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Wade
Gardiner

Feb 23/2015

Sunny With A Chance of "Growth"

Today in our Prayer and Fasting Journal we were asked to direct our focus on the discipline of Fasting. What have been your experiences with fasting? What is your plan for fasting this week? My experience is that if you don't prayerfully consider how long you will fast and for what purpose you will likely not fast at all. Fasting has an amazing ability to bless our ongoing spiritual health and growth. Isaiah 58:11 reminds us of this truth...

The Lord will guide you always;he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

When we fast, our physical hunger may make us feel like a sun-scorched land. However, I believe in that physical hunger we will find God does amazing things to grow us in all sorts of areas. Fasting isn't meant to be an anomaly in our lives, it is meant to be a regular part of our spiritual journey and another tool God has provided for helping us grow closer to Him.

I like what Dr. Wesley Duewel says about fasting... “You and I have no more right to omit fasting because we feel no special emotional prompting than we have a right to omit prayer and Bible reading or assembling with God’s children for lack of some special emotional prompting. Fasting is just as biblical and normal a part of a spiritual walk of obedience with God as are these others. Fasting can deepen hunger for God to work. Spiritual hunger and fasting have a reciprocal power. Each deepens and strengthens the other. Each makes the other more effective. When your spiritual hunger becomes very deep, you may even lose the desire for food. All of the most intense forms of prevailing prayer . . . can be deepened, clarified, and greatly empowered by fasting…" - Mighty Prevailing Prayer

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