Fasting Opens the Heavens to Deliver a Message to Your Door
I have asked God for wisdom while fasting over jobs, I have fasted for my childrenl, Grandma Godbey when she moved from the farm to a small apartment and when I needed to sell her house, and more. Honestly, Jennifer and I have fasted about every major and many minor parts of our lives together. We have even fasted when we were not sure what we were asking God to do. One year, we even fasted and prayed for our dog Boaz when he was sick. Within 24 hours he was miraculously better and our vet could not explain what had happened. Daniel fasted 21 days when God’s people were in a foreign land.
Daniel 10:2-4 (NIV) 2 At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. 3 I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over. 4 On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river, the Tigris, 5 I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist.
God’s response was to send a word from heaven. God’s messenger indicated that he start the journey on day one of prayer and fasting. Unfortunately, the Angel was resisted and had to fight a spiritual battle. I know today is day 21, but don’t stop if you are still seeking a victory. Don’t stop short. Also, don’t wait until next January to fast again or for me to invite you to fast. Be like Daniel, listen to your heart and community/family needs and fast and pray. That is what disciples of Jesus do.
PRAY: “Lord, don’t let me stop short of your best and victory. Continue to teach me about fasting. Invite me to fast whenever you want and I need to humble myself for your purposes. For Jesus to live in me. AMEN.”