Fasting: An Unknown Strategy of War
Extended fasting is a method of war. It might sound strange, but remember - the Kingdom of God often sounds backwards. God’s ways are higher than our ways. The question is, “Are we willing to walk in weakness and do things His way?” When we fast and pray, God releases an arsenal of angels to fight for us. Imagine if we all fasted and prayed together, and as a result angels were released from heaven to surround our families, schools, churches, and city! This is the 5th reason why I am calling us to pray and fast together for 21 days.
The angel told Daniel in Daniel 10-12 that he had come in response to Daniel’s prayers, but was resisted by a (demonic) prince of Persia. Then, God the Father sent Michael, one of the higher ranking angels, to help the first angel deployed. There was spiritual war and angelic activity as a result of Daniel’s prayer and fasting! The angel strengthened Daniel, shared heavenly visions with him, and told him the words were to be sealed until the time of the end and that those who are wise will understand them.
God responds powerfully, in His grace and mercy, to those who set their hearts to understand Him by praying and fasting. Daniel was a friend of God. The angels spoke to Daniel with honour. Why? Daniel was faithful in studying the Word of God, praying, fasting, and watching to see what God was doing on the earth! Because He was in alignment with heaven’s agenda, spiritual war broke out in the heavens. Angels were released to shake demonic holds over a nation. I don’t know how it works, but I see it in God’s word and believe it still happens today.
Fasting Fixes Our Eyes on God
When King Jehoshaphat realized he was being approached by a vast army, he proclaimed a fast to seek help from God.
He cried out to God, “We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you. All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the Lord” (read the whole story in 2 Chronicles 20:1-30).
The Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the Levites, who declared,
Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. The battle is not yours, but God’s. You will not have to fight this battle. Stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you. Go out and face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.
Jehoshaphat trusted God and sent men at the head of the army to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendour of His holiness! As the worshippers began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the enemy and they won the battle. God responded to praying and fasting and worship by hearing from heaven and literally fighting for his people!
Both of the above examples of Scripture involved people crying out to God and then trusting Him in the midst of oppressive cultural environments that were fueled by the devil. God responded with heavenly action, revelation, and powerful victory. That gives me faith that God wants to do it again. Faith in Jesus and fighting His way are key.
Jesus Went to War when He Fasted
The Spirit of God drove Jesus into the wilderness to fast for 40 days, before Jesus' public ministry began. Jesus came out after the 40 days in the power of the Spirit (see Luke 4). What happened during those 40 days? As a man, Jesus embraced God's method of war: Fasting.
Jesus was baptized prior to the wilderness and the Father declared over Him, "You are my beloved Son; in You I am well pleased" (Luke 3:22). The identity of sonship is foundational to withstanding the devil's attacks. I believe the Spirit of God was looking forward with anticipation to the Son of Man going into the wilderness to fast and confront the devil. Jesus was secure in His identity as God's beloved Son. Jesus went to war (fasted) confident in the Father's delight in Him.
Fasting does not earn us anything from God. It’s not a deal or trade or agreement. We don't get more of God's attention when we fast. Fasting simply positions our hearts to be aligned with God’s so that our eyes focus on Jesus and our faith increases as we humble ourselves in weakness. Fasting is for us. We need His grace to fast!
We invite the Holy Spirit to search our hearts and reveal any offensive way in us of which we need to confess and repent. He loves to gently lead us into deeper relationship with the God-man Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit loves to help people be holy. He fights for us. During the fast, we’ll be tired and hungry. Keep your heart engaged! God will move when He chooses to, expect Him to move in your life.
I want to pray and fast in faith, believing that our heavenly Father will respond by increasing angelic activity in our homes, schools, and churches. Our young people need help from heaven. We must teach them and model for them how to access it for our struggle is not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:10-18). The blood of Christ allows us to enter the throne room of the Living God in freedom, confidence, and boldness.
We need to execute this unknown strategy of war and expect more angelic activity. Get ready for God to answer in His goodness and your children to come to you with some stories of encountering the Living God!
Check out https://www.ihopkc.org/about/fasting-guidelines-and-information/ to learn more about fasting.
Join me in a 21-Day fast starting November 7th.
Let’s awaken to action and shift history!