September 9, 2020

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Psalm 37:4 (NLT)

I’ll be honest; when I think of fasting, words like discipline, sacrifice, spiritual warfare, and discomfort come to mind. But the truth is that prayer and fasting give us an intensified experience of taking delight in the Lord. Spending extra quality time with Him, in His presence.

We don’t spend time delighting in the Lord nearly often enough.

In fact, I believe that’s why so many Christians and pastors are struggling with COVID and the impacts on the church. Our only real time of delight is when the church is all together delighting in corporate worship (inside without masks). It’s what we know. It’s what we like. It’s what we’re used to. It is the only time of the week that many Christ-followers truly delight in the Lord. But, that’s another topic for another day. Although we did have a great time delighting in the Lord on the courtyard this past Wednesday evening.

So, I am working hard to shift my mindset from the unpleasantness of fasting to delighting in the Lord.

I told you that I was going to share my planned fast with you for this Esther Fast, so here we go.

I’m planning on including the three days leading into and the three days exiting my fast as fasting days as well. When you see them I think you’ll understand how I can justify it.

This is kind of a clinical description, but I hope it helps.

Diet:

Friday – Sunday (Sept 11 – 13)
Fruits, vegetables, water and coffee
If I do any kind of workout I’ll drink a protein shake afterwards

Monday – Wednesday (The Esther Fast, Sept 14 – 16)
Water and maybe coffee only
Still to be determined – I may drink a very small protein drink if I workout. (I probably won’t have the energy.)

Thursday – Saturday (Sept 17 – 19)
Fruits, vegetables, water and coffee
And once again, if I do a workout I’ll follow it up with a protein drink

Others things being fasted:
All TV (Monday – Wednesday)
Morning TV – going for silence in the mornings (all days)
No phone every evening (news apps, etc.); I’m way to tied to that thing.
Only listening to Christian music and/or Christian speakers/preachers (no talk radio).

Schedule:

Morning
Up early for Bible reading, prayer, and worship
Prayer for COVID, the peace and prosperity of our city, and the upcoming elections
Prayer for personal needs
Short prayer walk

Noon
Prayer for COVID, the peace and prosperity of our city, and the upcoming elections
Prayer for personal needs

Evenings
Bible reading and meditation on what I’ve read
Prayer for COVID, the peace and prosperity of our city, and the upcoming elections
Prayer for personal needs
To bed early

After the fast

I’m praying that the extra times of intentional Bible reading, prayer and worship will become habits.

I’m also praying that the times of fasting and disciplined eating will turn into good habits and greater discipline in my diet.

There are things in my life that are a bit out of control and I’m praying that God will give me the self-discipline to eliminate or get those things under greater control in my life.

See there’s a theme there. Fasting can serve as a great opportunity for us to gain greater control in our lives and develop new priorities in our lives.

I’m praying for you as you prepare for your time of prayer and fasting.

If you have questions just contact us; we’re here to help you.

Can’t wait to see all that God does!

Pastor Bob


Get more information:

The Esther Fast