Well, it is Wednesday and we have officially completed one full week on our current fast!
Today the kids were discussing foods they were missing and I had to encourage them to remember again why we fast…why we increase our prayer times, and time in the Word. And how important it is to long for God, rather than the things we are missing.
I need to be reminded, too…I can become distracted as well. I may not be dreaming of all the different foods I wish I was having, but I most certainly can shift my focus.
One of the best things about a corporate fast is that you are in it with others. And yet, that can be difficult too. Because it is very public and many people are sharing stories of their personal weight loss…their own successes. I too can begin to wonder if I have lost weight…or I can start to compare my own experiences with theirs. I can take my eyes off of God and look to what others have.
As I am praying for our church and asking God for breakthrough on a corporate level, still I must remind myself that even though this fast may be more public than other fasts I have done…the work God wants to do in my heart is still a valid, deeply personal work.
God continues to remind me to stay focused. To keep my eyes on Him. To keep pressing into the areas of my heart that He wants to uncover and heal.
Thank you Lord for all you are doing in the lives of people. Thank you lord for removing obstacles, for setting people free, for blessing us with your love and your presence! Strengthen us and continue to draw us near to you… That we would look to you for everything. That you would reveal yourself to your people…in all areas of life!