Keep perspective even in the midst of trials. Despite the difficulty, and even looming dread, we can remember that HE will lead us to green pastures and quiet waters to restore our souls. Be still and KNOW that I am God! Why do we doubt?
Recently, I learned that several friends are facing serious health issues. In my limited mind, it seems unheard of that young moms would be facing such trials. Where is God? What is going on? What will happen to their kids? Their husbands? And how can we help? Is it enough to just pray?
I couldn’t help but feel pressed to do more. It’s time to fast. The Bible calls us to fast and pray when we seek the Lord. I feel called to be reminded by those pangs of hunger to pray fervently…to pray continually for my friends’ healing. There is no doubt that fasting reminds us to pray and seek God. He is our source of wisdom and counsel. I am hoping to fast to feel closer to God and hear from Him.
F – Find a food to remind you to pray. Maybe it’s chocolate. Not having chocolate reminds me to pray at least 20 times a day. It’s amazing how much chocolate is in my life! The kids are selling candy bars, there’s chocolate macaroons in the fridge at work, and everyone is having hot chocolate, chocolate milk, mochas or frappe! Just fasting chocolate and desserts has freed up my mind and time for prayer.
A – Allow yourself grace. What if you accidentally eat something when you’re fasting? There’s grace. You are under grace and God will not condemn you for forgetfulness. Keep going and pressing in. You’ll be amazed what God is going to say! Keep praying and listening for His voice!
S – Set scriptures around to remind you to focus on the Lord and His word. Placing God’s word around the house and listening to Christian music helps us focus on the things above, not the world around us. You may find that if you’re fasting, you have a few minutes to work on your Bible Study lesson or devotional. It’s amazing what time we have when we’re not preparing breakfast! It’s a few minutes to spend with the Lord that you might not have otherwise. Use your time wisely!
T – “Testing your faith produces perseverance, so let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:3-4. We can embrace a trial as a testing of faith. Maybe we do not really want to be tested, but it’s a sure way to get stronger through belief. Lord, help my unbelief! I pray that we would come out stronger after these trials. Let nothing keep us from the faith that God would freely give us.
And in the midst of it all, remember God’s unconditional love. This is a time of reconciliation, redemption, and resurrection. I pray that the cross will change us into women of faith, not doubt, and that fasting and praying will draw us into a closer relationship with our Jesus.