Recently I’ve started to worry. I’m worried because the Holy Spirit has made me realize something that He has let me get away with for a long time. I have a sneaking suspicion that those days are in the past.
This thing I’ve been doing is selective reading during my Bible time. This occurs when I read the words, “prayer and fasting.” In my mind an edit process goes on so that it becomes, “prayer and even more prayer.”
People in the Bible fasted a lot. Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness. Cornelius fasted for 4 days before becoming the first Christian Gentile. I clearly remembered that Jesus spoke about how we only needed to have faith the size of a tiny mustard seed to move mountains. However, imagine my surprise then the Holy Spirit caught me ignoring the very next verse!
So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting." Matthew 17:20 - 21 (NKJV)
I believe that fasting may not always be about missing food. Recently my husband felt he was called to fast candy for a month. It was not just any month either, but the month of December when tempting Christmas candy lurks on every flat surface. My chocoholic husband felt that each time he wanted candy, he should pray for a specific prayer request instead. It was a great exercise in obedience.
Ask God to show you if there is a fast He wants from you. Perhaps you will fast one hour of television a night and devote that time to family time or Bible study. Better still, devote that hour to a family Bible study. You’ll grow in the Lord and grow closer together at the same time. God delights in double blessings like that.
I have decided to be open to fasting by the Lord’s leading. When I really think about it, being fearful of missing a few meals is silly. If the Lord calls me to a fast, then He will provide the strength I need to get through it. I already gave Him my heart and soul, so shouldn’t I also be able to trust Him with my stomach as well? I’m going to say “Yes” to God. However, I must admit I feel a bit like Indiana Jones when he took the first step onto the invisible bridge. But that’s just part of what makes being a Christian such a wild ride, right?
Posted on Wed, April 20, 2011
by Shawnna Casazza filed under