Want to see God move like never before? That’s just a stupid question, isn’t it? God wants to move more than we want Him to move, but we must move first.
“What do you mean ‘we have to move first?’”
Read the story of Jonah and Moses. God had a great plan, but both of them had to do something first. God doesn’t need us to do anything. He is sovereign and doesn’t need me. When we realize that He is asking us to do something and is getting ready to use us if we are willing, in order for Him to do a great work, the first move in that moment is ours.
Each Monday I fast and pray. I have a group of Christian sisters that do this with me and I with them. I either send out or receive a text that says, “How can I pray for you today?”
Pray specifically. Don’t thank God for flowers and trees. Name names. What exactly do you want to see Him do? Pray according to His will. In other words, don’t pray like He is Santa Claus, asking Him for selfish things or events. Think through your motives for your requests. Is it about God or you?
This does not mean that God doesn’t want to hear about everything. He does, but allow God to change your focus if needed. I should always be praying for someone who is lost and those that need restoring to Christ.
I will testify that God is doing some things that I didn’t expect. And really, what’s wrong with me-why didn’t I expect Him to move? I have prayed specifically and God is providing. Because what we pray is confidential, I will not share these with you, but if you knew us, these would be obvious works of a mighty God.
You best get busy with this fasting and praying…
What is fasting? Abstaining from food for a period of time in order to seek God through prayer and His Word
For how long do I fast? Pray about that-let God decide
When should I fast? Pray about that-ditto
What if I can’t skip meals for health purposes? Abstain from something else such as TV, internet, social media, dairy, sugar…now it just got real, right?
The real question is “What am I willing to do to see God move?”
Just because we fast doesn’t mean God will do what we say. God is sovereign. He does what will glorify Himself. Fasting is about us focusing on Him and sacrificing, showing God that we mean business.
Remember though, in Matthew 6:16 Jesus begins with “When you fast…”.
Here are a few more that speak of fasting:
Acts 14:23 NIV Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.
Joel 2:12 NIV “Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”
Nehemiah 1:4 NIV “When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.”
When I have fasted and prayed, I have seen God move like never before. I have prayed very specifically, and God has answered very specifically. At the beginning of this blog, I mentioned that I fast and pray each Monday with a group of ladies that are all over the state of Kentucky and one sister in Georgia. I have seen God answer. I am still waiting to see if one specific request was answered as I asked, but it seems that it has been. I am keeping that one a secret until the right moment.
So, what are you waiting on? I highly recommend the book The Power of Prayer and Fasting by Dr. Ronnie Floyd. I have taught it in a small sessions setting at two different churches that we have had the pleasure of ministering with, and quite honestly, I should probably get royalties from it. This book can answer all
What does Gilligan’s Island and Santa Clause have to do with our prayers? It seems that we pray like God is Santa or that we get three wishes like an episode of Gilligan’s Island? You know the one in which they couldn’t seem to get Gilligan to wish them back to the states? Our prayers are not about us. God wants to transform our prayers and line them up with His will. As we pray, He will do that.
It’s not about us, friends.