A Fast Is Cutting Out Some Things You Normally Do
The YWAP Fast produces results in several ways. We ask God for a "Word for the Year." The word may come before, during or after the fast. You'll know when it happens. It's almost like a word gets indelibly imprinted on your heart. A word will stand out in your thoughts. When it does, it's wise to ask God if that truly is His Word for your season.
This year we feel like God is impressing upon us a season of cutting away. Sometimes cutting something away is a good thing. Sometimes cutting away represents a loss. In the picture above, a knife is being held in front of Jesus on a mountain. Jesus would often cut Himself away from crowds to go be alone and pray to His Father. The knife was a gift from my son Steve after I lost another knife he'd given me when I dropped it climbing some boulders. The letters "LY" mean "Love You," followed by :) (a smiley face.)
Jesus knew the value of removing Himself from the crowds to go and "Be still and know God." (Psalm 46:10) I take the knife Steve gave me every time I go into the mountains. My Bible is also with me and I do find time to pray. During this fast, I'll spend a lot of time in the Book of Nehemiah. It contains great lessons on leadership. When he heard that the homeland of his ancestors was in ruins he was cut to the heart by sadness. He did something about it.
It's time to do something extraordinary for God. A fast is a way to embark on an adventure that only God can plan. His adventures are above and beyond anything we cold imagine or plan on our own. Everyday from January 4-24 we'll post what God is teaching us. We hope you'll fast with us. God wants to be close to you.
Thanks for your time. Go do something nice for somebody. Jesus loves you and so do we.
The Last Supper
(Matthew 26:20–30; Mark 14:17–26; 1 Corinthians 11:17–34)
14When the hour had come, Jesus reclined at the table with His apostles. 15And He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before My suffering. 16For I tell you that I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
17After taking the cup, He gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves. 18For I tell you that I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.”
19And He took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body, given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
20In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you.b