As my mom said today, in the beginning of her email…
When it rains, it pours.
Well, its pouring!
…I’ve recently started up knitting again, and for anyone who knits (or knows the process) pulling on that single string can unravel the entire project. I feel like at this moment someone is pulling on my family’s sweater string, and we are slowly losing the shape of what looked like a beautiful, close-knit sweater. As fast as I try to knit the stitches together, its just not as fast as the rate of that string being tugged….
So The Time Has Come.
In the OT, people fasted for various reasons:
- Distress/grief (David for the loss of his son… the 7-day fast after the death of Saul)
- Repentance/Atonement (The Ninevites after Jonah’s warning… and even today in Israel on Yom Kipur)
- Spiritual Preparation (Daniel before receiving the revelation… Moses before receiving the 10 Commandments… and even Jesus for 40 days in the desert)
I have decided that I, too, must begin the journey.
I don’t know for how long I will fast; but I do know that like those before me, I am expecting a BIG breakthrough. As hard as I try, I can do nothing on my own. I need His help! I am holding God to HIS promises. I am praying for the future and well-being of my family, the people I love most in this world. I am taking back what the world has stolen from us, and I’m not letting go. It won’t be easy, but nothing of true value is gained with little effort.
Therefore, if you would be willing to remember us in your prayers and keep me accountable to follow through, I would be eternally grateful!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord….plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with ALL your heart.