For the past 5 years, I have went on 3-Day Water fasts, like the book of the Esther. Truly, I'd like to say I fasted for a loved one, I fasted for the World, but truly it was for me.
I noticed in seasons of my life that I needed to fast because I was lukewarm towards God. I still would pray and do the acts, but no fire or love would be behind it.
Many times I didn't fast because I was just so in love with God, but because I felt like I was losing my faith.
Fasting has been my go-to when I've found myself at the end of my rope and overwhelmed with life.
Fasting has been my go-to when I've found myself needing to make a bold decision and needing courage to back it up.
Fasting has been my help when I've felt lost and abandoned.
Fasting after all these years is still my go to when I've felt like the Holy Spirit has departed. Over and over again I am led to fast.
Fasting is abstaining from food or certain types of food for a certain period of time. This isn't just about not eating, but it's what we do when we are not eating.
First, We Pray because our life depends on It!
Second, We Study the Word because we need food for our Spirit!
Third, We Cry Out for Help because We Need His Power!
Truly the power in fasting is when we decide to humble ourselves for God. In scripture we see many times when bad kings would call a corporate fast after receiving a bad word from a prophet.
The fast would cause the king and others to humble themselves before God and then God would remember their transgressions no more (1 King 20).
Also we experience the Power of God in fasting. When we are battling mentally, emotionally and spiritually a fast is what we should do. We see in scripture were some things only come out by prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21). This reveals that some of our battles is only overcome with praying and fasting.
Lastly, fasting is meant to be a practice to get us back on track with God. It is meant to help us from becoming Lukewarm. Fasting is the key to shifting our relationships with God.
Now, years later I still must fast, no matter how long I've walked with God.
I personally still find myself lukewarm.
I find myself full of me and not God.
I find myself lacking in faith.
I find myself focused too much on things of this world then heavenly things.
When I find myself depleted and lacking in faith, I run to God through Fasting and Praying.
I readjust my schedule, I remover extra curricular activities, I make room for God more in my life and get to work on rebuilding my relationship with God.
Don't be afraid to start over, God is Still in the Same Place!
Join me and others for the 3-Day Esther Fast here
"...Who knows if perhaps you were called for such a time as this?"