Day Nineteen - 21 Day Fast, January 27, 2017
Week 3 almost done fellow fasters! Does it seem like you have more strength to do what seems impossible when you do it with a group of believers? There is a synergy that happens…even in the spirit realm….when we join together and encourage one another in the fast! It doesn’t seem so hard when you have ones along side you!
The more I participate in these yearly fasts, and in our monthly 3 day fasts, the more strongly I come to believe that God wants us to live a fasting LIFESTYLE! Prayer and fasting are spiritual disciplines that anyone who desires to grow in the knowledge of God HAS to practice. It allows us to encounter the heart of God and discover the joy of His presence. When we make it a lifestyle, the thrill of encountering God will be the motive for doing the disciplines. We begin to start praying and fasting out of the pleasure of KNOWING Him, not out of duty or obligation.
I love Psalm 27:4 “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.” David used EXTREME words to describe his experiences with the Lord. He sang of the fullness of joy found in God’s presence and about the everlasting pleasure that are at His right hand. He wasn’t singing or seeking out of duty. No one had to convince him to pray. He didn’t wait for the Spirit to “MOVE” him before he went after God. Intimacy with the Lord was the joy of his life.
Put in a different light..through prayer and fasting we position our hearts for encounter. We deny ourselves of other things to focus on “one thing”…the very one thing David was focused on….the beauty of God. And the process can become pleasurable!
For example, fasting food can be really hard on our flesh, yet in God’s kingdom it’s one of the best ways of denying inferior pleasures to break into eternal. Fasting is a spiritual discipline that accelerates the process of receiving revelation from heaven. When we do it, and the more we do it, our hearts get tenderized and we see and hear God more clearly.
Ephesians 6:10 says “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!” Through fasting we offer our strength to receive God’s strength. We say “NO” to human strength to receive divine might. We deny ourselves, by the grace of God, of legitimate pleasures like eating, entertainment, etc. to pursue the Lord harder. Our focus on the Lord grows and we become mighty in spirit, mighty inside. Even though fasting weakens our flesh, our inner man grows stronger. It is this strength that enables us to patiently endure and resist temptation and evil every day.
By having lifestyles of prayer and fasting we position ourselves to receive an ongoing flow of divine strength. We NEED this strength in these last days. We MUST hear clearly from God and follow Him obediently and quickly. Fasting brings all this. I encourage you to continue on…review your commitments and stand strong in the last days of our fast. Much good is coming from it! Good that you will be able to call on when you need it most!
Hang in there!