Seven Days, One Hundred Promises

January 23, 2017


"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)".

I intended to post this after my first week into my fast, but it’s more like half way through now. Here’s my little update on my fast + prayers for this month. 

Starting off my biggest concern was my diet. I wasn’t sure how I would find good things to eat or how my body would react to cutting out all these big food groups. The first week was the hardest. I’ve come to realize I am highly addicted to sugar. Every day I've had to refrain from even buying pure dark chocolate to satisfy a piece of my craving. 

The first week my body was purging it’s toxins and it was kind of awful. I broke out, got a horrible sore throat and had a two-day cold. However, I have never cooked this much in my life. I’ve been eating so well and I’m not worried a single bit about “eating too much” because I know everything I’m eating is pure. It’s been a really freeing experience. Then suddenly all my acne went away and so did my sickness. 

The physical effects of this fast have been quite beneficial (minus the cold). It’s something that is discipling me to treat my body with more love. My body belongs to God and deserves to be treated well. Though I will get some ice cream and dark chocolate when this fast is over, I want to be more health conscious with my diet. 

But what I really wanted to get across in this post is the truth about this fast for me. Fasting isn’t all about the food we can or cannot eat but about prayer. A fast without prayer is just a diet. It took me the first week to really realize that. Prayer is everything and connection with God is everything. 

“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity (Joel 2:12-13).

Fasting + prayer is about returning our hearts and surrenders back to God. It’s allowing our body, mind and spirit to be more aware of Him. I know in the beginning I wanted something out of this fast but through the past week and a half I’ve just wanted more of God. I don’t just want what I want for me but what He wants for me. 

I know it’s easy to get to a place where it feels like we are praying about the same thing over and over again and we just get tired of asking so we stop praying. I know I do that. But scripture says to “continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving (Colossians 4:2)”. This has now become my main focus.

So in steadfast prayer I haven’t been hearing God’s voice audibly and I haven’t felt that breakthrough yet but I’ve felt the weight of God’s promises and the peace He has placed over them. I am wholly confident in the promises that are to come and that just because I’m not feeling the Spirit actively right now doesn’t mean he’s not fighting for me. I rest in the hundred promises God has set in motion for me. Things that I don’t even know that I want yet. He knows my desires and as long as I remain in Him, they are promised. 

xo, 


JM

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