You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 (HCSB)
Today I have started a journey towards the very center of God. After spending almost two weeks in the mission field in Nicaragua I have come home possibly with more questions than answers. I went there seeking God and He was ever present. I went there seeking answers and He showed me many things. I went there seeking myself and was found.
I have been studying the early church and reading through the Acts of the Apostles. I am amazed at the presence of God and the miracles of God contained within the history of the church. What stands out to me most is the consistency of the disciples to pray and fast.
Fast? What’s that? Isn’t that something you do before a doctor’s appointment? What does it have to do with God? Everything!
What I believe is that we don’t often deny ourselves much of anything anymore. Here in the United States we pretty much have everything we need. Even the poorest in our country is by far better off than most people in the rest of the world. We are entitled to be happy, right? We deserve it, right? God wants us to be blessed, happy and not lacking anything, right?
To those things I would say, wrong. God has never promised us that we would be happy. He has never promised us that we would be successful. He has never promised us that we would not be called to sacrifice, deny ourselves and give all to the cause of Christ. The blessing that God promised is different than what our culture tells us. Blessed meaning happy on the inside with the joy of God that cannot be taken away. A peace that isn’t affected by outward conditions or circumstance. That is what I am after.
I believe when we deny ourselves for Christ we put Him at the top of our life. We place Him dead center in front of and above all other things. We focus our eyes upon Him and we determine not to be distracted any longer. Maybe I am crazy? Maybe I have gone too far? But, maybe, just maybe, I need to show myself and show God that what I desire is so important to me that I am willing to deny myself and trust in Him for strength, for health, and for the fortitude to see this through. Because I know, I cannot do this alone.
So, I am writing this blog for two reasons. First, I would like for anyone who would be up to the challenge, to join me. Your fast may be different than mine. I will be fasting food and only eating one meal per day for the next 40 days. I will be spending the time I would normally spend on the other two meals in prayer and study as I seek His will. Join me in fasting whatever you may be able to for the next 40 days. The principle of the fast is to deny yourself something and to replace it with seeking God through prayer, meditation and study. Let us walk this road together and put ourselves in the eye of Gods perfect will.
Secondly, I ask that you would pray with me and for me. I will post a prayer request each day for the next 40 days.
I am not writing this to impress you, but to impress upon you that we need to get serious about the things of God. We need to put aside all distractions and place God at the center of our life and our hearts. We need to be like Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. He could not see Jesus because of the crowd. So, he climbed a tree and called out. He was so determined to see Jesus, that his life changed forever. Jesus was there. Jesus is here. But, what is standing between us and Him? What barrier is in the way?
That is that question I am seeking the answer too. Join me. Let us fast, let us pray and let us climb the tree above all the distractions and the noise of our lives and let us begin to see our Savior clearly.