FASTING WITH A RIGHT ATTITUDE

Jan 4, 2024

DAY TWO OF FASTING

1 Kings 3:16-26… Then the woman whose son [was] living spoke to the king, FOR SHE YEARNED WITH COMPASSION FOR HER SON; and she said, “O my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him!” But the other said, “Let him be neither mine nor yours, [but] divide [him.]”

When they brought the living baby to King Solomon, the living baby was to be divided into two and shared between them, the one who had pushed the baby yearned with compassion.

When it touches you, you will pray heartily. When it is not your child you can talk carelessly. When you push it out of your womb, you know the pain. I pray the Holy Spirit will transport you to that place.

Prayer and fasting are not a head thing but a heart thing. It is your attitude that adds meaning to your fasting.

Religion delights itself in spiritual activities without the heart. When you go to the labour ward, you do not need to give an expecting mother something to probe her to cry but will cry because of what is on the inside of her 2 Timothy 3:5 

Many of you need to cry to the Lord for conception, to put something in your womb for these 21 days to make meaning to you.

I hate professionalism in the church with all my heart, if you are there, cry to the Lord to help you, it is a bad place to be. Don’t be like the church of Ephesus which had lost its first love and was moved by routine. Revelation 2:4

When Jeremiah tried to keep quiet, it was like fire in his bones.

When it is there, you cannot hold it back, it burns and you can’t hold it back because it’s not fake but real Jeremiah 20:9

Jonah 2:8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.

If you are going to attract the mercies of God you cannot build the foundation of your spirituality on lies, deception, or falsehood, you have got to be real with yourself before God.

Proverbs 14:10 The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.

What are you carrying? 

Whether you pray or not, fast or not, every heart carries its burden. Do you have it or you don’t have it?

Joel 2:17… Why should they say among the peoples, ‘ Where [is] their God?'”

When they question where is your God, does it bear any weight in your heart? or you are ok? For some of us, it’s not okay with us and that is why we can’t play games.

1 Samuel 1:8-10 Then Elkanah her husband said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep? Why do you not eat? And why is your heart grieved? [Am] I not better to you than ten sons?” So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacle of the LORD. And she [was] in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the LORD and wept in anguish.

Hannah was married for ten years and the co-wife was pushing children while she was barren, she took it lightly until she could bear it no more.

Her burden was too heavy in her heart that she engaged God with a correct attitude in fasting which rolled away her shame of ten years. Why did she have to wait for ten years? 

God is no respect of persons, We are all sons. What qualifies or disqualifies us is our heart or attitude.

She reached a point of desperation in her heart and engaged in a fast that changed her story 1 Samuel 1:13-18

The same desperation drove nations to engage in fasting with a correct attitude which changed the narratives of their lives: It was a matter of death and life because all the sources of help were exhausted. For example;

  1. In the days of Esther, she declared a fast and was willing to engage God to the point of perishing Esther 4:16.
  2. In the days of King Jehoshaphat, when a great multitude was coming against them, the entire nation of Judah gathered to seek the help of God because all their help was exhausted 2 Chronicles 20:9
  3. In the days of the prophet Jonah, the people of Nineveh accepted the prophetic message and engaged in fasting to seek the help of God Jonah 3:5.

This must be the same attitude we must carry. When desperate people pour their hearts before God, He comes through for them.

What attitude are you carrying as you fast?

The attitude you carry is even more powerful than the fast itself.

I want you to get the most out of this fasting but the condition is carrying the right attitude.

2 Corinthians 6:4-5 But in all [things] we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in FASTINGS;

Some commend themselves for what they have achieved from learning institutions and the world but Paul points us to what matters most of which of them is living a life of fasting.

Remember, one of the reasons for fasting is to tame the flesh: both the cravings of your body and soul (Isaiah 58:10 and Psalms 35:13)

Colossians 1:27 (GNT) God’s plan is to make known his secret to his people, this rich and glorious secret which he has for all peoples. And the secret is that Christ is in you, which means that you will share in the glory of God.

There is a superhuman force that is granted to us as we fast, it’s available and we can tap into that dimension as we fast. This is what I want each one of us to tap into.

STAY BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED, WE LOVE YOU.

PASTOR BEN OCHOLA.