How Can Fasting Save My Marriage?
Why do we fast for our loved ones? What is it about fasting that’ll move heaven and earth and get God’s attention? Fasting is the number one practice to humble ourselves before the Lord. When Jesus spoke about fasting, he said, “when you fast,” not if.
Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you; they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Fasting shows God we are humble and desperate for his help. We can’t do it, Lord; we need you!
Isaiah 58:5 Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself? Is it to bow down his head like a reed, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the Lord?
The bible says that God will resist the proud but give grace to the humble. Because fasting shows the Lord we are humble, it allows his grace to come over our lives. The Hebrew definition for grace is favor. Therefore, fasting brings the favor of God!
James 4:6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
The Miracle Of Fasting And Esther
Many times in biblical history, we find the Jewish nation fasting to bring miracles and God’s help to their needs. The story of Esther is just one example. The king had planned on killing the Jewish people, and when Esther heard the news, she called for a three-day fast with no water nor food.
Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: “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!”
Going before the king in those days was punishable by death. Easter knew this and wanted God to bring his favor to her as she approached the king.
On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance. When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter.
If Easter and her people didn’t fast and pray, it could have met her death! Instead, God gave his favor to Easter, and as a result, the king gave favor to Esther as well. What was it that kept her from being killed? I believe it was fasting and praying. If we look at Isaiah 58, the answer can be found as to what fasting will do for us.
What Does The Bible Say About Fasting?
Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke?
Letting the oppressed go free? Yes, your loved one is being oppressed by evil forces. They are in bonds of wickedness. So, let us loose those bonds of wickedness so that the oppressed (Your spouse) can be set free. Please keep in mind, just because you can’t see the miracles taking place doesn’t mean God is not working. Fasting doesn’t mean that once you do it, they will be home in 24 hours. But, fasting will start to break those strongholds and allow God’s kingdom to advance.
Fasting Calls On The Powers Of Heaven
In those days, I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.
Daniel had started his 21 days fast, and the bible says that the moment he did this, the angel made his way from heaven to earth to reach him.
Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.”
So, we can see that the moment Daniel fasted and started to pray, the angel was sent to help him. However, he was opposed by a fallen angel who was ruling over Persia at that time. The angel couldn’t help Daniel, but because he kept fasting and praying, heaven kept working! Michael was sent as a backup and helped overcome the stronghold keeping the angel from making it to Daniel.
This is a beautiful example of how fasting and praying for your prodigal will allow heaven to move forward and break strongholds. How was the stronghold removed? An angel did battle against it and was sent from heaven to fight! When we pray and fast, I believe God will also take care of the strongholds holding our loved ones in bondage. Please keep in mind; not everything is demonic. Some things come from our carnal nature.
Carnal Nature And Demonic Strongholds
When it comes to the inner man or sinner, we need to repent. God is also working on repentance for our spouse. It won’t happen in one day! This is why God says he is long-suffering. Maybe he has to send someone to their place of work to speak to them, which may take months. Perhaps they will need some hard times to come before they can repent. God’s timing is perfect.
Two things are working against our spouse.
The carnal mind (Our sinful nature)
God is working on both of those things now. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean he’s not working. It’s biblical that he will work on it, and if you question that, you question God’s very word.
The bible says that Godly grief produces repentance. What is Godly sorrow? It’s when God brings the fire to our bottoms until we can no longer withstand the heat and fall to our knees.
2 Corinthians 7:10
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
Gods Timing Is Always Perfect
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
He loves your spouse, and his promise to those he loves is that he will reprove and discipline them. I don’t care what you see with your eyes nor what you hear with your ears. YOUR SPOUSE IS NOT HAPPY AS THEY SEEM!!! But, God’s word says he will discipline them. So, he is going to do just that.
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.
Now, fasting and praying are what we can do to break those strongholds and allow God to break through. I would also ask you to pray that God will show kindness to your loved ones. The bible says it’s his kindness that will lead to repentance.
Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
Let us continue to fast and pray.
You can do a Daniel fast 21 days veggies only or fast three days without food. Let us break the yokes of bondage and set the captives free. Let us fast and pray for our loved ones today! This group will coach you, guide you, and give you the support you need for your victory! So, How Can Fasting Save My Marriage? It unlocks supernatural power into your life and your spouse’s life. It shows God you are desperate for a miracle and moves heaven into battle.
Please keep fighting for your marriage restoration!
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