Flaming hot popcorn, starbucks® coffee, lord, give me the strength
by lisa hammond
"Lord, please help my cravings and desires for Flaming Hot Popcorn, Starbucks® Coffee and candy; give me the strength not to drive to the corner store and buy all the snacks they have! In Jesus name I pray, Amen."
Those have been my prayers for the last 3 weeks! But God has sustained me through my outrageous cravings.
Each year that I participate in our corporate fast, I see just how disciplined I can really be. I learn that I do have the power to say no to my fleshly desires and when I do that, I later see that what I thought I wanted wasn't even what I truly wanted. This year's fast was different for me. There are areas in my life that I am trusting God for; but this year seemed to be more about my need to spend more time with God. Yes, I needed to give up certain foods and social media BUT the key to fasting is replacing those times when you would eat or spend time on social media with time with God. That is what I was reminded of this fasting season.
When I spend time with the Lord, so many other areas of my life are restored. I have more patience, I'm more pleasant and not as irritable and I have more joy. I have the patience to deal with the fact that I'm not eating Flaming Hot Popcorn or that I'm not getting my daily dose of coffee. This fasting season taught me more about how bad I need to continuously abide in the Lord and less about the areas I need God to "fix". When I'm spending time with the Lord and gaining His wisdom and understanding, I am able to pour out His Spirit on others because one of the areas I'm trusting God for is the salvation of my family members. I'm learning that my family members need to see Christ through my everyday interactions with Him and that's not going to happen if I'm not constantly filled with His Spirit.
Even though this fasting season wasn't fireworks every single moment, it showed me that every moment will not be fireworks, every moment will not be a miraculous revelation from God, but I still need to be faithful to the Lord everyday by spending time with Him.
I hope this fasting season taught you how to abide in Christ and the benefits of limiting distractions to hear clearly from the Lord.