Fasting Will Lift Your Burdens to God’s Power and Authority
I spent my Junior year of college living in Jerusalem from August to May of that year. In January, my parents came to visit. My brothers, Allen and Phillip, were there with me as well after spending fall semester at the Hebrew University in school. For the first time in our lives, all five of us were in Israel. We had a great time together.
A few weeks after they had all departed for home, I called my mom to chat and she told me her dad was in the hospital. He had a heart issue and we were unsure if he would make it through. I was heartbroken. I loved my grandpa. I was left wondering if I too should come home. My mom told me I could come home or stay. The decision was mine. I took some time to fast and pray. I remember going to the roof of the building and sitting on the wall praying and crying. I poured my heart out to God.
The Bible tells us this is how Nehemiah prayed for Jerusalem.
Nehemiah 1:4-6 (NIV) 4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 5 Then I said: “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel.
God opened the door for Nehemiah to come home to Jerusalem and rebuild the city. What is cool is in the book of Nehemiah they mention the Broad wall of Hezekiah day (Neh. 3:8). I Got to see that wall not long after it was discovered. The God that answered his prayers in fasting answered mine while I sat on a wall in Jerusalem some 2400 years after Nehemiah had arrived there.
As I sat on the wall in the sunshine praying, I told the Lord I would go home or I would stay. “God, You are in charge. I give my grandfather over to You. His life is in your hands. I trust Him to You. I want to see Him again but if that is in Heaven. That is fine.” As I released my Grandfather, a peace came over me. My grandpa lived for many years. He got to know my wife and both of our children when they were little. Your Heavenly Father lifts burdens. What do you need to share with Him while you fast today?
PRAY: “Lord I cast my care on You. I’m fasting because I trust Your power, authority and wisdom. My family, my marriage, my children and parents. God I put everything at your feet. I TRUST YOU!”