without food just small quantity of water during the day. As such, from the Day 4 of my fasting which was the 13/01/2018, I stop eating popcorn and the fruits/vegetables from daybreak to about 13:00 to 17:00 depending on the day. This has been working well, except for the fact that, I get really tired and exhausted most of the time. Today is my Day 20 and I am so thankful for the LORD God of Israel to have been there with me throughout this Fast.
account_circle C Wilson
Praise the Lord! What a precious teaching moment. To God be the glory! Thanks so much for this message!
account_circle Gail Bodnar
Thank you, Pastor Franklin, for your insightful and inspiring blog posts. This is my first corporate fast. It has been difficult but eye-opening. Learned so much about the spirituality of corporate sacrifice and encouragement as well as myself. God has revealed areas that I really needed cleansing and ministering too as well as drawing closer to Him, Jesus, with fear and trembling which isn't the Sinai kind but the repentant kind of coming to throne of grace with renewed confidence. Not always easy to face yourself and beam in your own eye but that's what I needed and what's been holding me back. Mirror of Gods Word is both frightful and healing. Medicine to my soul. Katina's song, "Draw me close to you!" has been the song of my soul this month and cry of my heart. The spiritual battle has been just as real but God is good and gave the strength to let me know that the One in me is greater still then all my sin or others against me. I feel as though I've been washed in hyssop and made whiter then snow. Had root of bitterness the needed to the be dugout removed and feel freer for it. Pray all my brothers and sisters that have participated in this fast would be just as renewed as strengthened. That guidance, wisdom, and blessings would be theirs. Love to all Jesus! Amen