In 2 Chron. 20:3-4, Judah was about to be attacked by some bad dudes. King Jehoshaphat has been in battles before, but rather than relying on sheer experience and expertise, the Bible says “he resolved to inquire of the Lord and proclaimed a fast.”
Furthermore, it said that people came from every town to fast for the purpose of seeking God.
First and foremost, I want to say that there will be victory in store for those who seek Him. We see that so many times in Scripture. But to get to the mountain of victory, we’ll have to go through the valleys of war. That is why we need to come to Him to seek Him.
Second, the goal is to seek Him. While fasting gives a lot of other benefits (toxic cleansing, resting your colon after the holiday workout of eating all those food, etc.), the main purpose is to focus on Him.
Third, watch and be amazed. God is about to do something that will blow your mind away. He is good and He is God.
Mary Malinao shared an awesome message during our noon time prayer meeting.
She asks the question that if Jesus is the wisdom of God personified (1 Cor.1:23-24) , and if we have Christ in us (Col.1:27), then why don’t we see a lot of Christians having wisdom?
That’s an very good question to ask.
Proverbs 8:13 says, “To fear the Lord is to hate evil…”
She then asks us, do we hate what God hates. Is there a hatred for sin? Is there a passion to shun evil the way God shuns it?
We’ve become ‘desensitized’ to the things God hates. We laugh at jokes that we shouldn’t laugh at. We watch shows that glorify sex and fornication. We ‘tolerate’ things so as not to be called a ‘killjoy’. Sad but true.
I need to repent. Some you do too. In this season of prayer and fasting, Lord help us to be sensitive to the things you love and the stuff you want us to shun!
When I hear people say that they’re looking forward to it, I wish I could switch bodies and share their excitement. I actually dread it. It’s not something I enjoy. I think I enjoy food better to say the least.
I’ve also heard people say that after the 3rd or 4th day, it gets easier. I’ve been doing this for several years now but the time it only gets easier is on the 7th day, at around 9 pm when I get my first meal.
I am not excited… but inside of me I really am.
I know it doesn’t make sense but it will in a minute.
I am excited about what God will do in my life and in the lives of many.
lives that are going to be changed
people who are going to be saved
small groups that are going to grow
young people who are going to get reached for God
relational issues resolved
wisdom in major crossroads
increased anointing to minister
power to live for God in a way that would make Jesus famous
new jobs, promotions salary increases
productivity and abundance
… and so much more…
Right before crossing the Jordan river to enter the promised land, Joshua who was leading the Israelite nation was told by God through an angel,
“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do AMAZING THINGS among you.” (Joshua 3:5)
Before the miracle (the nation crossing the river on dry ground), they had to go to God and consecrate themselves. They had to focus and separate themselves from all that might take them away from Him and fling their lives into His will and purpose.
We start the fast tomorrow. I’m still not excited. But really, I am. I am excited about what God will do…
FOR TOMORROW, THE LORD WILL DO AMAZING THINGS AMONG US!