During a radio interview a few weeks ago, I was asked, “How often do you participate in a Daniel Fast?” My answer was every January and any other time I sense the Lord leading me to do so. I had planned to begin my next fast on April 3rd in preparation for Easter. However, after a really tough, emotional week, I decided I couldn’t wait another day, let alone seven. I started a water fast today.
I’m not announcing this as a source of pride, nor am I saying, “Hey, look at me. I’m fasting right now.” That would unbiblical and pharisaical. However, I do want to be honest about what God is doing in my life, sharing both the highs and the lows. I’m just like you, desiring to serve the Lord wholeheartedly, yet battling the flesh every step of the way.
Last night I read a blog in which a woman and her husband posted about their 40-day juice fast. I was intrigued as I read through her journey. That’s when the idea came to me to share my experiences during this fast. Not only will it help me process what God is showing me, but also it will keep me accountable. In addition, my prayer is that YOU will be encouraged and challenged as you seek the Lord.
My husband asked me tonight, “How long are you going to go?” I told him that I didn’t know because I don’t. Being the goal-oriented, driven one that I am, I usually have a plan before I even begin something. That’s the situation in which I’m most comfortable. This fast is different.
Maybe I’ll do a 3-day water fast and then transition into a Daniel Fast. Or, I might go from water to juice and then the Daniel Fast. I really don’t have a plan. I’m leaving the length and type of fast open-ended for a reason. This way, I’m forced to depend upon the Lord and seek Him for direction. I’m literally taking one day at a time.
It’s 10:00pm, and I’m ready for bed. It has been a full day. God, as always, has been faithful. I’m thankful that no matter what I’m going through, He is there. He doesn’t leave me to wander around on my own. He holds me close, just like Deuteronomy 33:12 says:
“Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the on the LORD loves rests between his shoulders.”
Lord God, I am your beloved. I can rest secure in you tonight and every night. You are my Shield. You are the One who comforts me. Thank you for your unfailing love and that all of your promises are true.