Abraham Lincoln is known for making the statement, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” When life becomes dull and boring, and when adventure is something you only see in a movie, the problem isn’t your life … the problem is you. You have become dull and stopped taking risks.
Fasting sharpens the ax by enhancing your focus and dependency on God. It forces you out of the boat and onto the dangerous waves. Fasting and praying show you the life you have been missing because of the relationship you have been neglecting. Lincoln was an experienced and skilled woodsman who knew the value of a sharp ax. Draw near to the Lord through fasting and prayer, and you will soon see yourself sharpening in ways you may have forgotten were possible.
I’ve grown weary of my normal church routine. Will fasting change the way I feel about my church experience?
Absolutely. Fasting allows you to die to your flesh in order to fulfill the greater things God has in store for you – including your impact on the Body of Christ. If you’ve grown tired of your normal church routine, you should look inward and ask yourself a few questions. Have I stopped drawing near to God? Reading my bible? Making time for devotion with the Lord? Tithing and giving?
Remember what the Word says in Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”