In January, I joined my Sunday church for twenty-one days of fasting and prayer. We encouraged each person to seek the Lord and ask Him how He wanted them to fast. I heard from different individuals about the instruction that they received from the Lord. All of them were pointing in one direction – deny the desire and focus on Him.
This is what the Lord said to me: No meat for twenty-one days.
I shared this with my husband and he said, “No sweets for me and I will also not eat lunch.” As husband and wife, we serve the Lord and work for Him together, so I also did not eat lunch.
If anyone knows me well, then they know that I always enjoy eating. I am in constant discipline concerning my desire for food. I can eat a lot, and find that I feel hungry often (Not starving, there is a big difference between these two conditions). When I felt hungry during this time of fasting, I thought of the tasks that I had for the rest of the day and the strength that would be required.
So, the following message is what I aim to share with you based on my fasting. A question that I asked myself during this twenty-one day fast was this, “Do I crave spiritual food (The Word) like I crave physical food?”
If I enjoy food and have a desire for it, do I desire Jesus, the Word of God more than filling my stomach? Do I crave Him and the relationship I have with Him to the point that He fills me up?
If I am concerned with how much strength I need to go through my day, am I even more concerned with taking up my cross and following Jesus? Do I consider if I have enough strength to say no to what displeases my Lord? Do I have enough strength to run the extra mile for those who are in need? Do I have enough strength to forgive those who have wronged me and even pray for them? Do I have enough strength to trust in God regardless of all the circumstances? Do I have enough strength to endure the hardships and lean on the promises of God?
I thought and I thought… and I know the answer very well. I need Jesus, I want Him, and I will never have enough of Him in my life. There is nothing that I should crave more than Him, nothing that I should be concerned about more than Him, and there is nothing that I should want to fill me up with more than Him. Only Jesus!
I am thankful that I hunger and thirst to be spiritually filled with Jesus (The word) all day every day.