Well here we are…the start of a new year and also the start of our 21 days of prayer &. fasting. I woke up today extremely excited which is unusual for me to start our fast. (maybe I’m weird?) I normally look forward to this time, sometimes I don’t but generally I don’t ever remember being extremely excited about this time. I think for me I feel as though the God of Hope has already established fresh hope in my life, thoughts and emotions so that changes things.
What I generally find is that starting things is sometimes very hard, especially if you’ve never done that thing before. That’s maybe what you’re feeling when thinking about fasting, but I want to encourage you to take that first step, because if you don’t start you’ll never experience what God wants to do in these times. Yesterday I shared from 2 Peter and feel as if the Lord is calling us to grab firmly ahold of the idea of “make every effort” spoken of in verse 5. That doesn’t mean try harder. Striving and trying is not how you or I are going to grow in our knowledge of God, but rather…make every effort to surrender. Surrender our time to fast and pray. Surrender our comforts to experience His power at work within us. Surrender your fear, your doubt, your questions and make this time a relational experience, because THAT is what it’s all about, Us growing in our relationship with God. When we do that, we experience His divine power at work in our lives.
So let me remind us with a passage from Zechariah 4:6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.
Nothing of any eternal consequence and nothing in the supernatural realm is accomplished because of our power but rather it is because of the divine power of God working through the Holy Spirit in our lives.
So, reframe how you’re thinking about this time of fasting and step into the joy of the process that God wants to release in you in this time. Oh yeah, watch as you also participate in His divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.