Fast for Spiritual Fortification, the Oppressed, Justice, and Family

The purveyor of the word on this morning’s Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l prayer line espoused the importance of fasting to participants in a passionate effort to help them understand, even appreciate the essence of fasting in the lives of Christians. “Fasting feeds the spirit to become immune to attacks of the devil,” said the speaker, Mr. Cedric Kamwa.

Grounding his delivery in Isaiah 58, Brother Cedric emphasized the obvious that fasting is a voluntary deprivation of food and drink for religious purposes with some of its benefits being seeking a deeper fellowship with God through the reading of the Bible and meditation, as well as spiritual growth, affirmation of spiritual renewal, and an investment in one’s own life. “Fasting is designed to cleanse your mind and open yourself up to God. For, God is the ultimate provider. No matter how heavy and burdensome your problem is, leave it in his hands because he is the ultimate provider,” he said.

Brother Cedric stated that the flesh (the body) is the source of humanity’s weakness, and that is what the devil targets in his attempts to defile us and goad us into sinning. When one fasts, consequently, one weakens the body and fortifies the soul to be in a position to resist the devil in his notorious attempts to digress the people of God away from the creator. “Our weakness is the desire of the flesh. The flesh is for pleasure, so fasting is designed to weaken the flesh and strengthen the spirit. The flesh prevents spiritual growth and maturity, but fasting disciplines and humbles the flesh,” assured Mr. Kamwa.

The speaker noted that the need for survival in the world prevents Christians from claiming their proper places as princes, princesses, kings and queens of this world as proclaimed by God in Genesis. “Getting an education and getting a job, marriage, and friendship seem to be our focus, but God should be our priority. We have limitations, but God is an all-conquering Supernatural Force who can make all things possible. By fasting, you also strengthen your inner spirit. Being a Christian is a way of life that delineates how we react to others and to ourselves. Fasting pushes away temptations and distractions by the things of the flesh.”

Brother Cedric stated the personal and private nature of fasting and accentuated the need for Christians not to send out triggers when they are fasting, as Christ has directed in Matthew 6. “Keep a happy face when you are fasting. Your outward expression shouldn’t betray the fact that you are fasting. You know your issues, distractions, and temptations. Fasting should help you avoid sinful ways,” said Mr. Kamwa.

At a time when many young people are adversely reacting to President-elect, Donald Trump’s vituperative and sardonic rhetoric during the presidential campaign, the speaker called for the need to fast for justice to reign supreme and for oppression to be defeated because probably, without the protests, the negative and asinine rhetoric witnessed during this year’s campaign would become the new reality for future Republican presidential candidates.

In a corollary, Pastor Jean Paul Ntap added that fasting comes in a variety of forms, including individual fasting and collective fasting by groups. “You don’t fast only when you have problems to be overcome. Sometimes, you also fast when you want to have communion with God for him to reveal miracles to you through your humility.  True fasting is reading the word of God and communicating with him through prayers,” said the man of God.

Pastor Ntap mentioned that Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights to enable him to overcome the evil intentions and machinations of the devil, and before Moses was given the Ten Commandments, he also had to fast. “If they fasted to attune themselves with God, how much more us? the pastor queried. “We need to spend time with God through fasting for him to reveal his miracles to us, even as we also pray for him to turn impossible situations in our lives to stark possibilities.”

Don’t forget to join the prayer line tomorrow morning at the same. For first time readers, the time is from 5 to 6 a.m. Dial 1-302-202-1108 with access code 165038. Sunday, November 20 will mark the celebration of the efforts of the pastors of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l to win more souls for Christ, and on Thanksgiving eve, November 23, the Choir, under the auspices of Mr. Chapo will have a concert at the church from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Come and be part of the celebrations.

Samuel O. Doku

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About Dr. Sam Doku
Dr. Samuel O. Doku is a professor and a writer. He earned his Ph.D. in English with concentration in African American Literature from Howard University. He is a W.E.B. Du Bois scholar whose book is titled Cosmopolitanism in the Fictive Imagination of W.E.B. Du Bois: Toward the Realization of a Revolutionary Art. His articles have been published on Google Scholar, in the International Journal of English Language, Literature and Humanities, and College English Association Magazine (CEAMAG).