Love sees a need and does something about it for as long as it takes.
One of the hardest things for most people is to truly and healthily love themselves.
Somehow we feel it prideful and unspiritual to admit to loving ourselves. Yet your capacity to love your neighbor is no greater than your capacity to love yourself.
Remember, this season of fasting is not about trying to get God to do something or fix someone, it is first and foremost about taking care of yourself.
See the need in your own life and commit to deal with it (in love) for as long as it takes.
You’ve struggled long enough. You’ve hated yourself long enough. You put yourself down long enough. This fast is about doing something positive—loving yourself enough to see the need and doing something about for as long as it takes.
It is my prayer for you that addictions, and bondages, and generational strongholds will be broken during this season. That you will experience deep and cleansing healing, restoration and redemption and that you will receive life-transforming revelation.
And remember, the process will probably break you as well; but oh when you come through the battle you will have a new name and you will be a new person and your God-given destiny and blessing will be secure.
So dear friend, don’t grow weary in well doing—love never fails.
- Prayer: Father God, I didn’t ask to be born—that was your choice and everything you create is good. Regardless of how sin has marred your image in my life, it is still there. You believe in me, you love me, and you have a plan for my life. I shall dare to follow your example. I will love myself enough to follow through with this fast because I believe you will give me the victory.
Genesis 32:24-32 (NKJV)
24 Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. 25 Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. 26 And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.”
But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!”
27 So He said to him, “What is your name?”
He said, “Jacob.”
28 And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”
29 Then Jacob asked, saying, “Tell me Your name, I pray.”
And He said, “Why is it that you ask about My name?” And He blessed him there.
30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: “For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” 31 Just as he crossed over Penuel the sun rose on him, and he limped on his hip. 32 Therefore to this day the children of Israel do not eat the muscle that shrank, which is on the hip socket, because He touched the socket of Jacob’s hip in the muscle that shrank.