To Fast Or Not To Fast…

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

As I fasted the other day, just after dinner time I hit the wall. For a second I pondered what good withholding food does anyway. I can talk to God all day. I can pray all day. What good is punishing my body?

Through prayer He brought me to realize that in a sense I was right. Withholding food makes no human sense. He brought me to give my fasting to Him. For, in my hands it counts for nothing. But through faith in His hands, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than I can ask or think. What a wonderful faith-boosting promise from today’s verse!

Later while reading more of His word, He spoke through a verse.
John 6:29 Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”
This verse echoed to my heart the revelation He gave me in prayer. It is not my hard work and striving in the flesh that gets things done. It’s Him.

Every time I fast, it reminds me Jesus is the Bread that sustains us. He is the living water bubbling up from His Spirit who indwells us. When fasting, we realize how quickly our body feels drained and beaten from lack of food. This demonstrates how our soul gets when we forget to seek Him throughout our days. We become spiritually parched, in danger of fainting.

Another verse caught my attention;
John 4:34. “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
Ah, the good news of the gospel. His plan to restore broken relationship between people and God, by Jesus taking away the sins of the world. He’s always working, saving souls and shining His light on the world. His love supplies the deep burden in our hearts for the lost.

He loves working through us! The story of Jesus feeding the five thousand with the small boy’s lunch is a great example (John 6:1-15). He could have made quail and manna fall from the sky like He did in Moses’ day. Instead, it pleased Him to chose to use the generous offering of a boy.

Anything offered to Our Lord in faith does not go to waste. He is able to astound us in ways unfathomable.

What will you offer unto the Lord this week?

Dear Father, unite Your children in prayer and fasting, seeking Your will. You do the heavy lifting as we head to war on our knees. Lord, we ask for more workers in the harvest. Build up Your church. Show us where you’re moving, and use us, as this greatly pleases You! ~Amen

When food becomes a distraction, see Building a House on Chocolate.

Reference Verses:
Matthew 9:37-38, Luke 10:2
John 15:14-15
Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4