Breaking the Chains of Wickedness and Unbelief
The Almighty God chose fasting as a method to break the chains of wickedness and unbelief. He desires to see faith, freedom, and forgiveness in His people. We want our children and community to be free of injustice, torment, and sickness. I believe it is possible and I expect to see people set free by the promises, grace, and mercy of Jesus Christ. To see freedom, healing, and deliverance is the 7th reason why we are praying and fasting for 21 days.
According to Isaiah 58, God ordained fasting to:
Loose the bonds of wickedness in our lives
Undo heavy burdens in the lives of others
Help the oppressed be set free as we minister to them by the Holy Spirit
Break every yoke of the religious spirit
Give bread to the hungry and provide the poor with housing
Allow the light of revelation of God’s Word to break forth in us like the morning
Allow our emotional and physical health to speedily spring forth
Cause righteousness to break forth in the places where we struggle
Cause the glory and power of the Lord to operate in our lives
The spiritual application of Isaiah 58 should make us all want this list of freedoms, healing, and glory. God is our Deliverer. Prayer and fasting in the Name of Jesus compels Satan to relinquish his grasp on the spirits, souls, and bodies of men and women. We need faith to begin to expect to see this happen.
Unbelief Has Perverted Us to Expect Nothing in Prayer
Too often we pray like the epileptic boy’s father in Mark 9, ‘Jesus, if you can do anything,’ and Jesus responds, “‘If you can?' Everything is possible for one who believes.” In Matthew 17 and Luke 9, the same encounter is recorded, except in those records Jesus declared to the people, “You unbelieving and perverse generation.” He called them out for not expecting powerful results when they prayed.
He called them perverse. Today the word perverse implies that something or someone is corrupt morally and demented deeply. The Greek word diastrepho used in Matthew 17 means a subtle deviance from the truth. Jesus was saying that they had a distorted and twisted perspective; they were perverse. Their issue was unbelief and today it is the same issue: Unbelief.
The demon that was tormenting the boy was not posing an unbeatable threat. The issue of unbelief in the hearts of those praying was due to a twisted perspective. The unbelief resulted in lack of expectation when they prayed. Bill Johnson wrote,
“There’s something amazing about unbelief - it is able to fulfill its own expectations. Unbelief is safe because it takes no risk and almost always gets what it expects. Then, after a person gets the answer for their unbelief, they can say, I told you so” (When Heaven Invades Earth, p. 51).
Unbelief plagues everyone because sin plagues everyone. Demons essentially have permission to stay in the presence of unbelief, which translates as powerlessness. Lou Engle stated,
“We excuse, defend and justify unbelief, labeling it wisdom, discernment and practicality. The result is powerlessness. Jesus calls this mindset perverse. Faith, not unbelief, is normal Christian life” (The Jesus Fast, p. 163).