True Fasting

Have you ever wondered what it means to fast? In Isaiah 58:6, the prophet offers us some valuable insight into the essence of true fasting.

“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?”

In other words, genuine fasting goes beyond abstaining from food or specific activities; it involves actively seeking justice, liberation, and freedom for others.

Seeking Justice and Liberation

Isaiah’s words remind us that fasting is not simply about personal sacrifice; it is a powerful act of compassion and social action.

When we fast, we align our hearts with God’s heart for justice and mercy. It’s not enough to refrain from food; we must also actively work to “loose the chains of injustice” and “set the oppressed free.” (Isaiah 61:1-3)

True fasting involves being a voice for the voiceless and using our influence to bring about positive change.

Breaking Every Yoke

Isaiah’s call to “break every yoke” highlights the transformative power of true fasting. A yoke represents any form of bondage or oppression that weighs people down.

Through fasting, we can actively participate in breaking these “spiritual” yokes and bringing freedom to those who are bound.

Our fasting should be a catalyst for transformation, both in the lives of others and in our own hearts.

As you reflect on Isaiah 58:6, remember that true fasting is not merely an individualistic practice but an opportunity to make a difference in the world.

May your fasting be characterized by active love and genuine concern for those who are oppressed. Be an agent of change, breaking every yoke and bringing freedom to those who need it most.