How to Get UNSTUCK
Scripture: “Then your light will break through like the dawn, and you will heal quickly. Your righteousness will go ahead of you, and the glory of the Lord will guard you from behind.” (Isaiah 58:8)
Yesterday, on the way to church, I saw this car tailing a very slow car. He was obviously in a hurry but refused to get into the open lane next to him! I was so confounded! “Why doesn’t he just change lanes?” But then I thought, Wow, I’ve been doing the same in my own life! There are things I so badly want, but I have been stubbornly trying to do things my own way, unwilling to get in God’s lane. It’s like I’m tailing a slow car in front of me, so frustrated, when there is a clear lane next to me, if I will just take it. Maybe you feel stuck too-praying for the same things for years, with zero progress. I know what that’s like and I want something more for us.
A Man Who Needed a Miracle
Jesus understands that we get stuck sometimes, and He gave us the key to getting unstuck here in this story: A desperate man came to Jesus because his son was always trying to kill himself. He had actually come to Jesus’ disciples earlier, but they couldn’t do anything for him. So Jesus just spoke to what was troubling the boy, and he was immediately cured. But later, Jesus’ disciples asked Him why they couldn’t heal the boy. And what Jesus said is so interesting:
“Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” (Matthew 17:20-21)
Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures
Jesus told His disciples (us) that faith can move mountains, BUT He also said that some things will not change UNLESS you pray AND fast. So what is fasting? In a strictly food sense, fasting is not eating or drinking certain things, or at all. But in a spiritual sense, it’s so much more. It’s saying NO to something you normally do in order to say YES to something you really need. Fasting is the key that unlocks the doors that you can’t seem to open. It’s like if you have a can of milk and try to open it with a spoon, a fork, a knife: nothing works. What you need is a can-opener. Fasting is the can-opener to your answered prayer.
Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures
True, heartfelt fasting really gets God’s attention. He loves it. Listen to what God says about it here:
“No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind. Then when you call, the Lord will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ He will quickly reply.” (Isaiah 58:6-9)
God Says Fasting Brings:
-Salvation -Healing -Direction -Protection -Quick Answers to Prayer
There are a lot of things I want, but all of my efforts to find those things on my own are not working. And believe me, I’ve tried. So recently, when my pastor invited my church to fast together, I said yes, because quite frankly, I need help! So I have decided to give up shopping. I shop a lot. It might sound ridiculous to you, especially if you are a man; but shopping for me is a band-aid I use to comfort myself when I’m lonely or stressed; and it takes a lot of my free time. So instead, for the next 2 weeks, I am choosing to go without shopping in order to spend time with God instead. I’m going on walks to ask Him for what I need, listen to His thoughts, and tell Him mine. And I’m already feeling a difference.
What Are You Desperate For?
Is it healing in your family? Restoration in your marriage? Help in finances? I invite you to fast with me! What do you want to say NO to in order to say YES to what you need? Here’s some examples of things you could fast: food, drinks, entertainment, negative thinking/talking, or empty social time to spend time with Him. God doesn’t care about what you fast; He cares about you opening your heart to Him. Jesus said, “But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you” (Matthew 6:17-18). Will you join with me? I love you and God loves you so much more. He has great breakthrough for you!
Culled From The God Life Publications