The Place of Prayer and Fasting
Fasting and prayer are the greatest displays of dependence upon God. Fasting and prayer are meant to be done during a time when you desperately need God to act and reveal his wisdom. You have an urgent decision to make and are therefore seeking God’s direction in the matter. A person may be tempted to think that fasting and prayer in situations like this are either unnecessary or erratic displays. I can hear people say, “Let’s just calm down, shall we?” There must be a logical rational decision you can make without starving yourself to death. You need your wits about you if you are going to make the correct logical decision.” They would be correct if the direction you seek could be found using human wisdom. However, God is not asking you, as a believer, to make a decision that may seem correct to you. He is asking you to make the “spirit-led” decision, that is often times illogical.
This is why we fast and pray over major decisions. The irrational or erratic or, better said, non-spirit-led thing to do in situations like this is to impulsively act! Acting impulsively is in our human nature. “I must do something” we tell ourselves. There will be a time of doing soon but it must come after the fasting and praying. We must train ourselves to stop acting impulsively and begin to act spiritually. Nehemiah’s first response was to sit and fast and pray (Nehemiah 1:4). This seems so counterintuitive! The believer must be different. Again, we are called to seek the Holy Spirit’s direction in decision making and not use our own intuition. God often times wedges his children in between a rock and a hard place to bring us to the place in our lives where we have nowhere else to turn but to God. This makes us cry out to him in prayer and fasting. Prayer and fasting are evidences that a believer is totally reliant upon God for help.
They are the usual marks of a believer who is completely casting themselves upon the mercy of God to intervene in their situation. The difficulty is waiting upon God for direction and the key is not doing a single thing until you receive your clear direction. These are signs of a person who is totally dependent upon God. Are you completely dependent upon God today?