The future is like a mystery novel full of twists and turns. Within this darkness and uncertainty, its important to take some time to be still before the Lord. Thus, before you speculate on what you think will happen its better to fast and pray prior to going forward.
When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven, Nehemiah 1:4.
While serving as a cup bearer to the king, Nehemiah’s main responsibility was to taste test food and vine prepared for the king in case it was poisoned. Essentially, Nehemiah was a body guard, willing to die for his leader. Yet, when news spread about the fate of Jerusalem’s walls, Nehemiah placed his whole trust in the Lord by beginning a fast.
Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” I was cup bearer to the king, Nehemiah 1:11.
During this 3 month fast, the Lord began to provide Nehemiah with a clear vision for the future. Instead of wavering, Nehemiah stepped out in faith to implement God’s plan. Taking a leave of absence, Nehemiah served as an administrator to help Israel rebuild this wall in 52 days. Thus, Nehemiah is the ideal example of fasting to go forward.
by Jay Mankus