Have you ever been searching for a radio station only to be frustrated by finding static rather than music? You then focus to fine tune the dial again, and suddenly you hear a clear signal. In our hectic lives, there are so many signals bombarding our senses that it can become difficult to distinguish God’s voice from the deafening “static noise” of life. Fasting enables us to tune out the world’s distractions and tune in to God.
To the world, fasting is simply a requirement before a blood test. As believers, it’s an opportunity to worship our Father and discover understanding and answers during the process. Both situations require preparation, obedience and discipline. For believers, it requires trust and a commitment to deny our flesh from the distractions that prevent us from hearing God’s voice.
“So the Jews surrounded Him and began asking Him, How long are You going to keep us in doubt and suspense? If You are really the Christ (the Messiah), tell us so plainly and openly. Jesus answered them, I have told you so, yet you do not believe Me [you do not trust Me and rely on Me]. The very works that I do by the power of My Father and in My Father’s name bear witness concerning Me [they are My credentials and evidence in support of Me]. – John 10: 24-25 (AMPC)
We all have purpose we are fulfilling, answers we are seeking, paths that need the light of our Father. Perhaps you’ve been studying and seeking wisdom to no avail. The answer lies in Matthew 17:21, “But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
Your morning cup of coffee, the weekly craving for an entree at your favorite restaurant, the game on your phone, social media, binge watching on Netflix can all be a part of your regular routine. Things that you simply just can’t remove from your schedule without the repercussion of getting a headache or moody. Can you imagine what God can do, if you obediently sacrificed that time in prayer and worship?
“The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. [To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed.] And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand.” – John 10:27-28 (AMPC)
What distractions do you need to remove so that you can focus on God? Prepare your heart to hear the voice of God and ask God to help you remove distractions that keep you from focusing on Him.