Fasting Humbly Focuses Our Attention on God and His on Us 

 

When I was in college at UT Knoxville, I was dating a very nice Christian girl. She came from a wonderful family. Her dad and mom were key leaders in the church I attended near campus. Her father was a lot like Pastor Dan Patton at The Church Next Door. He was a great support to the pastor, did announcements, and would even preach and teach from time to time.

 

While I was dating her, I was studying and preparing for graduate school. I started fasting on Wednesday’s lunch as my way of seeking God’s direction. “Lord, help me be ready for life. God, I want you to speak to me.”

 

This is the kind of spirit we are to approach God with when we fast. “God give me your attention. God help me humbly bow my life before you, that I might hear Your voice.”

 

Isaiah 58:9 (NIV) Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

 

IF YOU WANT GOD”S ATTENTION FAST. That is what happened for me as a college student. For me it was not a voice. I had no bad dreams. I just felt deep inside me an awareness that this wonderful young lady was not for me. I knew God had other plans for her and other plans for me. I went to meet her and said, “I think we need to just be friends.” It was a good experience. I was able to stay in church, and work with her on campus with the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. I was not expecting that after breaking up, but I can say today, that choice was a blessing from God. When you fast and pray without an agenda, but to welcome God’s leading, you can find God’s best. Too often we pray, “God bless the mess I have created.” Whereas when you fast, instead pray, “God what is your best for my life? I will follow you straight into that plan.”

 

PRAY: “Lord, as I abstain from food I want You to fill every void in my life. I humble myself, forgive me for wanting my way. If there is something you want for me, lead me to that which pleases You. I want my life to come into Your purposes. God help me to hear Your voice. Let You be honored in my life Jesus, Amen.”