Fasting means many things to many people. For some it could be a set time of no food/bland food. For others it could just be a nice time to start dieting…thinking “ehhh, I could afford to lose a few pounds”. But for me, fasting means something so much more than eating different foods or hitting my goal weight.
It wasn’t until last year when I decided to fully commit to fasting. I had a long list of prayer requests and, quite frankly, I almost doubted that denying my body of what it wanted and praying about it could really change so many things in my life. To my surprise, one week in, God had already begun to answer prayers left and right. Prayers for my family and their prosperity. Prayers for my school transfer. Prayers for my future. The weirdest, and most miraculous thing is that He has not stopped answering those prayers from LAST YEAR.
Fasting to me isn’t only about God being faithful in His promises to hear us when we call on His name but it is about focusing in on our relationship and showing Him just how much He means to me. He sacrificed so much for me and even though there is no comparison to that, it’s nice to say I will deny my flesh for Him.
Written by: Katie Lattimore, Worship Ministry Intern
(written by John Adams, Blount Campus Worship Leader) I have a very adventurous spirit. I love trying new things and having new experiences. This works perfectly in the relationship I have with my wife because she loves capturing memories through photography and scrapbooking. Food is something I especially love trying new things with. New restaurants, new recipes… I remember the first time a friend took me to a Jamaican restaurant, Wow!!!
What’s cool is that I have realized that my adventurous spirit applies to my relationship with God as well. I was raised in a very traditional Baptist home, and adventure was far from the focus when discussing Christianity. In fact, my understanding of religion seemed to condemn the new and adventurous aspects of life.
As I’ve grown spiritually, God has shown me an incredible path of seeking after Him in ways I never have before. In fact, this is where I have found I honor Him the most. Hebrews 11:6 says that “…without faith it is impossible to please God…” and James 2:14 says “…faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”
There is a lot to say about fasting: its origin, purpose, requirements etc. Some can be agreed on by most people, other will be debated forever. One thing is certain: God tells us to fast, and His Word tells us that great things can be accomplished through fasting, some only by fasting. If anyone has a thirst to know God more, be used by Him in greater ways, and seek after Him with a boldness that will lead to great adventure in His Kingdom’s purpose, then Just Do It! Put action to your faith and please God. The rewards are amazing!