Rebuild. Repair. Restore.

Rebuild. Repair. Restore.

by Angela Gonzalez

 

“And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.”

Isaiah 58:12

Isaiah 58 is a perfect template of the kind of fasting God desires and honors.  The chapter talks about the hypocrisy of some who fasted and yet continued to act maliciously.  The true kind of fasting, like many of God’s promises, carries an “if and then” clause.  Verse 10 says, “…if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day.” Verses 13 and 14 says,  If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”  And right in verse 12 is another “then” clause, And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.”  True fasting, the kind that pleases God, has the power to rebuild ancient ruins.  It can change things that would seem dead and lifeless.  It also has the power to repair broken walls.  The KJV says that this person will be the “Repairer of the breach.”  This person will be able to wall off or build up a wall in a place that was once unprotected, left vulnerable to the enemy.  This person will also raise up the foundations of many generations and repair the gaps that have existed between them.  Prayer and fasting can change the seemingly impossible situations that have historically always ended up in failure into a beautiful repaired place.

 

The person who choses to fast the way God has chosen will also be called the restorer of the paths to dwell in.  This person can be the one who turns the face of a generation away from evil and towards the Lord in repentance.  A restorer of the path is one who sees things the way God sees them and works to restore a person or a situation back to the way that God intended that person or situation to be.

 

When I fast, I do not want it to be from my own motives or agenda.  Isaiah 58 shows us that true fasting has an agenda all its own.  God promises us in this chapter that through our fasting, things can really change.  Old desolate, dry places can really be rebuilt.  The broken shattered pieces of our lives and the lives around us can really be repaired.  The path of righteousness in the life of a believer and those around them can be restored, IF, yes, IF, we will fast the way God has chosen for us to fast.  If we humble ourselves before Him, if we meditate on these scriptures and literally pray them over whatever situation we’re dealing with, true change can come.  What is the fast that God has chosen?  It is not one of just self-denial, it is one of taking up the cause of Christ and putting down our own causes.  It is doing and walking in mercy and truth, not just talking about it.  Finally, fasting does not change God’s mind, but it does change our hearts.

 

Focused prayer

  • Repent of any motive or personal agenda while fasting. Ask the Lord to show you where you need to repent and what you need to repent of.
  • Pray this scripture: “Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear your name.” Psalm 86:11
  • Pray this scripture:

“Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward.

Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;

10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:

11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”  Isaiah 58:5-14

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