PRAYER: KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S GATE

Fasting demonstrates the depth of your desire when praying for something. It shows you that you are serious enough about your prayer request to pay a personal price. God honours a deep desire and praying in faith.

 

When we fast, the aches in our stomachs and pains in our gut are reminders that Jesus is the true food, not our daily “Shoprite” bread, and that Jesus is the true drink, not our typical beverages. Christians will fast, as Jesus promised because as people of faith, we know that believing in him means coming to him to satisfy our soul’s hunger and quench our soul’s thirst (John 6:35) — and one of the best regular reminders of it can be abstaining temporarily from other food. 

 

Christian fasting is not mainly about what we go without, but who we want more of. Giving up something to create room for THE ONE THING.

 

Fasting is God’s appointed way for us to cry out to Him in situations of special need. Jesus’s exhortation to “ask, seek and knock” in prayer (Matt. 7:7) “may deliberately be in an ascending scale of urgency,” we might think of prayer with fasting as knocking loudly on the gates of heaven. We resort to fasting out of a deep sense of our weakness and need in order to seek God in a more urgent, earnest, and heartfelt manner for something of great importance to us or to His kingdom. 

 

It is a response of faith to God’s promise, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13), and, “call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me” (Ps. 50:15).

 

 Fasting shows God that we are desperate for His help and seeking His attention by the extraordinary measure of forsaking our necessary food so that our voice might be heard on high. When we come to God in this way, privately and out of public notice, fully aware that we deserve nothing from Him and can earn nothing by fasting, but that He is a gracious, generous, and loving Father who cares about us, we can be sure that God does indeed hear (Matt. 6:16–18). Of course, this does not guarantee that He will grant exactly what we seek; He may or may not. Ultimately, in His wisdom, He will give us what He knows is best for us in the situation.

 

What is that earnest desire of yours?

What is that issue that has given you sleepless nights?

What is that challenge that requires an immediate response?

 

It’s time to switch gears.

Join us as we knock on heaven’s gate today!

 

…to be continued.

 

Scriptural References

1 John 5:14, James 5:16, James 5:13, Psalm 102:17

 

Action Points

 

  • Tear out a sheet of paper, write down prayer points and all you need God to answer before the end of this 40-day exercise.

 

  • Pray consciously over them. Knock on heaven’s gate concerning them.

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