The theme of this year's Daniel Fast, September 8-29, was drawn from Isaiah chapter 54, with a special emphasis on verse 2: "Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes."
We understood that God wanted to enlarge His work and expand our sphere of influence.
This passage from the Bible was written by Isaiah about 700 years before Christ. But it speaks prophetically of a time when God would bring Israel out of a time of barrenness and mourning. Most historians think that this happened during the repatriation of Jews to Israel out of Babylon in the days of Nehemiah and Ezra, almost three centuries after Isaiah wrote these words! Chapter 54 makes a lot of reference to times of struggle, disappointment and warfare. But it is also filled with great promises of victory, prosperity and hope for the future.
During our fast, the weekly prayer meetings that brought together the members of our local church were marked by the action of the Holy Spirit in these areas, as well as a stand against the dark powers that oppose the enlargement of the people of God, including the spirit of Jezebel and witchcraft.
Why call the whole church to fast together? The idea of fasting with a large group of people is beneficial in many ways. First, it provides greater accountability. Second, everyone can experience a sense of belonging and advancement as part of a team. Thirdly and most importantly, there is a greater response from heaven whenever many people pray for something at the same time in unity.
Jesus said that where two or more would agree in prayer, their requests would be granted by His Father who is in heaven (Matt 18:19). The Daniel Fast will no doubt be on the calendar for us again in September of 2020!