|Spend time in prayer once again. Ask God to reveal the habits that He wants to begin to fill and replace. Are you willing to surrender your computer for a week if it means spending more time growing closer to God? Are you willing to not eat for 24-48 hours if it means learning to rely on God through times of stress and boredom rather than turning to food? Fill in the blank with your own habit. What is God saying to you?
Now it’s time to put fasting into action. Choose one item off your list and commit it to God. Give it to Him. Ask God to fill those minutes, thoughts, and feelings with His fullness. Pray for righteous motives during this fast. Write Hebrews 12:1-2 on a notecard and place it on the pantry door, computer screen, or other location corresponding with your fast. Whenever tempted to give in, read the verse and say a prayer committing to rely on God rather than something else.
REST STOP #3: The “I Am” Statements in John
By Eric Miller
“Is this the kind of fast that I have chosen…?” Isa. 58:5
I remember reading a book called Bruchko, an autobiography of a man named Bruce Olsen. He was a young man who was called to take the gospel to several unreached Indian tribes in South America. On one of his first encounters with the Motilone Indians, an extremely violent tribe, he was prompted by the Spirit to flee in the middle of the night. As he began his long journey back to civilization, he didn’t take time to stop and rest or eat.
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