At the start of each year, our church participates in a 21-day fast. During this time, there is an anticipation, not only for the year ahead, but for how the Lord is going to move among us. It never fails, year after year, there are amazing stories of breakthrough: personal, spiritual and as a church body. This year will be no exception.
Jen Hatmaker, author of "Seven", says this about fasting,
"A fast creates margin for God to move. Temporarily changing our routine of comfort jars us off high center. A fast is not necessarily something we offer God, but it assists us in offering ourselves." I've been reminded of Joel 2:12-13, a verse that the Lord keeps putting in front of me (which usually means I need to pay attention):
"'Even now,' declares the Lord, 'return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love."
In this time of fasting - whether you choose food, media, coffee, sweets or whatever you need to in order to jar you off your high center - make sure that it is making you ask the questions: What am I missing? What is the Lord wanting to say that I've been, honestly, ignoring? In that process make sure that whatever you're fasting is costly and causes you to 'rend your heart': a literal tearing of your heart in order to let the Lord show you how that deconstruction can lead to a renewal on the other side that far outweighs the misery of any temporary pain it may cause. Tearing out what is keeping you from experiencing all He has for you. Tearing out the extra in order to examine the essential. Literally, breaking your heart for what breaks His.
Ready to have your heart broken in the best way possible? If I know my Jesus like I do, It's going to be the best thing that's ever happened to us. See you in 21 days, heartbroken.
Tara is Greg's girl, mom to two sons of thunder, a hunger fighter, big dreamer and worship pastor at seacoast church.