Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. ~ Matthew 5:6 (NKJV)
Today is Day 11 of our “40 Days of Prayer and Fasting” at my church. Today, I am moving in a place of clarity of mind and refreshing of spirit. It is a phenomenal experience. With humility and grace, I am participating in a partial fast. Since, fasting usually involves making adjustments to one’s diet and nutritional intake. . . it is wise to respect one’s health conditions and medical needs—it is possible to fast in other areas beside giving up food.
Our senior pastor, said that, “As we draw closer to God, His presence and power should be clear”. God’s mercy seems a little clearer today. I took comfort in knowing that my joy is not based on my circumstances, but on my relationship with Jesus Christ. Our senior pastor also reminded us that, “The Apostle Paul affirmed that the authenticity of his ministry was based, not on his powerful speaking ability, but on God confirming his ministry by signs and wonders” (1 Corinthians 2:4). Can you imagine having a ministry that is confirmed by signs and wonders? WHAT AN AMAZING THOUGHT! There is power in fasting and praying!
Fasting is basically giving up food or something else for a period of time to focus your thoughts on God. When fasting, it is a good idea to read your Bible, pray, and worship. Scripture tells us about the regular fast (Matthew 4:2–3; Luke 4:2), partial fast (Daniel 10:3), absolute fast (Ezra 10:6; Esther 4:16; Acts 9:9), and the supernatural fast (Deuteronomy 9:9). For fasting is almost always coupled with prayer to help us. . . hear from God, reveal our hidden sin, strengthen intimacy with God, teach us to pray with right motives, and build our faith.
So, during Lent, the observance lasting 40 days starting on Ash Wednesday and ending just before Easter Sunday… let us remember that the purpose of Lent is to focus on Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and the miracle of His Resurrection. When I think about Jesus’ love for me—for my family and friends—for the whole world. . . my minuscule act of fasting seems so small. . . Yet, it is so significant to me in my spiritual journey to grow in grace, favor, and fellowship with the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Giving up a few tasty meals, thus far, have allowed sweet-sweet spiritual nourishment to manifest more of a presence in my life today—for that I am grateful—thank you Jesus.
God bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.