Joel 1:14 (ESV)
14 Consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.
Sometime you fast because you’re called upon to fast.
There may be no pressing issue in your life that is driving you to push away the plate but you fast anyway, you fast because a spiritual leader in your life asked you to fast.
Obeying your pastor when you want to is not really obedience; practicing godly submission to those who are over you in the Lord when it suits your fancy is not really all that godly.
It’s when you don’t want to obey but do anyway—as until the Lord that it counts.
Perhaps you’re in one of those types of fast now and you’re asking yourself, “Why am I doing this? It wasn’t my idea.”
The answer is: You’re fasting because your pastor asked you too. And who knows, maybe your pastor knows something you don’t know or are unwilling to admit.
This I know, God honors obedience.
- Prayer: Father God, I do not have to see any particular personal benefit with this fast. I am willing to be a part of the process—to lead by example, to encourage my pastor, and trust the process. Help my other brothers and sisters to do the same so that our collective season of fasting will do more good than each of us trying to do our own thing.
1 Samuel 15:22 (ESV)
22 And Samuel said,
“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.