When Cherise and I were dating, we were deeply in love and wanted to spend every moment together. For the longest time, whenever we would go out to eat, we would end up talking after about three bites because we were so engrossed with each other. I know that sounds a little sappy but stay with me—I have a point.
I cannot tell you the money I wasted on meals because our desire to talk and spend time with each other was greater than our desire for food. We were “lovesick” for each other. As I thought back on that, it hit me. That is what the Lord feels when we fast.
When we are so lovesick for our first love, fasting becomes easy. So, I ask you, do you remember the last time you walked away from a meal because you were so preoccupied with your first love? Have you experienced seasons when it felt like the bridegroom was distant? Perhaps you don’t sense His presence as closely as you once did. Maybe you don’t have a heart for worship and lack the excitement and childlike enthusiasm you once had for spiritual things.
Make no mistake, the fast you have started will make a difference. You are declaring in faith a season of lovesickness to restore the passion of your first love to its proper place in your life. David said in Psalm 34:4 (NKJV), “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
God will hear you as you set your heart to worship Him. When you magnify the Lord, you shrink the supposed power of your enemy!
21-Day Fasting Journey with Jentezen Franklin