Fasting actually opens up doors to feasting. When we give ourselves to seasons of fasting, we are actually able to touch the place of hidden rewards in the Heavenlies. The reality of fasting is that we are confronted with boredom, emptiness, and weakness.This is the gift that becomes an open door in the Spirit. When you hit this wall, cry out for the power and presence of Holy Spirit to satisfy and fascinate you. He surely will.
Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (right living; Godly living), for they shall be filled.”
So much of our life is determined and shaped by our appetites. Whatever we are hungry for we will feed on. A wise man once said, “Whatever we feed will grow and whatever we starve will die.” There is a spiritual correlation to our physical and spiritual appetites. I was recently reflecting on this truth as the Lord was revealing my own propensities to pursue quick social media conversations that tend to entertain my curiosity and intrigue me for a brief moment rather than root and ground me in the Truth of God’s ways and thoughts. The Lord was graciously revealing to me how I am drawn into these short video clips of daily news cycles and the latest technology developments or even short Christian current event activities rather than leaning into long and loving seasons of study and meditation on God’s Word and listening to other Biblical teachings on much needed Truths.
The analogy I began thinking about was of our physical appetites. It is so much more convenient to grab the first snack within reach, the fast food option, the salty, sweet, mostly lacking of nutritional value. There are the foods that satisfy for a moment but leave our bodies void of the nutrients we need to sustain us over the long haul. Rather, if we would commit to nutrient-rich foods it would require intentional planning and preparation. This practice would prove to be much more healthy and helpful to sustaining us over the long haul.
Psalm 23:5 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.”
This is the point and needed reflection for us in our pursuit of the Lord and as Disciples who follow Jesus. We must pursue healthy and sustainable boundary lines for our heart and feed our spirit on the food of Heaven and the nutrients of God‘s Word. How many of us as Followers of Christ are spiritually malnourished mostly because we have neglected to feed regularly on God’s instructions and emotions? I imagine that the Lord invites us daily to His Heavenly Table to feast on the knowledge of Himself. To know Him is to love Him. To love Him is to obey Him. We will not be able to obey Him apart from long and loving hours with Him in His Word.
John 4:32, 34 “But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”
In the beginning of 2022, may it be that we as Followers and Disciples of Christ Jesus rediscover the ancient art of prayer with fasting. May the Lord give us greater hunger for the Kingdom of Heaven living and thirsting for the Holy entertainment of the Darling of Heaven, Christ Jesus.