“Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”
Esther 4 :16 NKJV
Fast is define in the oxford dictionary as a voluntary abstinence from food and drink or from certain kinds of food. The etymology of the word fast comes from the old english fæstan and from the proto-germanic word fastanan which also means ‘to hold, guard, to make firm’.
I remember when I was younger, my muslim friend would fast during the month of Ramadan and I would never understood why ? In believed it was silly to stop eating and drinking, particularly during summer, when the heat was intense. As a lover of food, I could not comprehend the idea. But as my faith grew, God changed my perspective.
One of my earliest memories where my perception started to alter, was a few years ago at the premature stages of my christian walk. It was at this time I met a young Christian Man who was interested in having a relationship with me.
Like many born again women my age, thoughts of marriage and christian dating were at a constant.
Although, his interest pleased me, I still insisted that God should tell me if he was the right person for me.
A few months before meeting the young man, I had watched an exhortation of a french pastor about Queen Esther’s fast. It was only after watching this exhortation that I then read the book of Esther and realised the power behind fasting and prayers.
It was then that I became enlightened on how much fasting could change a situation. Upon reflection of this reading, I decided to fast and pray to be sure I was following God’s plans by dating this man.
If it did work for Queen Esther, what would it not work for me ?
Every evening across three days ; I would pray and praise God for hours after I have returned home from work; instead of having dinner.
On the final day of the fast, it was revealed to me the true face of this man.
He called me to arrange a meet up and it was at this meeting he uncovered the truth about his intentions.
The first confession was that he was not a born-again Christian and that he only lied because I said I was.
The second confession was about his employment status. He admitted to being unemployed and that the company he used to ensure that his lie was convincing, was a place he previously worked during his internship.
The third confession was regarding his academic history. He admitted to not graduating at school. Not only did he not pass his exams but he had spent his entire school fees on women and therefore could not afford to finish school.
The young man continued to explain that he was only trying to impress me, so he could have a sexual relationship with me and then he would dump me.
Just when I thought I had heard everything I needed to hear, the young man then reveals that the last trip he was supposed to take, was not a vacation, but in fact a trip to reconcile with his ex-girlfriend and to eventually have sex with her.
I was stunned into silence.
He then finished by saying, that he does not know why he felt the need to confess everything to me.
On this very same day, last day of fasting, my head of department revealed to me that another employee was coveting the position that I wanted and was taking information from me to get the job. She warned me to be careful of her.
What about you ? What do you think of fasting ? Have you ever considered fasting and prayers as a breakthrough for your situation ?
Fasting and prayer’s have power to humble you before God and make you more accessible to hear from him, when you bring your petition to him.
Fasting is a source of spiritual power to make your situation change.
God teaches us a great example of the power and the reward of fasting by the example he gave in the bible of Esther’s fast.
Esther was a young Jewish woman, who had been chosen by the King Xerxes to be his wife and queen. Xerxes was powerful and was reigning from India to Egypt. Esther Nationality and family background was not known to the King. One day, a noble of the King named Haman, became furious against Mordecai, whom is Esther’s uncle.
‘When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow or pay him homage, Haman was filled with wrath. But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him of the people of Mordecai. Instead, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus—the people of Mordecai.’ Esther 3 :5-6 NKJV
to be continued next week
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