Isaiah 58:6 NLT “No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people”
Have you ever been down in a slump? Perhaps you have been feeling unmotivated? Not productive? Are distractions keeping you from having clarity? When life gets the best of you sometimes the answer you need is to go on a fast to gain certainty.
One day my sister in Christ and I were having a conversation. She shared with me how she’s in a slump, not motivated, distracted, overwhelmed and could not focus on the thing God called her to do. She had so much on her plate, that she began to neglect God and not devoting the quality time as she had months ago. After giving her a few words of encouragement, I then shared with her a God-given revelation. I said, “Maybe you should fast. Today is the first day of my 21 days fast with my church. We are fasting from 6 am-6 pm”. She immediately interrupted and asked, “Is it liquids only?”. I responded, “That’s crazy! It sure is”. She said, “Sis let me tell you about my day. I went to Panera to get a salad. But then God led me across town to get a smoothie instead. I didn’t understand why! Either way, I was blessed because the server gave it to me on the house. God knew I was struggling financially that day. This happened early this afternoon. Do you know that I didn’t eat a meal until 6:15 pm? So, I unintentionally fasted today. That’s exactly it! I’m doing the 21 days fast with you. Would you read a devotional with me during the fast?”. I responded “Wow that’s so crazy! This conversation was meant for me to share with you to fast. I think this fast will give you the clarity and motivation that you have been lacking. Of course, I’ll read a devotional with you. I’ll find a 21-day fast devotional for us to read”.
Sometimes a fast is necessary to help you recharge, rest, and refresh your mind, body, and spirit. We become bogged down with life and the distractions that come with it, we often lose sight of God, the things we once focused on, and the projects we started. During a time of fasting, Gid will give you clarity on your next steps, renew your mind, give you strength, and reignite your motivation to do all things He’s called you to do.