Fasting to Lift God’s Judgment from Another’s Life
1 King 21:27-29 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly. And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: but in his son\’s days will I bring the evil upon his house.
Ahab was so wicked that the prophet told him the dogs would lick up his blood, and hearing that so moved him that he humbled himself and began to fast. God said that because that wicked man had humbled himself in fasting, God would lift the judgment. I believe that you can fast and pray and by doing so lift judgment off another’s life and give them more time for God’s mercy to do a work in that person’s life. If you know someone for whom you desire to see God’s judgment lifted, pray these words:
Jesus, I claim this person for you, I pray that even as I fast, You will lift judgment off _____________________________’s life and extend mercy. Bring that person to his or her senses, I pray. Break the yoke of sin that binds. Loose the bands of wickedness. Break up and mess up ungodly associations in that person’s life. Drive him or her to their knees. In Jesus’ name, amen.
The Fast for Healing
Just as 1 Corinthians 13 has become known as the “love chapter” Isaiah 58 is the “fasting chapter”. In that chapter we read:
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward. Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; -Isaiah 58:6-9
This portion of Scripture says that your health will spring forth speedily. Fasting can usher in God’s healing.
The Fast before a Battle
There is another fast in Judges 20, which is a powerful chapter about fasting. God had told the children of Israel to fight the tribe of Benjamin, because the tribe of Benjamin had become perverted and God was ready to judge them. He said, “I want you to fight against them.” They prayed and sought the Lord, and then asked Him, “Should we go now?” And God said yes. He told them to send Judah up to the battle first. They sent Judah and his men to battle, and they lost the battle, losing 22,000 men. Think about what had happened; they did just what God told them to do, and it was a failure and a disaster. They went back home and cried and sought God as earnestly as they knew how to do. Then they again asked, “Should we go out today
and fight against the enemy again?” Again, God said, “Yes, absolutely go.” They went out to the battle and lost 18,000 more men. In two days, 40,000 Israeli soldiers were dead. The amazing thing is that God had told them to do it, and yet they were suffering defeat. But then we come to verse 26, which says: “Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came unto the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the LORD, and fasted that day until even, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.” The children of Israel fasted that day until the next evening and brought a peace offering before the Lord. If you read the rest of the story, that time they went out and completely killed off the enemy. What is that about? You should never go into a major battle without fasting first. Don’t expect to walk into expansion and do great things for God, or to start a new initiative or plan that launches you out or expands your business, without putting a day of fasting behind that effort. Something happens when we fast and pray that will not happen if you don’t fast, even if God told you to do it. First, you need to attach fasting to it. It will bring the victory every time.
The Dominion Fast
The forty-day fast Why did Jesus fast for forty days and forty nights? (see Mathew 4). He did it for dominion. He did it for authority. Adam lost dominion when he ate of the fruit of the tree God told him not to eat. Esau lost his birthright by eating. In the wilderness, the children of Israel lost the Promised Land by eating quail when God had given them His supernatural provision of manna. Is that meat you feel like eating rather than fasting worth the risk of you missing the promise of God? Fasting makes you tough in the spirit. Fasting makes the inner man rise up and say, “Devil, who do you think you are to mess with my family, or put fear in my mind, or inflict my body. Greater is He that is in me.” By fasting forty days and nights, Jesus got back dominion. He returned in the power of the Spirit after he fasted.
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?