When I woke up this morning, I had mixed feelings about starting our juice fast today. Part of me was filled with eager anticipation, but the other part was anxious. I’ve done an extended juice fast before, so perhaps that’s why I was nervous. I know what to expect. There are side effects, such as hunger pangs, headaches, and overall weakness, and they’re usually most intense the first few days. I’m also well aware of the intense mental struggle that accompanies fasting, when you’re not necessarily hungry but crave solid food.
However, what draws me to fasting is how it strengthens me in the Lord. There’s something about denying yourself a physical need, such as food, that makes you more sensitive to spiritual matters. When I fast, I spend more time interceding for others, and I pray with greater fervency. I’m also generally more relaxed and peaceful. I’m able to hear the Lord’s voice more clearly, and His presence gives me boldness to do what He has called me to do.
If you are joining Justin and me on this fast (whether it’s juice, smoothie, or Daniel Fast), you are being covered in prayer. I’m praying that:
1) your time with the Lord this week will be sweet.
2) you will find strength and joy in God’s Word.
3) you will see what the Lord showing you through His Word and obey.
4) you will spend much time in God’s presence, praying for your needs and interceding for others.
“I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you (Psalm 63:4-5).”
As we praise God and lift up our hearts and hands in worship to Him, we can be confident that He is listening! God promises that when His children call out to him, He will come close and show us great things that we don’t yet know (Jer. 33:3). The Lord is waiting to help us, so let’s press in and pray!
Satisfy us this week, Lord, with your unfailing love. We treasure your Word more than our daily bread. We hunger for you, God. You’re all that we need.