SERMON TOPIC: Fasting
Speaker: Ken Paynter
Date: 23 June 2011
Topic Groups: FASTING, PRAYER
Sermon synopsis: The physical & spiritual benefits of fasting.
Isa 58:3 ''Why have we fasted,' they say, 'and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?'
'Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. 4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high. 5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
and for lying on sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD?
6 '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? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter - when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. 9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.'