Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
There have been times in my life that I was facing important decisions and said to others and myself, “I wish God would just give me a sign in flashing neon lights!”
I also wish for that same sign when I’ve been seeking God’s direction for my life. There are many “good” things I could be doing, but I don’t want to get on the wrong path of “good” things. Satan is the great deceiver and is perfectly willing to lead us astray doing “good” things as long as they aren’t what God has uniquely purposed us for.I don’t know about you, but I want to be on the path of greatness that God laid out for me, and sometimes it all seems fuzzy, and I need clarity from the Father.
Can you relate? Have you ever been in a place where you needed a breakthrough–hearing clearly from our heavenly Father?
How about going on a fast? The Bible gives us clear direction about what to do when we need to seek God’s wisdom. We can find many examples in both the old and the new testaments where people fasted for a number of different reasons. They fasted to repent, when facing danger, in times of war, when in need of wisdom, in times of grief, for answered prayer, and to deny the flesh.
When I was a new Christian, I didn’t understand the concept of fasting and felt it was quite silly not to eat. You have to eat, right? I couldn’t have been more wrong. Fasting is an extraordinary weapon and source of power. (It’s important to note here that if you can’t fast from food for health purposes, there are many things you can fast from other than food. As long as the thing you are fasting from is sacrificial, God will honor your fast.)
In times of fasting, I have experienced closeness to the Father like no other time as I become super sensitive to his presence. When seeking God through a fast, it quiets the earthly noise and turns up the volume on God’s voice. It’s a beautiful time to seek him through prayer, worship, and His word.
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:21
The scripture above tells us that Jesus is our example to follow. In Matthew 4, Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days and nights setting an example for us to fast, as well. Following in Jesus’ footsteps is right where I want to be! Understand this means we will be tempted just as Jesus was tempted–even while we fast. Using such a powerful weapon threatens satan, and he will attack you spiritually—so stand strong in the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17) and keep marching on, Sister!
I wonder how many supernatural blessings we deny ourselves when we aren’t willing to seek God through fasting and prayer? Of course, God loves us and will bless us even if we do not fast, but He has so much more for us if we’re willing to deny ourselves earthly pleasures and prioritize knowing Him.
I pray you will habitually choose this tremendous source of power and blessing. Whether you need a breakthrough or you simply desire to be closer to God, remember that with the faith of a mustard seed, nothing shall be impossible to you. (Matthew 17:20)
Is it time for you to plan a period of fasting? If so, ask God to show you what it should look like and for how long. What other details do you need to think through?
I encourage you to learn more about fasting. There are a number of books on the subject that are very helpful. Jentezen Franklin wrote a great one called “Fasting: Open the door to a deeper, more intimate, more powerful relationship with God.”