Greg and I wanted to start out 2012 fasting and praying God’s perfect will in our lives. The Bible shows us clearly that some things come to us only by prayer and fasting. Jesus fasted for 40 days before he began his public ministry. Daniel fasted while seeking a breakthrough for the people of Israel.
Before we began, we wrote down and prayed about some specific breakthroughs that we want God to give us: namely financial support for Lift Church and selling our house. As Greg and I embark on the most critical season of our lives-moving across the world and starting a church, we are desperately seeking God.
As I write this morning, I am on day 10 of our 21 day Daniel fast. God has clearly shifted my perspective. Instead of praying for breakthroughs for myself in the aforementioned areas, the phrase “break ME through to YOU” keeps coming up in my spirit. Rather than a breakthrough for me, what God wants is
ME to break through to Him.
If we rid all the distractions and seek Him like never before, He meets all our needs. At the end of the day, our needs are not physical. That’s the miracle of fasting. God is all we need. Cliche? Yes. True? Absolutely. At no time in my life have I realized how much my true needs depend on His presence. In order to feel fulfilled physically, mentally, and spiritually, we have to break through our normal routines and distractions. James 4:8 promises that when we draw near to God, He will draw near to us.
Amazingly, God has shown me that the things I wrote down as my desired breakthroughs during this fast are all rooted in fear, doubt and worry. My “desperate” need for God to “come through” FOR ME so that we are taken care of both financially and physically totally shifted a few days into this fast. Instead, my “desperate” need became to be free from fear, doubt and worry. I didn’t even realize I was worried!
My plea each and everyday is that God’s grace will be sufficient for me (2 Cor 12:9). God’s strength is made known to us when we are weak. I’ve never been more weak physically than I am right now. (What I wouldn’t give for a greasy cheeseburger!) But that’s just the point.
We carve away at our carnal desires by getting rid of anything that fills us up besides God. It can be shopping, television, or any number of things that take our time. Once we move those out, we are left with a
reflection of ourselves
that is raw and tender. Like an open wound or the inside of a piece of fruit that is peeled apart, we are soft and pliable for the Lord. When we delight in the Lord, the promise that He will give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4) takes on its true meaning. Those true desires are in alignment with God’s like never before when we fast.
Matthew 6:33 says that if we seek first God’s kingdom “all these things will be added unto us.” What things? The sale of my house? Perhaps. Finances to move and plant a church? Hopefully. Peace? Certainly. Revelation? Absolutely.
I am more thankful than ever for God’s absolute and infinite provision in my life. He truly can meet every need. When we empty ourselves for His glory, He is able to fill us up like never before. When we sacrifice the most basic of our desires (food), He overcompensates with His sweet presence. It’s better than any piece of chocolate I have eaten.
If you are a Christian and have never fasted, I encourage you to try it. Awakening is a movement of churches and individuals who will fast corporately beginning in a few days. You can even watch podcasts each day for 21 days. Jentezen Franklin also has some great fasting resources available. As 2012 starts off , seek God and
break through to Him like never before!