Five days to go! I am so proud of each one of you, and I can see the effect that 21 days of fasting and prayer are having on all of us. Connie and I are cheering you on!
And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” (Matthew 4:2-4 NKJV)
Yep. When Jesus fasted and prayed, the tempter came, and you can expect him, too. What was the first temptation Jesus faced when he fasted? To turn stones to bread…to eat! Satan wants you to “fall off the wagon” so he can discourage you, then condemn you, and finally defeat you. Just remember that you are victorious, not in your own ability, but in Christ! So even if you haven’t done as well as you wanted during the fast…pick yourself up and finish strong!
Sure, temptation will be there. My friend Lisa Cauley put four little words on Facebook yesterday: “I want a hamburger.” That was so funny to me because even though I don’t eat hamburgers when I’m not fasting, I think about them daily when I do fast! Connie and I had just said that a couple hours before I read that post! I drive past a McDonalds and TWO Sonics on my way to and from work every day!
So just be aware that even though you face temptation during a fast, the purpose of fasting is to discipline yourself to overcome the flesh nature so that you can BE an overcomer and be obedient to God. Remember…when you can learn to say NO to food, then you can say YES to anything God in His Word asks you to do!