The Fast that Filled Me Up Again.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
3 John 1:2 (NKJV)
Have you ever had a season in your life where you were spending so much time and energy trying to “be ok”? Trying to shake off feelings of negativity, waking every morning with memories from the past filling your mind before your feet even swing out of bed and touch the floor?
I experienced a season like that in my early twenties. Some challenging things had happened during my teenage years, and no matter how hard I tried to “be ok”, I just didn’t seem to be getting “over it.” And here I was in my twenties, still struggling with the effects of things that had taken place nearly a decade earlier. My unhealthy emotional state was starting to detrimentally impact other areas of my life.
Around that time, the church I had been a part of announced that it would be holding a prayer meeting especially for people who needed breakthrough in specific areas of their lives. I knew instantly that this was something for me. I knew that Jesus wanted me to live an “abundant life” (John 10:10) and that He died on the cross so that my soul- my inner world- could prosper.
My pastor at the time suggested that I fasted for one week leading up to the prayer meeting. I had never done a fast before and was willing to try anything! I decided to fast during my lunch break and instead of eating lunch, went for walks and spent that time praying for God to heal me and make me whole. I didn’t feel anything extra special or different happening during that week of fasting, but I do remember feelings of expectancy and my faith building.
The evening of the prayer meeting arrived and a group of leaders gathered around me, laid hands on me, and prayed for me. In that moment, I felt the “peace that surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) and it was like giant weights, that I didn’t even know I had been carrying, were lifted off of my shoulders. What a relief!
In the weeks and months that followed, my life changed. I was able to forgive people towards whom I had been harbouring bitterness and I would suddenly get to the end of my day and realise that no past memories had haunted me that day. My soul was becoming whole again.
To this day, in my mid-thirties, I know I still reap the freedom of my week of fasting and praying in my early twenties. It was the fast that filled me up again.
– Celina Mina
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- What could/should I fast?
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