Fast Day 19: Fasting and Praying
195 Fast Day 19
7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
9 Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?
10 Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?
As we enter day 19 of our fast I want to turn our attention to prayer. Praying and fasting are meant to be tied together. As you are praying and seeking God, the right thing to do is to ask God for something. Everyone fasts from something and for something. For most of us, it is for a variety of different things.
In Matthew 7:7, Jesus tells us three actions which describe the way we are to pray. We are to ask, seek, and knock. The New Testament was written in Greek. The Greek language is deep and rich. The verb tense of a word is important to the meaning. “Ask, seek, and knock” are all in the present tense. This signifies that the action is continuous. Therefore, the literal translation would be that we are to continue asking, continue seeking, and continue knocking.
Through fasting we gain persistence. We are to persist praying for what we desire or need. Fasting causes you to be aware of your heart’s desire.
I am fasting from sweets and all carbs as well as late night news. We were at Disneyland recently. Sweets and carbs are prevalent at Disneyland and they were calling out my name. They were tempting me and seeking to allure me. Every time I felt tempted, I prayed and prayed for what I am hoping God will say yes to. This meant I prayed all day. At one point, I was simultaneously laughing and praying. There were a plethora of delectable things to eat.
I fast from late night news because it is how Pam and I always end our day. We have done this for years. The purpose of giving this up is so I will end each day more aware of what I am asking, seeking, and knocking on the door of heaven for.
My Abba, Father,
I pray for You to grant us our heart’s desire. I pray we will be celebrating during and at the end of the fast due to all of the wonderful blessings and answers we receive from you. As we do, we will give You the glory.
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