One of the main purposes of fasting is to make space for God to move and speak into your life on a greater level. The Bible tells us this in Mark:
"Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed."
Jesus made space for God by waking up early, and that may be something that you do as well, but if we're all honest, the area of time that people are the least willing to sacrifice is their sleep time. While starting off your day putting God first is a great habit to pick up, perhaps the area of time that would allow you to grow the most is the time you spend in media consumption. This is the time you spend looking at an electronic device.
There’ll never be more than 24 hours in a day, and for most of us, all 24 are preoccupied/pre-scheduled. Ultimately, for you to make space for God, you’re going to have to put something on a “To Don’t Do list.” That’s right. You should make a list of all the things you’re NOT going to do during the 21 days of fasting and praying. If that’s watching football, then normally when you would watch football, spend time with God instead. This isn’t about sports, social media, and Netflix, but you know there’s at least one thing you make time for that you could give up - to grow in your relationship with God. It might be online shopping. It might be offline shopping.
Whatever consumes your time the most, prayerfully consider giving a portion of that time to the Lord.
One of the top motivational speakers of all time said this: "If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse." - Jim Rohn
Challenge yourself to push past excuses you give yourself for not connecting with God.
Lastly, let’s look at another moment Jesus had with God.
"One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and He prayed to God all night. At daybreak, He called together all of his disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles."
Because Jesus spent an entire night in prayer, He was able to make decisions about who He would work with to save the world. We all have big decisions to make, and it’s a really good idea to consult with God before making them. Before you make another big relationship, financial, or career decision, designate some time to talk to God about that decision.
1) What are you going to put on your “don’t do” list to make room for God in your life?
2) What decisions do you need God’s wisdom to make today?
3) Write down the wisdom God gives you and act on it!