A fast can defeat you before you even begin. I wrestled with the idea of not having pasta and bread three nights a week, what it would feel like to not have my morning caffeine and all the other reasons I just couldn’t for months before I committed to it. God would prompt me, I would say, “Yes, LORD!” But then every time I would think about what I had to sacrifice or what “events” were going to “get in the way.” I would talk myself out of it. I just couldn’t do it.
My commitment to fast was strictly out of obedience. Jesus fasted. If Jesus did it, we are not above it. I also was in a place where the pain of my circumstances outweighed the fear of the sacrifice, or the change that would become of it.
BREAKTHROUGH CAN HAPPEN WHEN PAIN OUTWEIGHS FEAR
I needed something different and I needed more of Jesus because I was just too much. Even for myself to deal with. And when you can’t even deal with yourself, friend, you better do something drastic. I still stand with an abandoned heart needing Jesus to seep into certain areas of my life.
Do you need Jesus to seep?
Into your marriage?
Into your husband’s heart?
Into your child’s life, so they can be free from that addiction?
Into your bank account?
Into your daily self-doubts?
Into your health?
I implore you–do something drastic with me. Commit to fasting with me –and dozens of others–on
July 1, July 2 and July 3.
As you begin to prepare, here are some things that are true about fasting:
- You can always talk yourself out of a fast or doing anything that requires any level of self-discipline.
- Events, holidays, birthdays are always right there. You might have to forge through.
- You can’t think about what you have to sacrifice, you must focus on what you will gain
- You really can’t do it. If you can give that food up on your own, you need to consider sacrificing something more difficult.
- Fasting is about sacrificing FOOD.
- FASTING is a form of deep prayer. If you give up food and don’t pray you are simply starving yourself.
- Fasting is NOT a diet or a means to lose weight.
- Your dietary sacrifice can be anything that is challenging to you. You don’t have to go all out and not eat at all. (Especially if you haven’t been cleared by a doctor.)
- You must begin praying NOW about what your fasting commitment should be.
- You must be specific in what you are going to pray for.
Can you do it?
We don’t do anything alone.
We do life together.
Jesus commits to being there, to helping, to loving, to listening, to bringing freedom.
Let me know if you are IN by commenting. And then share this and challenge 3 friends to fast with us!
To our lives changing, because they will, my friend, they will.