Ask all the people of the land and the
priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh
months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you
fasted? And when you were eating and drinking were you not just
feasting for yourselves?’ Zechariah 7:5-6
Why fast? What am I seeking? Ministry growth? Prosperity? Service?
Am I seeking God’s way, or doing things my way and expecting God to
make it happen? Am I asking Him to change circumstances or me?
Recently, the Lord called me to a fast, but not the traditional “no
food” kind. In meditating over Zechariah 7 and Isaiah 58, He
reminded me that, first and foremost, a fast is a character-building
The Holy Spirit kept pointing me to the closet in my home dubbed
“The Gift Closet.” New knick-knacks, collectibles, and other
niceties line its shelves for future giveaways. Finally, I heard
Give up frivolous shopping. Skip the garage and estate sales too.
Instead, spend time in prayer and writing for me.
Jesus prayed and fasted for forty days while being tempted. And, He
did not fail. Like Him, we have physical, emotional, and spiritual
assaults that confront us. Only through prayer and fasting can
certain strongholds be rooted out of our lives.
Although curtailing shopping seemed rather drastic, browsing in
stores had become like an addiction for me. I had allowed idleness
to keep me from God’s desire for my life.
My husband seemed particularly happy with this latest revelation.
When I asked him if he’d been praying, he laughed and gave a big
Free me, Lord, from the bondage, hindering my growth in you.
Align me to Your heart’s desire.
Sanctify me in the truth through Your Word.
Teach me contentment.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.