Fasting… Overcoming The Enemy Of My Hungering For God – Part 2

Posted: September 30, 2013 in Fasting, Podcasts
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i said that i would eventually get back to fasting and… today seems to be the day. For me it’s day 21 of my fasting journey, the changes are becoming more and more apparent to me. The previous post was “Overcoming the Enemy of my Hunger for God.” You may want to go back and read it first. If for no other reason than to read the quote from John Piper.

Here’s the driving force for me in doing this fast. i have been given the opportunity to share life for a season, with a specific handful of people. i made agreements with them to pray for them not once, but every day, and often within that day. To be in position for them so to speak.

i don’t recall the circumstances, but i read Matthew 17:14-20 (it will be obvious that it’s from the Message but it doesn’t change in meaning regardless the translation.) “At the bottom of the mountain, they were met by a crowd of waiting people. As they approached, a man came out of the crowd and fell to his knees begging, “Master, have mercy on my son. He goes out of his mind and suffers terribly, falling into seizures. Frequently he is pitched into the fire, other times into the river. I brought him to your disciples, but they could do nothing for him.” Jesus said, “What a generation! No sense of God! No focus to your lives! (AMP. O you unbelieving (warped, wayward, rebellious) and thoroughly perverse generation!) How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this? Bring the boy here.” He ordered the afflicting demon out—and it was out, gone. From that moment on the boy was well. When the disciples had Jesus off to themselves, they asked, “Why couldn’t we throw it out?” “Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus.

i began thinking about what Jesus had said. “What a generation! No sense of God! No focus to their lives!” They were disciples and i am still His favorite one, but… i like them were found to be out of position. Before Jesus got to the bottom of the mountain He had been on top with Peter James and John. They experienced… let me just quote it. “His meaning Jesus appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. Sunlight poured from his face. His clothes were filled with light. Then they realized that Moses and Elijah were also there in deep conversation with him.” That’s experiencing the presence of God! One can hope!

There was a difference from what took place on the top of that mountain from what took place at the bottom. At the bottom there was feasting and celebration of which the other nine disciples were partaking in. Several commentaries state that the disciples were not prepared for what they needed to accomplish, they were out of position, they had no sense of God and were not focused at that moment.

my spirit rose up with those words and i felt like i got additional clarity regarding what my commitment to this group of people needed to be. i need to be in the position that Jesus, Peter, James and John were on top of the mountain. i must do today what others will not so that tomorrow i can do what others can not. i don’t mean to sound boastful, but for me that’s the invitation God presented to me. Do i have to accept, certainly not. But this group includes my best friend, and wife, my children, my grandchildren as well as several others. i must be in position to be able to pray big audacious prayers for these people in my life. Thus i embarked on this fast of liquids for an unknown length of time. One of the greatest benefits of the fast has been that i don’t have to ask what are we having for dinner every night.

i didn’t share that there were other things at play in this story from Matthew 17 but they weren’t as important to me as what i have shared.

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