Isaiah 58 is a passage that David Wilkerson calls ‘the key to continuing revival.’
‘Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness . . .’
I am not suggesting that fasting is unimportant, but God says there’s a lot more to fasting than just abstaining from food:
‘Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh?’ (Isaiah 58:6–7)
Then comes this wonderful promise:
‘Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’’ (Isaiah 58:7b–9)
Here is a guarantee of answered prayer. But it is on the condition that you care for the people who are in need.
When people were convinced by the preaching of John the Baptist, they asked him:
‘What shall we do then?’ He answered and said to them, ‘He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.’ (Luke 3:10–11)
Not complicated, not theology—just be concerned about the people who need you. I really believe this message is the key to releasing revival in Britain. You’ve got thousands of wonderful Christians who just sit in church chairs and sing hymns. What about the people who really need you? If you were told today to invite the poor, the maimed, the lame and the blind, you wouldn’t know who to invite. But they are the people who need you.
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Fasting is a key to successful Christian living. It is found throughout the Bible, yet it has been largely set aside by the church. Discover how to release the power of prayer and fasting.