An empty stomach may be the most powerful prayer posture in Scripture. It’s even more powerful than kneeling! It shows God that we mean business. And when we fast, God makes our business His business! (pg 154 Draw the Circle)
Ah, here we are back on the topic of fasting…
Does anybody feel like you MEAN BUSINESS? Are you desperate for God to move in every inch of who you are, in every aspect of your family, your job, your relationships? Have you prayed and prayed and still feel like you need a breakthrough?
Have you given up anything in order to receive that breakthrough and more of God?
I will admit, I’ve been struggling with this fasting thing. Especially when it comes to fasting food. I really, really like food. I have thought about fasting several times over the past few weeks, then I get hungry. And so I eat. It’s terrible, actually. Then there was the one day at work this week where I got busy and lunch time passed. I really did ask Brian and Marilyn if I could just consider that my fasting since I didn’t eat lunch!! Ya’ll know you’ve thought about that before!! (Don’t worry…I didn’t REALLY think that counted as fasting…)
One could say that my willpower is severely lacking. And one would be correct.
I can’t even stop drinking soft drinks for goodness sake!!!
Let’s face it: some mornings I struggle just to stay awake and pray at 6am. I feel just like the poor disciples that couldn’t keep watch for an hour and pray with Jesus in the garden:
Then Jesus gets to the heart of the matter: “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Truer words were never spoken. Most people have a willing spirit. It’s the weak flesh that gets in the way. The problem isn’t desire; the problem is power and, more specifically, willpower. (pg 152 Draw the Circle)
Well, amen to that!
Prime example of the flesh against our spirit: how many of you joined in on the challenge from yesterday to try and pray all day? How did it go?
Y’all. I kept forgetting about it. I got so flustered. I would be riding down the road and then I’d think about the person I just met, or the email I just answered..and oh, man, I forgot to pray!! So I spent all day doing make up prayers, ha.
However: how much more did I think about and pray for those around me today than I ever have before? TONS!
That’s progress! That’s a success! Was it perfect? No. Is that ok? YES!
Today was like being the rookie. Of course I got flustered. This is a new perspective, new ballgame. And I’ve got another day tomorrow to start all over and try again!
And that I will do.
If you didn’t join in yesterday, give it a try today. There is no failure. Failure is to not try and think that this is for everyone else. Any movement at all towards God is success and brings you one step further than you were before.
Now, for this fasting thing: I could really use some encouragement from those of you that have been doing this or even those of you that have been thinking about it like me. What are your thoughts? What is God prompting you to do? Have you done it yet? Was it easier than you thought? What’s holding you back? How can we help and encourage one another?