Deeper Day 260: Fasting for God’s Presence

A couple of nights ago, I woke in the middle of the night and felt a tug. In my spirit I felt God encouraging me to fast the following day, so I committed to doing that. I then realized I wanted to fast in order to regain connection with Him. Life has become so busy now that school is back in session and even though I am home alone while the kids are there, that time goes quickly and is very full. I’m busy with many good things right now, not bad things, but still I so easily get caught in the whirlwind of busyness if I’m not careful. I am a close guardian of my relationship with Him, and I needed a day of fasting to put a full stop to my mind and heart and to refocus on what’s most important. Him.

The morning of the fast God rolled out the day as an invitation. I could feel a special warmth in the atmosphere of the day. My insides felt cozy. The house was peaceful. He was ready for me too.

If there’s one thing I hope you begin to realize from all of my honesty, it’s this. God is always so ready to love on you. He’s creating invitation and opportunity in every day you live. The only question is, are you listening? Are you noticing? Will you respond?

My fast was me saying, “I don’t want to become numb to the tug of God in my life.”

When you receive an invitation from God, the worst thing you can do is to bring an agenda. The best thing you can do is to simply show up and let Him move as He pleases. Lay aside your expectation and receive His Presence.

Prayer Moment: God, let me hunger and thirst for You. Let all of my being be focused on knowing You more and hearing You more clearly. God, my heart always longs for more of You. You alone satisfy the longings of my heart. You alone can make my life fill full. You alone give me vision and courage for the future. You alone. Draw me closer every day. Help my life to draw others closer to You as well. Here I am, my heart wide open. Fill me. Know me. I love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:1-2

Hear my voice when I call, O Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of You, “Seek His face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. Do not hide Your face from me, do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, O God my Savior. Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. Teach me Your way, O Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing violence. I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:7-14

Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is He, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty- He is the King of glory. Psalm 24:8-10

I love the house where you live, O Lord, the place where Your glory dwells. Psalm 26:8