It’s not too late to jump on board as we begin Day Four of the 21 Day Fast for Pastor Saeed. The Bible teaches that fasting and prayer can help us break through stubborn problems. Fasting helps us cast those troubles into God’s strong hands.
Yesterday, I talked about the importance of approaching a fast with humility. When we are feeling weak, it’s easier to lean into God’s power. By giving up food or social media or whatever, we have little reminders throughout the day to pray. Think I’ll have some chocolate…oops…guess not. That’s my trigger to pray for Pastor Saeed.
It’s never easy to say “No” to hunger pains, or shopping, or Facebook, or TV. But this 21 Day Fast requires an extra measure of the Holy Spirit’s strength. That’s because we’re fasting for something of tremendous importance: Pastor Saeed’s release from prison.
You’re also fasting and praying for strongholds in your own life to be defeated. Our battle is a spiritual one. The Bible says that our struggle is not against flesh and blood and things we can see, but against the “rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand (Ephesians 6:13 NIV).”
Take a closer look at the the spiritual armor listed in Ephesians 6:10-17. You’ll realize the armor that we are “putting on” is Jesus. Friends, only Jesus can defeat the enemy of our soul. The Bible says we are to resist the devil and trust the Lord to gain the victory. That means that our fight is to stand in the faith that Jesus accomplished our victory on the cross. Prayer and fasting drive that truth deep.
A spiritual warfare tactic to memorize as you pray and fast: “Submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7 NIV).” The devil is a defeated foe. Stand your ground.