Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you. -Joshua 3:5
Why fast? Why starve when God doesn’t want His people to fall sick?
True and fair enough, you have a point. God’s plans for us are always better and prosperous (Jeremiah 29:11). BUT, fasting is a powerful way to hear what God has to say. As He said in Matthew 4:4, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ By consecrating to Him for a couple of days, I’d be free from the world’s distractions which hinder me from listening to that inner voice that comes from His Spirit.
Likewise, when you understand what fasting is and how powerful it can be, this season is something you always anticipate for and get excited in! Let me share with you my Faith Goals 2016 which are now answered thru prayer and fasting:
1. I asked the Lord for a job. He gave me the best one.
Before I was born, I was fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). Even before I was conceived, God has placed the desires in my heart which include my passion to become a writer. How impossible that could be? I only have a degree in Education and becoming a writer would require something unrelated to mine. Some circumstances didn’t allow me to pursue that but the passion planted by the Creator since I was 3 did its work. How can I refuse something I already have? Writing has been in me since I can remember and God knows how much I desire to work in such field. God always works on the impossible; so, I asked Him for such job.
I could remember it saying, “I want to have a job where I will just write; go to companies and places where I can talk to owners and managers and write articles about them.” Behold, 6 months after that moment, I received a call from a company who needs a Content Writer. Who applied? No one. Where did they find me? I don’t know. I got hired right away, as if the job is intended just for me. I now do content writing, going to restaurants and salons (with free food and services), talk to owners and managers, and write articles about them – exactly what I asked for!
Was these because of my writing skills? Hmmm, partly yes.
Did I make any efforts? Hmmm, yes.
But God gave me these skills. He ultimately made ways my mind could never fathom.
Was it all about me? No. Every little thing in my career is planned by the One who gave it.
2. I asked the Lord for healing my broken heart. He blessed me with a man.
Psalm 34:18 says, “God is close to the brokenhearted.”
Who else can heal a broken heart? How could I go back to the one who broke it? When I met Jesus, I realized it is ONLY Him who can make me whole. It’s like this: my worth is defined by God. Whether someone dumped or hurt me, it couldn’t change the fact that I am still worthy of love. The moment Jesus made me whole was the moment I was able to give love to others. Truly, how could a shattered heart give when it couldn’t work by itself? How could it give something it didn’t have?
I was so heartbroken when my boyfriend of 5 years left without cause. My father had a cardiac arrest on his sleep 2 months after, which unexpectedly took his life. How could I bear such pain? I did through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
It took me 3 years to heal in and with Christ. The world may suggest to date someone else, to drink, party, and forget, the world suggests shortcuts. But healing is a process and every process takes time. The Lord is not concerned with time but with the character He is molding in me through the time of mourning. Before I knew it, I became a new creation, transformed with Christ, healed and became free.
I just asked the Lord for healing and He gave me life. I just asked the Lord for restoration, and He gave me a man.
A year after that, I’m committed now to someone the Lord has blessed me with. By faith, I don’t know why it’s him. By grace, I believe that it is all for His glory.
I asked the Lord for Faith. He let me walk by it.
Faith is the confidence of what we hope for and assurance of what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). Being a Christian doesn’t promise a storm-free life but through following Christ, life becomes storm-proof. Everything in this world is not promised but the Lord is a promise keeper. Our eyes may be deceived but if we walk by faith, our ways are directed to His will and Glory.
Though I got my dream job, I still have struggles and desires. I still hope for an increment, for growth, for better experiences. Though I’m settled with someone now, I still have hopes for him and for the relationship to become hungry for Christ. Men’s desires are endless but God’s grace is unlimited.
The Lord works mysteriously. Faith is practiced through my questions of how things can be executed and done. It confuses me how the irrational dreams can come true yet it amazes me how on Earth they all become real! Some of which are questionable. Most are impossible. But see, God is all-knowing and mighty! We may not understand His will, but we always have to trust His ways. After all, it is never about you, or me, or them. It is all about Him!
If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
“Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am.” -Isaiah 58:9