Rev. Larry Rice is a preacher and bible teacher whose vision has long been to connect the faith of the average church goer to the real needs of people in crippling financial situations. He has long maintained that to believe that all men and women are made in the image of God but to leave them caught in an unjust system that rewards the greedy should be unconscionable.
Part of the Topical Studies series, preached at a Friday Afternoon service.
Now is the time for us to accept the fast that our Great Physician, the Lord, desires for us. If we are really hungry for God, and desire Him above all, the fast He directs us to be a part of in Isaiah 58 will truly fill us for beyond anything the world has to offer; True fasting is not a personal religious trip. It is a personal confrontation with a consumer-driven culture that puts our needs above those of others. Fasting is more than just going without food. It is the willingness to deny the continuous feeding of the artificially inflamed appetites that drive us and try to define our purpose for living.
6 “Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of wickedness,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke? (ESV)
37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (ESV)
9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you take away the yoke from your midst,
the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, (ESV)