Welcome to Day 4 of the Fast!
Some people have no problem pursuing a job they really want; they will pack up their family and move across country if the right opportunity comes along. Some will pursue a mate relentlessly until he or she agrees to that first date. But how many people take time out of their busy lives to pursue God?
That’s what you’re doing now on this 21 day fast. When you fast, you “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1 NKJV). God is looking for those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. God sees the choice you have made to consecrate yourself, or to set yourself apart, just to pursue Him. You are running after Him when you fast, and He sees that you have humbled yourself and are completely dependent on Him.
Here is the question of the day: What does God see when He sees me fasting?
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God knows how much food means to our daily routine and is keenly aware of the body’s desire for food throughout the day. He knows how much we enjoy eating, and many times eating is also centered around friends, family, and co-workers. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, we have lunch meetings—all centered around food. When we fast, we give up not only food but some social interactions. Fasting tells your heavenly father that you want more of Him and less of the world. He sees that the only thing that can satisfy that deep hunger is Him.
You’ve chosen to go without food, one of our most basic human fleshly needs, because you have a strong spiritual desire to be with and hear from God. God sees and will respond to your physical hunger. He wants to fill up that empty space with His blessings and goodness. You have attracted the Lord’s attention in an extraordinary way.
Extraordinary sacrifice leads to supernatural intervention and attention. However, for lasting change to occur and to experience the fullness of God’s power and provision, you must make room for Him—in your heart, your mind, and your daily schedule. Adjust what you’re focusing on; make sure that you’re not just giving up food—make sure that when your stomach is empty, you turn to your Father and make room for the miracles He has in store for you. Our temporary physical discomfort has spiritual rewards.
You’ve got His attention. He’s looking at you right now. Ask your questions…make your petitions. He’s listening.