Have you given much thought to fasting?
There are quite a few different kinds of fasting and the common thing in all of them is preparation. Maybe the most common one to the vast majority is the kind of fasting one does in preparation for that annual blood test. We fast for a certain amount of time in order to get certain things out of our system.
I’ve been thinking a lot about fasting lately. There are a few reasons for my thoughts but at the core is a desire to see the most important things in life be the most important things in life.
I read a little article in a small booklet lately entitled, “Fasting and Praying for Awakening.” (If you want to read it, go to seedbed.com and search for the article.) Dr. David Thomas wrote two things that have me deep in thought.
First, “The truth is, we are always in desperate need of God, though conditions or surroundings may buffer and conceal it. Fasting pierces that veil.” I know how easy it is to get wrapped up in all the different things that numb our senses to the reality of our condition. Some times we need a reset, a reboot, a defrag, a system overhaul. Unless we are intentional about taking these steps we are going to keep pushing our present reality off into the future. Someone once said that the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expecting different results.
Guys, your marriage is not going to encounter new life until you take steps to change the present reality. Our addictions will continue to drag us down until we take steps to change the present reality. Our children aren’t going to change their understanding of who we are until we begin to make them a priority … even over our jobs.
The second statement. “Fasting does not change God’s hearing as much as it changes our praying.” Let’s stop trying to get God to do what we want, when we want it, and how we want it. Let’s start pursuing what God wants, when God wants it, and how God wants it.
Some of us may not be too familiar with what God wants for us. We hide behind our flawed concepts of who God is because we think God is just like every Christian we have ever known. Christians have issues … just like everyone else. If we will make faith about God and less about humanity’s brokenness, maybe we will catch a glimpse of the way things were and are intended to be. You’ve got questions. I’ve got questions. Why don’t we work through these things together instead of heading behind the facades we create.
I’ve trying to figure out how to make fasting a more regular part of my life all because I have this growing desire to want the things of God more than the things this life tries to offer. What would it look like to give up one meal a week? During that meal, find a place to get alone. Turn the phone off, and try talking to the God who went out of the way to come close to you. It may seem awkward at first but keep at it. There isn’t one of us (be honest) who started out being great at what we are great at. You stuck with it because you were driven to excel.
Let’s strive to excel at the things that will outlast your last paycheck and even your last breath. Let’s be present … radically so.