This is the beginning. Are you ready?
Last night my wife was busy preparing some meals for this coming week, cutting vegetables, and prepping stock. In all the busy preparation a thought came to my mind, “Am I ready?” The question isn’t if the diet specific elements of the fast are prepared, but most importantly, the question is whether my heart is prepared. Fasting can sometimes feel like setting off on a long adventure; some days will be profound and life-changing, some days will make you want to quit, some days will bring miracles we could never imagine, and some days there will be a temptation to turn around and head back.
So what sustains us in a long journey? An objective. Now, I’m not saying that people should be fasting as if food deprivation was a key to a magic door of blessings. What I am saying is that it becomes increasingly harder to climb a mountain without a desire to reach the top. We must fully accept both the challenge ahead and the effort required to reach it, both by our hands and our heart.
So is your heart ready? Do you believe that God can actually move in your life and the life of this church over the next 21 days? Are you ready to have God convict, encourage, challenge, change, revive, and restore you?
I believe that if you seek the Lord with all your heart over the next 21 days, God will move in your life like never before. So, I encourage you to take some time on this first day to ready your heart. Find a private place where you can be alone with God, and take time to surrender your heart fully to him as you start this fast. Pray: Lord I surrender my heart to you; may my heart be in tune with your will; would you move in my life and this church over the next 21 days
Also, if you have not read it yet, I encourage you to take a couple minutes and check out Chandler’s blog on Fasting and Preparation (click here). It is fantastic.
Pastor Josh Weisbrod
Ps. If you are looking for some great 21 day reading plans, the Bible App has some incredible ones. Simply go to the App, search for plans, and type in 21 days of prayer and fasting.