“Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching.” Proverbs 4:1
Years ago I was mulling over some events that took place, regarding the multiplying of my family. I brought in a few prayer partners to the mix; strength in numbers, that sort of thing. One of those dear friends told me, “Sarah, you should fast and pray.” My response was a quick, no. I am hypoglycemic, if I miss any meal my blood sugar drops, I shake, am weak, and have passed out in the past. Totally not a thing for me to do.
God had other plans, after all His are greater than mine.
When I got off the phone I heard His voice tell me 24 hours, that’s all I’m asking. Still to me, 24 hours is a long time with low blood sugar. I remembered the packets of electrolytes that I had left over from a mission trip, several years ago so I went on the hunt to find them.
The last time I had eaten anything, after having that conversation with my friend, was at 7:30pm. His opportunity presented itself. God was telling me to just give Him 24 hours, surely I could handle 24 hours, right? When I woke up, the next day, my hunger pains were awful. They only got worse as I made my daughters their breakfast so I prayed and started on my daily devotions; gone in an instant. AMAZING. I drank my electrolytes to keep from shaking and every time I started to feel the least bit hungry I prayed and read His Word. AMAZING. With His help, 7:30pm came around that night, without having eaten all day, I sat down to some chili and chocolate as a treat.
I was so blown away by the whole experience, learning that fasting is all about the insight of His teaching. I have never fasted food before because of my health but He pulled me through.
So what was my dilemma and what was His response? Well that is for another time but just know my fear of fasting is gone, my heart is open to the possibilities and I look forward to seeing what He has in store.
I have completed many fasts since then. Each time God presents Himself in a glorious way and I have received clarity from that sacrifice.
Our church is currently in a 21 day fast. I am working through a Daniel Fast for my dinners. It is difficult and physical symptoms are abounding but God’s greatness is evident. My quiet time with Him has been the greatest it has ever been. I am believing for some clarity to come to me about the calling He has given me, knowing He provides no matter my un-surety.