Prayer and Fasting

Feb. 17, 2021

Scripture Readings

But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast. –Mark 2:20.

As our bridegroom, Jesus, has been taken; we are in the days of present history to fast.

Spirit led and empowered abstaining from nourishment or fasting, combined with Spirit led prayer to seek the intervention of our LORD, is a discipline of faith practiced throughout the Bible.

In 1993, while living in rural northeastern Alberta, my husband, Bruce, applied for a transfer to a city in central Alberta. On a Friday, he was told that the job had been offered to another candidate. Upon hearing this, I was led into fasting prayer. The Holy Spirit kept ministering to me from Revelation 3:8, ”See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.” At work on Monday, Bruce was informed that the individual who was offered the job turned it down and it was given to him! Spirit led fasting prayer of the Word was honoured by God!

In the mid 2000’s, our only daughter, went on a Christian internet dating site where she met with one of deception and criminality. She ended up in another country, south of Canada. Not knowing whether she and her infant son would be held there against her will, I went into desperate repeated fasting prayer of the Word of Isaiah 43:5-7: v5-Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children…v6- I will say…to the south, “Do not hold them back.’ Praise the LORD on July 1, 2010, he brought them safely back to Canada!

In these unprecedented days of the Covid-19 Pandemic, unemployment, insurrection in a democracy, and movement to a one world governance, we do well to seek the LORD in fasting and prayer. While doing so, let us not forget Isaiah 61: 6-7: v6-“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 

Judy Mary Llewellyn

Foothills family and friend