Throughout history, and scripture, people have called out to the Lord for help, for healing, for wisdom, for power, and for many other reasons. Often this “crying out” to the Lord is partnered with fasting. Fasting, at its core, is an act of humility and submission. Typically, fasting is the denying of oneself of food altogether, or certain types of food. Before receiving the law and commandments, Moses prayed and fasted. When seeking the safe passage and protection of the Lord, Ezra prayed and fasted. Seeking an answer to prayer, Daniel prayed and fasted. Before facing a time of testing in the wilderness, Jesus prayed and fasted. Before sending out missionaries, the church elders in Antioch prayed and fasted.
For the next six weeks we are asking that you consider fasting with us on Thursdays (from Wednesday after dinner through Thursday afternoon). Last week we read Ephesians 3:14-21 together:
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
As we fast and pray over these next few weeks we are asking for 3 things specifically in ourselves personally, for our friends that are a part of the Gathering, and for our friends on campus.
- Ask that the power of God’s Spirit would be unleashed in you.
- Ask that you would comprehend the depth of the love of Christ for you.
- Ask that you would be filled with all the “fullness of God.”
I believe that God wants to answer these prayers. I believe that the eyes of the Lord are drawn to his children as they cry out to Him. I believe that God draws near to those who draw near to him. I believe that God wants to do amazing things in you and through you. To help us focus our prayers and devotion, we will post a new blog or article each Wednesday night for the next six weeks. Please join us in this endeavor as we get the opportunity to see what God wants to do through a group of his children who are willing to admit their dependence upon and need for Him. As you go through this process, we would love to hear your stories. You can let us know those by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Excited to see what the Lord does.