After Praying and Fasting… What’s Next?
This is actually the exact words I asked myself when I first did the Prayer and Fasting earlier this year, this week was my second time and I admit, it was never easy. With the current family gatherings for the week, I had to shift from liquid fast to partial fast and I honestly had to break my fast a day early and I did feel bad about it because the fast felt lukewarm to me. Someone told me that I can always do my own prayer and fasting week if I really have something deep to pray about but I told him that I am doing the fast so that I can glorify the Lord thru obedience – but that’s it. That is what I know why I am doing the fast nothing more, nothing less. I was deeply blessed by the message because it taught me the real meaning why we need to fast and what’s in it for us, believers.
Spiritual Fasting is abstaining from food in order to experience God by means of a breakthrough and we must not fast in order to lose weight, for showing off, and the like. Fasting, in itself, has no spiritual value. I was reminded that it must be for God and if not, then it is not Spiritual Fasting. The message said that when we fast, we do expect God’s answers to our prayers and whatever His answers may be, we must receive and accept it. However, we are reminded that we must be careful on how we read the promises for not all are applicable to us. We cannot be too demanding with our prayers.
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
We should also act on our prayers and make a commitment to it. I was reminded of the saying, “When we work, we work. When we pray, God works”. Since the praying and fasting week is a form of communicating passionately with God, it must be a 2-way street. We must do our part because we know how Faithful our God is to His promises. I was struck with the part that we often pray for a change of circumstances when we should be praying for a change in our character. Once the fasting week is over, we can now move on with our normal lives experiencing God’s sustaining grace.
While listening to the message, I kept remembering the things I have prayed for while doing the fast twice this year. For the second time, God indeed answered my prayers, I realized that I did act and made a commitment on what I prayed for and I am thankful for it! Now the fasting week is over, I move on with my normal life feeling the immense love from God and I can’t wait to be a witness to all who would like to believe!
We should be more passionate for the Lord: The secret in being passionate about God is being intimate with God. Be more obedient to His commands. Be more sensitive to sin. Be more energetic and eager in serving Him