December 16, 2017

Day 4: What, I Mean, Who’s In Your Closet?

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But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6 ESV

One of the potential risks when we are fasting is to overly focus on what we eat or do not eat. However, it’s important that our attention be directed towards spending quiet time in prayer with the Lord.

Fasting humbles our soul and sends a signal to the Lord that we are attempting to assume a posture of submission and demonstrate an earnest desire to hear from him. One of my all-time favorite accounts of fasting is King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20. King Jehoshaphat was facing a serious threat to the safety and well-being of his people. He was afraid and didn’t know what to do. So he called a fast and sought to hear the answer from God. Fasting alone did not give King Jehoshaphat the answers he was looking for – he had to inquire of the Lord – seek His guidance through prayer.

Abstaining from certain foods alone is not fasting. If we are mostly focused on the food restrictions, then we are simply dieting.

Finding (or making) the time to get in our prayer closet each day is not easy. Maybe, like me, you’re faced with all-day meetings or maybe a pile of laundry is staring back at you. Let’s not even talk about helping kids with homework or the need to get all of your errands done.

There will always be distractions in life, but I am so thankful that we have a God who loves us so much, wants to spend time with us and rewards us when we do.

A quick prayer:

Precious Lord, I thank you for this day and the beauty of spending time with you. I thank you Lord that you always hear us and your Word promises us that when we delight ourselves in you, you will give us the desires of our heart. Help us dear Lord to be wise and have discernment about what we should pray about. Help us to align our desires to your will so that we can always be on your agenda. We give you glory and honor. In Jesus name, amen.

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