Fasting: Part 5

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MY FAST-Part 2 (POST 5)

My fast began on Monday, September 23.  I had made index cards with issues I wanted to pray about during my fast.  I would attempt to maintain my normal schedule as much as possible.  In the next two posts I want to share some remarks directly out of my journal about what went on physically and spiritually in my life during my 14 day fast.  This is a continuation from yesterday’s post.

 

September 30

Day 8

6:18 AM

  • I need your grace today because I was angry the moment I woke up.  I’m angry at those who have hurt me.
  • I seem to have hit a wall with my tiredness.  I’m not sleepy but I can’t get rested.
  • I was sick to my stomach twice yesterday.  It may be the apple juice.  I weighed 179.6 yesterday.
  • I felt freedom in my preaching yesterday although our attendance was down.

 

October 1

Day 9

Jeremiah 1:19:  They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you.  For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.”

  • “Blahs” yesterday and somewhat down.
  • Sick at my stomach once this morning.
  • I didn’t sleep well after 4:15 a.m. this morning.
  • I haven’t felt rested in 3-4 days.
  • I’m going home early today to rest and maybe catch a nap.

 

October 2

Day 10

  • I was up from 3:00 a.m. until 5:00 a.m. for two nights in a row.  Why?
  • I am still stick to my stomach.  Why?
  • Some body aches and pains in my left hand and arm.
  • I feel like I’m in spiritual warfare.
  • Jon Reed suggested to me on the phone that I get off of the processed juice and go back to freshly juiced juice.
  • I’m almost so worried about our revival that I’m sick.  I’m worried that we won’t see God do anything.
  • Sanctification hurts!

 

October 3

Day 11

Jeremiah 5:3:  O Lord, are not Your eyes on the truth?  You have stricken them, but they have not grieved; You have consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction.  They have made their faces harder than rock; they have refused to return.

  • Please DON’T let this happen at WFBC in revival.
  • Yesterday was great.
  • I’m back on natural fruit juices and off of the bottled stuff.
  • Slept great last night.
  • Hunger pains are all but gone.

 

October 4

Day 12

  • Rebuke the hard-hearted.
  • Break the backslider. 
  • Save the religious but lost.
  • Revive the cold and indifferent.
  • Challenge the half-hearted.
  • Make me the pastor the church needs.

 

October 5

Day 13

  • What do I need to do to be more pastoral to my church?
  • I’m so emotionally tired.
  • Save the unconverted church members.

 

October 6

Day 14

  • Will you do a great work at WFBC?
  • Please do something at this church.
  • Let your glory fall on this place this day and week.
  • Convict lost church members and save them.
  • Why have you put me in this place to minister?
  • Send us lost people to win to you.

 

Here’s my 14 day fast summarized in 10 statements:

  1. Food is a powerful luxury and nearly an idol in my life.
  2. There’s nothing easy about going without eating.  The hunger pains never completely disappeared.
  3. Freshly juiced fruits and vegetables are so much better than anything bought at the store.  The moment I went BACK to fresh juice all the stomach problems and body aches left and stayed gone.  Because I hated to clean my juicer 3 times a day it almost derailed my fast!
  4. Prayer was just as difficult while I was fasting as when not.  However, many days while fasting I experienced “agonizing prayer” as never before.
  5. I never wanted to stop fasting and start eating throughout the entire fast.  I sensed the grace of God bearing me along for the entire 14 days.  This confirmed that God had indeed called me to fast, however I would never have experienced this if I had not stepped out in faith and began to fast.  I was completely at peace after the first few days of detoxification.
  6. It was important to have Jamie Murphy to pray for me and nothing else as it related to my fast.  I feel this was a key to the success of my fast.  He had fasted before so we talked regularly about what changes were occurring in my mind, body, and walk with the Lord.
  7. Some spiritual issues in my personal life and the life of my church will never experience a breakthrough apart from prayer and fasting.
  8. Weight falls off in a hurry when you’re not eating.  I lost about 13 pounds in 14 days.  The first night of the revival someone asked me if I was losing weight and ultimately guessed that I had been fasting.
  9. Fasting caused my “spiritual antenna” to go up.  I was constantly aware of the fact that I was in the midst of a serious biblical endeavor in order to bring glory to God in my life and the life of our church.  I recognized this whether it was 3:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m.  This seemed to enhance my concentration while praying and studying.
  10. I experienced strange phenomena in my body while I was fasting.  The first day it was 78 degrees outside and I was in my chair wrapped up in a blanket.  Some evenings I had to dress like it was winter even though it was early fall.  Some nights I could hear crickets outside my bedroom window and I had never been able to hear them before even though Marsha could hear them all the time.  My hands and feet got ice cold many nights at about 8:00 p.m., so much, that it became predictable.  My body needs a regular detoxification.
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