PRAYER: KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S GATE (2)

Yesterday, we were about knocking on heaven’s gate. I’m sure you felt so relieved knowing that your prayers have been answered. If there’s a man to pray, there’s certainly a God to answer. Fasting without prayers is as good as proper starvation. Fasting without a burden or an intent at heart is as good as a self-imposed hunger strike.

Experiencing God’s best from a fast requires solid commitment. Arranging special time each day with God is crucial in attaining intimate communion with the Father. You must devote yourself to seeking God’s face, even (and especially) during those times in which you feel weak, vulnerable or irritable. We know it’s when you decide to fast that you’ll begin to crave all the food in this world. (Lol) 

Read His word and pray during what were mealtimes. Meditate on Him when you awake in the night. Sing praises to Him whenever you please. Focus on your Heavenly Father and make your every act one of praise and worship. 

As you enter this time of heightened spiritual devotion, be aware that Satan will do everything he can to pull you away from your prayer and Bible reading time. When you feel the enemy trying to discourage you, immediately go to God in prayer and ask Him to strengthen your resolve in the face of difficulties and temptations.

The enemy makes you a target because he knows that fasting is a powerful Christian discipline and that God may have something very special to show you as you wait upon Him and seek His face. Satan does not want you to grow in your faith; he will do anything from making you hungry and grumpy to bringing up trouble in your family or at work to stop you. 

Make prayer your protective shield against such attacks.

A renewed closeness with God and a greater sensitivity to spiritual things are usually the results of a fast. Do not be disappointed if you do not have a “mountaintop experience,” as some do. 

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.

This season is another opportunity to turn all attention to Christ and quit wandering in gross distraction from the material things of life.

 

Scriptural References

Matt. 6: 16-18, Joshua 24:15

 

Reflection Points

  • What is that one thing that takes away all your attention?
  • Are you currently doing anything to expand the kingdom of God
  • How much are you really willing to sacrifice to attain the desirable answer?

 

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