This past weekend, my hubby challenged our church to participate in a fast. Why? To cast aside the distractions and desires of our lives and focus solely on God. To depend on His sustenance. To pursue Him more single-mindedly.
Many people have never practiced the discipline of fasting. At least not for spiritual reasons. Starving yourself to lose a few pounds doesn’t count. 😉 Yet, Jesus used these words: “When you fast….”, not “if you fast…” (Matthew 6:16).
So, I want to give you a challenge:
Fast for a day, a few days, or the entire week. Stretch your spiritual muscles. Practice a new level of flesh-denying, eye-opening, spirit-awakening faith. God never fails to reveal Himself to me in a new way when I fast. The lessons He shares with me sharpen me to be more useful to Him and to those around me. Check out this post about an earlier fast I experienced.
So over the next few days I won’t cook. I won’t scan the Crock Pot Girls page on Facebook. I will avoid food commercials and tantalizing aromas from the kitchen to combat the temptations I will endure.
Instead, I will spend more time reading God’s Word. I’ll pray for God to open my eyes and give me a receptive heart. I’ll intercede for the needs of others. I’ll write down what I hear God saying to me. And, I’ll stay a little closer to my Lord.
What about you? Will you join me? Do you need clarity on a big decision? Do you long for a closer walk with Jesus? Does someone in your life need you to spend extended time interceding for their needs? Take the challenge….and see what God will teach you!