Day 8: Waiting on God
Fasting is telling God that you want to be with Him more than you want to spend time with other people. It is a time to focus all of your attention on Him alone. Fasting is feeding your spirit by neglecting your flesh.
Jesus was led by the Spirit to fast and pray in that desert before He preached one sermon, healed one cripple, freed one captive, or called one disciple. At the end of forty long days and nights in the desert, Satan tested Jesus in three specific areas intended to get Jesus to compromise the path to our redemption.
Sometimes God makes a promise, but the fulfillment of the promise requires a process. We want the promise to become reality, but we do not want to go through God’s process to get us there. Jesus went through a process of fasting forty days to prepare Him for ministry; fasting paved the way for God’s promise to be fulfilled through the cross. I’m thankful every day that Jesus didn’t take the shortcut.
Is your lifestyle so busy that you can’t find time to stop and listen to God? Are you too busy to read God’s Word? Do you feel guilty that you make so little time for Him? “You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).
Jesus was often surrounded by crowds of people, but frequently He would pull Himself away from the busyness of the day and withdraw to be alone with God to pray. He needed to stay tapped into the Source of all things, and so do we.
We’ve misunderstood the scriptures, commanding us to wait upon the Lord. Jesus was waiting on God for forty days and nights as He was fasting in the wilderness. How often do we wait for a doctor, wait for a hair stylist, or wait for a phone call? Are we willing to “pay the price” for hearing from God by changing our priorities from favorite TV programs and social media networks to being alone with God in prayer, and reading His Word as we fast from physical food?
As you fast, pray and walk through wilderness experiences, you will become qualified to handle what God has for you in the future. Fasting prepares you for what is yet to come!January 13, 2013 | Permalink