By Lindi Amah
Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions. For I was ashamed to request of the king an escort of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy on the road, because we had spoken to the king, saying, “The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him.” So, we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer. And I separated twelve of the leaders of the priests—Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them—Ezra 8:21-24 NKJV
At the beginning of the year a lot of Christians fast. What is fasting some people tend to think it’s hunger strike so we can be miserable, but that’s not fasting . Fasting is only effective when mixed with prayer and time to seek God and read his word.
Ahava is a Hebrew word for love – not just the simplicity of the English language of just love but this particular love represents intimacy, deep longing, affection ,wanting to just get closer . Based on this prayer and fasting should be birthed from a point of love, a place of I want to know God better, I want get closer to Him to have an intimate relationship with Him. And sometimes the only way that can be done is shutting out everything else and focusing on Him, speaking to Him through prayer and letting Him speak to us.
Fasting is bringing us closer to God not making God come closer to us.
If you find yourself in a point where you don’t know what to do, spend time praying and fasting
It is not about trying to let everyone know how great you are because Jesus told us in Matthew 6 :16-18 that this is wrong. But praying and fasting the right way is in between your God from a point of love.
How to fast – if you can take part in a food fast and you don’t have any health reason stopping you to do so. Start off by skipping breakfast, then maybe lunch the next day and you could fast for a few days and pray as well, it definitely gets easier with time
How do you pray – it doesn’t have to be all big words in formal English. Just imagine that one person You are comfortable talking to and literally just talk to God the same way.
Finally read His word which is the Bible if it’s your first time I would recommend starting with the book of John.
Today I choose to remember to seek the Lord for the right way through prayer and fasting
Dad, I thank you for who you are. Help me to pray and fast the right way , not self seeking or to get praise , but so that I can build intimacy with You.
Thank You for everything do for me. In Jesus name. Amen