He Knows What You Need
When we were children, we worried about the monsters in the closet. We looked up to our parents and our teachers thinking, “They have it all figured out- they aren’t scared of anything.”But most of us are all grown up now, and we know that this is certainly not the case. We are grown up, but we don’t have it all figured out although we think we’re supposed to. Much of life’s worries come from us comparing ourselves to our friends or people we don’t even know. As we strive to catch up with other people’s highlights, it’s easy to become discouraged when all we know is our own reality.
But hope is the foundation of our faith, and there’s nothing like fasting to remind us where our hope and security lies as Christians. As we fast, we remind ourselves of our dependency on God–that He really is all we need. Jesus said:
“And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.” (Luke 12:29-31 NLT)
We pray to tune in to God’s whisper. When we pray, we seek the Kingdom of God, and His good and perfect will for our lives. While we as humans often make our fasts about what we want, God keeps it about what we need. We want that promotion, we want that healing, we want that place to live. And while we should definitely believe for these things, God is a good God, and He tells us not to worry about them and to just seek His Kingdom. The monsters in the closet are now gone because we have a Father who tells us, “Everything will be OK if you just trust me.” Fasting and praying is a great opportunity to seek His Kingdom – to lean in and hear from God.
Let’s ask God what He wants for our lives this year as we continue to seek His Kingdom through prayer. We never come second when we put God first.
– Lasse Hultén
- What does your ‘monster’ look like today?
- What would Jesus say about your ‘monster’?
- Thank Jesus because you don’t have to worry about anything.
- Ask Jesus for help to stop worrying about the ‘monsters’ in your life.
- For all the Young Adults in our church