Habakkuk 2:2-3 - “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end — it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”
In the midst of all that is going on in our world right now – we hope you know – God is up to something big! During this fast, He wants to bring us into a new perspective — out of confusion, fear, loneliness, hopelessness and all the negatives that may threaten us during unsettling seasons — and into a place of seeing the opportunities.
Today we often suffer from choice fatigue and decision overload. We have so many options, and narrowing down the best path can sometimes open us up to less clarity and more confusion. What should you do when you need a clear direction but you’re faced with fog?
Fasting plays a key role in finding clarity. Here are some examples of people finding vision and gaining clarity about their unique call as they fasted…
Nehemiah fasted for days before he decided to leave the security of his life to go rebuild a wall around Jerusalem. “As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.” (Nehemiah 1:4)
Paul was fasting and praying with leaders in Antioch when he received the call to minister to the Gentiles, which is what defined his ministry life. “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.” (Acts 13:2-3)
Fasting helps clear our minds so we can focus on God’s voice, His call, and His purposes for us. Fasting puts you back in alignment with your assignment.
We encourage you to practically do these two things during this fast:
Vision begins with a need. Pray that God reveals His heart to you for the people around you, what His heart is for the work you are involved in, what His heart is for your community and city. Allow God to stir the need in your heart again, or for the first time.
Vision grows in prayer. As we press into God for clarity, He responds by giving us a picture to pursue — a vision of how God can use us to meet the need we now see. So, lift the level of prayer right now. As you pray for the need and pray for people, you are going to begin to feel God’s heart and see things you haven’t seen before. You will find yourself praying things you haven’t prayed before. Before long, you will have a picture of what it is that God is doing, and then you begin to see yourself involved in that picture. And right there – you have a vision from God to pray through and pursue.
We often don’t have clarity because we are not slowing down to pray and seek Him to see how He sees. If we remain where we are with our limited view, approaching the future like we have always approached it, we are only seeing at a low level amongst the fog and confusion and won’t get very far at all.
Do you need to get a fresh word from God about your life or for 2022? Keep fasting and keep praying. Expect clarity, but more importantly, expect God to speak!
“If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”