This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Ezra 8:23 (NIV)
This morning I am thinking about the power of fasting. Until recently, this has never been a practice of mine. It’s always been something that I have watched others do.
On occasion, I may have fasted with a group of ladies during Lent. Although, in hindsight, my actions may have been more about me furthering my intimacy with the group rather than my relationship with God.
Recently, I’ve begun to fast, and here are (3) key takeaways from my experience:
First, fasting can help me to surrender my situation. All throughout the day, I find myself turning matters over to God.
Second, fasting becomes a pre-requisite to me taking any action. In general, I might know that I need to take an action, but I may be unclear as to the specifics. Fasting gives me greater clarity. Or, I may know exactly the action I need to take, but I may be afraid to take it. Fasting also calms and fortifies me.
Finally, I have learned to not just limit my forbearance to food and drink. I will fast from television and radio, or whatever is necessary to be in a deeper communion with God.
The Words that I use to inspire me are, “So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.” Ezra 8:23 (NIV)
Share this reflection, because others desire to be inspired.
So today, maybe fasting is the next step for you.