21 Days of Fasting & Prayer Devotional – Day 7: Draw Near
Have you ever experienced what it is like to be lost? Maybe when you were a child you wandered too far from your family at the store or were separated from your group at a school outing. Perhaps it was driving to a new destination and ending up in the backwoods of nowheresville with no clue about which direction to go. Being lost is never fun. It is scary and uncertain. But in life all of us can find ourselves feeling lost spiritually.
We know who God is, that He has saved us, that He loves us, and has a plan for our lives, but sometimes we can’t seem to find Him. We have this overwhelming feeling of being alone. The problem here lies within our perspective. It feels as though God has left us when the truth is He promised to never leave or forsake us. So, why does He feel so distant? Often the issue is simply that we have allowed things to create distance in our relationship with Him. We have slowly made room for distractions to fill our lives and separate us from our Heavenly Father.
One of the key benefits of fasting and prayer is that we are able to draw close to God. We set aside everything fighting for our attention and set our affection solely on Him. The amazing promise of Scripture is that as we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. If you are feeling a bit lost and alone, what you need is for God to reawaken your heart to His nearness as you draw near to Him!
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
James 5:18 (ESV)
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.