As you continue in fasting and prayer, keep in mind that the cross has two beams: one is horizontal, and the other is vertical.
It’s natural to focus on what is horizontal—problems, struggles, and circumstances. But fasting turns your priorities vertical. It draws your focus heavenward toward all God has for you.
It’s what Jesus symbolically did when He cleared the temple. The people there had become excessively horizontal, to the point they were effectively using the church as a market. But when Jesus stepped into the temple, He drove out those who were buying and selling. [He] overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’” (Matthew 21:13, NKJV)
Now, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek God for specific needs or desires of your own when you fast. You should fast for a specific purpose. However, I believe that as you continue on a prolonged fast, the true cry of your heart becomes: “More of You, God, and less of me.”
According to God’s principle of “first things,” what you put first will order the rest. And when you put God first, everything else will come into order!
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live (Romans 8:13, NKJV).
21-Day Fasting Journey with Jentezen Franklin