A few days after the fast began, I wrote about finding the PURPOSE of your PURSUIT. The idea was centered around making our this about more than what we’re ‘going without’, and bringing into focus the very things we want God to do in our lives.

Today, I would like to take that a step further.

Once we’ve defined the WHY behind our fasting, the next natural step is making that WHY part of our regular prayers. This is how we can become “attached to the answer”, and take our hopes beyond being just a flimsy wish. We can learn to pray the promises of God over our situation, and dial in to the specific scriptures that speak directly into our need.

This takes some work on the front end, and that may scare a few people off, but the rewards are immense. The work begins by doing a bit of searching the Bible for verses, stories and moments that speak into your need. You can get an easy start at www.bible.com or www.biblegateway.com, and start searching key words that are relevant to your need.

Once you’ve found some good scriptures and promises, let me encourage you to make a list of them. Read them out loud. Think about them. Internalize them. Talk about them. Write them down. Memorize them, and ultimately, pray them over your life. You’ll watch your faith start to build, as you begin attaching yourself to God’s answer for your need.

I’m reminded how Moses prayed in the middle of his need. He reminded God what He already said He would do! Look with me at Exodus 32:13 “Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’”

Essentially, Moses is praying to God, and saying “Remember what you said, God!” “You said that you would work wonders through Abraham, Isaac and Israel, so don’t let that plan go to waste now.” When Moses finished praying this way, God answered him and saved His people again!

So let me encourage you to take some time this week to find out what God’s Word has already said about your need. If we could get more attached to His answers, I believe it would change the way we pray, and it would change the way we live!

JJ