Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, “O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments,
“God is good to me.
God is good to me.
Although I’m small He hears my call,
God is good to me.”
Did anyone else sing that in Sunday school, when they were wee? Often I feel really wee compared to our great and marvelous God. He is great and awesome! In your mind, picture yourself in relation to God. How big is He? Think about it for a second!
Maybe it is not so bad to feel wee, next to God. In fact, our prayers and petitions to Him are made more powerful by attitudes and acts of genuine humility; not to be self-deprecating, but in order to make more space for His glory, instead of our own.
For some prayer requests we are so desperate for God’s help, that it is worth humbling ourselves in big ways. Fasting is great for this. When I fast, I am saying: “God, I long for you more than I want food today!” Often I find the physical act helpful in reminding myself why I am praying, and to not grow apathetic towards the prayer request.
Last year we invited our church to join our team in fasting for 5 days for God to move. Over 100 people joined us. Among the many praise stories, we saw 44 people give their lives to Jesus in our church. In 2016, we recorded 17 salvations, doubling 2015’s total of 8. In short, we were blown away by how our great and awesome God moved mightily in response to humbled and hungry people!
Are you desperate for God’s help with something, for Him to rescue, provide, break through, or change your circumstances? Or even, do you long to know our great and awesome God as He can be known, while here on Earth?
If you have not tried fasting, give it a go! You might want to start by just skipping breakfast, and work your way up to cutting out a couple meals. Use your hunger to stir your heart in prayer for whatever you want to see God do. Or maybe there is something other than food you could give up for a time period, in order to humble yourself before God. Netflix? Caffeine? Chocolate?
“Although I’m small, he hears my call. God is good to me.” When we bring our needs and requests to our great and awesome God, there is something comforting about being wee. Sometimes there is nothing I can do in my power.
But… when I am weak, He is strong!