Even though I'm not a fan of fasting, I am. "Wait! You just said you weren't a fan. Which is it??" My flesh doesn't like to fast at all. My spirit on the other hand almost craves it. The intimacy that is experienced between you and God during a fast is unmeasurable. It's amazing how much clearer heaven seems to be and the airways that carry your prayers seem to be as well. Fasting breaks you down. If you're commited, it will establish strong discipline and exhibit a literal, tangible breaking down of your own will. When our will is broken down, God's will is lifted up.
Over the past 21 days, I've learned so much. Instead of a uncontrollable hunger for food, I've had an uncontrollable desire for wisdom and to learn. Some of the dreams and ideas that God had previously given me that I had locked away somewhere came roaring back to the forefront through the garbage and disappointments I had put in front of them. I feel closer to God than I was before the fast. Probably because I am. The Bible is clear. If we draw near to Him, He'll draw near to us. That's precisely what a fast does.
I've also established some healthy habits that I hope to remain disciplined in keeping. I have lost 23 lbs over the fast with no real exercise regiment. The last days of the fast I began eating lots of vegetables and salads. I hope to continue in that. My body feels better than it has in a long time. There's no doubt I'm looking forward to the taste of meat again and those Valentine Heart Reese's Cups are calling my name at this very moment, but I hope and plan for the discipline I've developed to remain in place. Oh I'll still eat those things. I'll just plan on not eating a whole box of them . . .
Our church did this fast together. I'm aware that some didn't bother to participate. That's between you and the Lord. I will remind you and I that we can't ask for God's best without giving our best. Others started the fast and failed and quit. Still others fasted and even if they faltered a couple of times, they got up and started again. I've often found that God isn't so much concerned with our failures as much as He's concerned with our responses to them. For those who blazed the trail of a 21 day fast, I trust God has made your spiritual awareness keen and strong. I pray God has answered some prayers for or if nothing else, gave you assurance and strength to keep pressing deeper because what He has promised, He will be faithful to fulfill. Let us be reminded however, fasting is a discipline that God desires more than just 21 days each January. May we recommit ourselves to the spiritual disciplines that we may decrease and He may increase in our lives.