2 Corinthians 4:16-
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.
Believe it or not you are halfway there! Yeah! Good for you. I wish I could tell you it’s all downhill from here. Don’t give up. Hopefully by now you are already beginning to feel God’s nearness. The truth is God is always near. It’s we who don’t always recognize it.
That’s really the whole point of fasting. Fasting is an act of worship. As we fast we are disciplining our bodies and allowing ourselves to become more sensitive to His presence. When I first began fasting, I thought it somehow bribed God into answering my prayers. Like it was some sort of cat-nip for Christ. He couldn’t resist watching me suffer and rushed in to spoil me.
Well… that’s not quite right.
The truth is living in a world dominated by sin has its downsides. One of them is we get so accustomed to it we lose our sharpness as it relates to sensing the presence and voice of God. Fasting brings us out of our normal routine for a while in order to re-itemize our priorities so we can regain our closeness with God. Have you ever been around a couple who were experiencing martial issues? Especially if it had stemmed from lack of communication the antidote usually is a trip away from everyone else so they can spend time with each other and reestablish their relationship. I know of at least one getaway place that’s only for couples in trouble. There’s no phones, tv’s, radios, computers, etc. etc. etc. It’s just them and the medicine bottle reads, “Talk to each other.” That’s what you are doing. You’re taking time away to reestablish your relationship and reconnect with God.
So, fasting doesn’t change or coheres God into anything. It changes us and reconnects us back to Him.
- If you’ve lost it over the past 10 days, regain your focus to ‘come out’ from everything else and spend time with God.