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Maybe you’ve heard it said that “the only constant in life is change.” Much truth rests in that simple statement because things around us always seem to be changing. Whether it’s the constant change in technology or going from one season to another, we know that change is inevitable.
When we look at the stories throughout Scripture, we often see that new and spiritually significant seasons in people’s lives were preceded by fasting. Moses fasted before he received the law and Jesus fasted before the start of his earthly ministry. Acts 13:2 shows us how fasting can bring new ministry into our lives: “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then after fasting and praying, they laid their hands on them and sent them off.”
Through praying and fasting, new ministry began for the church in the New Testament and you never know what the Lord will speak to you regarding your future as you fast! There is one thing you can be sure of – whatever change the Lord brings, you can live with a holy expectation of great things. God won’t send you without an anointing and preparation for what is to come.
“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.”
So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.
And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.