God’s desire for us is to live in a place of peace of contentment. Not constantly weighed down with the cares of the world and every person who shares with you what they are going through. Be very specific as to what occupies your time and energy. Perhaps you have heard the expression, “What goes in, is what comes out”. You have to train your mind to recognize which thoughts, comments and sometimes which people to ignore. Every “battle” that comes across your path is not a battle that you’re supposed to fight. Many battles are simply distractions to try to lure you off course.
People can get thrown off course because they are always being pulled in so many directions by various things, except God. Psalm 119:37 says, “Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word”. As the verse says, ‘turn our eyes (our focus, our attention, our thoughts) from worthless things’. A time of prayer and fasting really can assist us in turning our focus from those things which often feed our physical wants and desires. Whether it be food, entertainment, even relationships we can become fixated on things that are trivial we can lose our focus, and end up wasting valuable time and energy that you should be using to pursue God and His plans for us. If you work out at the gym, you spend time building your physical strength and health. We need to do this for our ‘spirit’ too by spending time with God in worship, quietly reading and reflecting on His Word and prayer.
There is life in the Word. It is important to ‘renew’ our minds. (Romans 12:2) Again, when we set aside the things of this earth and deliberately focus on scripture, prayer and worship we strengthen our spiritual muscles. It has been said, ‘it takes 21 days to make or break a habit’. So throughout this fast, make space for God and create healthy spiritual habits that will make a “preserve your life according to God’s Word”. Throughout the pages of scripture we read about people that accomplished great things for God, and many times the common denominator is that they spent time with God first. It wasn’t Bono from the band U2 that penned the words to “40”. These lyrics came from scripture when King David said, “I sought the Lord and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 40:2) Learn to focus on what matters, focus on God and His Word so you have a greater sense of strength, hope and God’s Peace to know and focus on what is important.