Feeling uncomfortable fasting at work? You are not alone, so do I! Whether it is based on not wanting co-workers to think you’re crazy or to avoid the Pharisees’ sin of deliberately drawing attention to oneself, here are 5 tips to get you through the work day:
1) Let a few close Christian friends know you are fasting and ask that they pray for you. You will be under attack and need the prayers of others when you feel alone and tempted.
2) If you are asked why you are not eating, people will be satisfied with an answer of “I have other plans for lunch”. Most people won’t realize you are skipping meals.
3) Schedule a meeting for yourself during lunch or find a quiet place during times you’d eat to read the Bible or listen to Christian radio. This may be in your car or in a meeting room.
4) Make a point to act normal (Matt. 6:17-18). This will also help you to not focus on any negative side-effects during your fast.
5) PRAY! This seems obvious but cannot be overdone during fasting. It’s your life-line.
Matthew 6:16-18 16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
We fast corporately at New Day Baptist Church every year in January for 5 days. Why?
Well Jesus fasted. And He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness for one reason: to be tempted by the devil. (Matt. 4:1-2). Whoa! God purposely sent the devil to tempt Jesus when fasting. Why? The devil was sent to try and separate Jesus from the Father’s plan.
But Jesus was fasting. And fasting breaks chains – chains that bind (Isaiah 58:6) and the devil knows it. Jesus was hungry but He was hungrier for God and his glory than food. When you are hungry fasting, you are drawn closer to God. You are in the Word, reading scripture and learning about Him. During the time you’d normally be nourishing your body with food, you are nourishing with scripture. That’s the breakthrough.
“Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke? Isaiah 58:6
This project is super easy and super cheap (less than $5).
Step 1: You will need to buy some glass pebbles with a flat side. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for $2.99 (gotta support our Christian businesses). You’ll also need:
- Elmer’s Glue or Mod Podge.
- Brush (sponge or bristle)
- Computer, printer and printer paper
Step 2: Print out favorite scripture verses on prayer or God’s promises. I printed in Arial Black font; 9 font size. You’ll only be able to get in 3 rows with one or two words per row.
Step 3: Apply the Elmer’s Glue or Mod Podge to the flat side of the glass pebble.
Step 4: Place the glass pebble over the scripture verse, glue side down and press firmly.
Step 5: Cut around the glass pebble to remove excess paper (you may have to gently press out any bubbles between the paper and the glass pebble).
Step 6: Let dry and then add another layer of Elmer’s Glue or Mod Podge to seal the paper.
TA-DA! Beautiful glass prayer pebbles for decor or to give away.
God nudged me into meaningful prayer at the end of 2014. Chris and I attended a wonderful prayer conference in November that revealed to me that my prayer life was definitely lacking – frequent, hurried and shallow prayer was something I needed to improve. So, I prayed for discipline and God told me to start a women’s bible study on prayer in December. Not exactly what I thought when I prayed for discipline but God knows how I’m wired – if I’m responsible for something, I’ll put the energy into doing it. Around the same time, I was asked to head the Prayer Room decor at the 2015 State Transformed Women’s Conference. After much not-so-shallow-prayer, I knew it would thrust me into a deeper focus on prayer and agreed to be part of the planning team.
BAM! – There you have it – 3 events in less than a month that have set my life in a new direction. Lesson here: God is good and be careful what you pray for 😀
Fast forward to today – I created this blog to chronicle my journey in discovering a richer prayer life and documenting the changes prayer will bring to my life. No matter “who” (even if I’m the only who!) is out there, may you find fullness in our Lord in 2015!
Changing through prayer,