Every new year (in January), our church partakes in a 21 day fast to usher in the new year. The aim is to seek the face of God, ask him what His plans for you are for the year and to set individual goals.
I’ve always been wary of the whole ‘fasting and praying’ thing because I never know quite what to pray for or how to even go about it.
Do I shandala until the room shakes?
Or can I just sit in my bed with my bible open in front of me and just pray how I usually pray?
Usually I’ll fast and set time out to pray, but most often it ends up being me praying about a list of things that I’ve been meaning to pray about.
This time however, the message we were given to take away was that prayer isn’t just us talking to God, but it’s a two way street. Just as we have things we want to tell God, He has a lot more things He wants to tell us.
To be honest, there are times when I know that the voice I’m hearing is God (usually it happens when I’m reading my bible), but most times, I’m left wondering “was that God or am I just talking to myself?”
Last night, I had a dream.
I’ve had dreams before about friends and when I shared the dream with them, it had something to do with what they were going through at that particular time.
But this dream was different.
It’s never been this clear before.
When I woke up this morning, I was led to 1 Kings 19:9-13
9 And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, What are you doing here, Elijah?10 So he said, I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.11 Then He said, Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord. And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake;12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, What are you doing here, Elijah?
Like, how did Elijah know?
I believe it was because he was purposefully listening out for God so he was able to perceive when he heard Him.
I’m really excited to continue this fast. I’m keeping my eyes and ears open to receive from the Lord even among the distractions of every day life.