Fasting and God’s Presence
Acts 3:4-6 (AMP) states, “And Peter directed his gaze intently at him, and so did John, and said, look at us! And the man paid attention to them, expecting that he was going to get something from them. But Peter said, Silver and gold I do not have; but what I do have, that I give to you: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!”
One more verse: Acts 3:19 (AMP), “So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return (to God) that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord.”
What do these verses have to do with the fast or God’s presence? In the story of the man begging Peter and John, they were trying to relate that they had God’s presence and they were keeping their eyes on Jesus for what they needed. Even though we cannot see His physical presence, He left us with the person of the Holy Spirit so we can stay connected to God’s presence. We also have the Word of God and prayer to connect to His presence. Many times, we spend our time looking “out” or looking “around” for what we need; when all we have to do is look to God and connect with His presence. He has everything we need. Disconnecting from food and getting closer to God’s presence will have us looking towards a deeper connection with the one who can supply all our needs.
In the second verse (Acts 3:19), once we turn away from our sin (we all have a sin nature) and connect to God’s presence, we will receive a refreshing that comes from Him alone. The refreshing comes when we spend time in God’s presence. Until we come to a place and time where we want God’s presence more than anything else (even food); we will begin making radical progress in our relationship and fellowship with God. Once we seek that presence and God’s truth, the enemy loses advantage because our advantage is in the presence of God. We cannot just say we believe the Lord will give us good things we must profess it with our tongues. Often we claim to believe something, yet the opposite comes from our mouths. Are you claiming your mountains to be moved or just hoping and praying?
I will leave you with this verse, Psalm 91:2-4 (AMP): “I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I trust! For (then) He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.”
Read further into the chapter and you will feel the safety and comfort of God’s presence as you continue the last week of our fast. Say aloud the things that are in your heart that you need from God – His presence is right there inside you.