It was then I had the conviction to reconsider my actions and decisions the past two weeks. The Lord didn't deliberately reveal to me that I, and a partner, should fast for us to be heard in our prayers, but with all my stubbornness, I thought it was the best choice for me, for that person, and for the Lord. Nevertheless, it was not pleasing to the Lord, but He was kind enough to remind me - without any reprimand at all. :)
The Lord doesn't require us to fast. Sure it can give Him glory; it is also a weapon against the forces of darkness. But the most crucial question is: Why do we fast? Do we really fast for the Lord? Do we fast for His ultimate will to be accomplished in our lives? Or do we just do it out of self-conviction and wrong, oh-so-selfish motives for us to escape sin?
Bang! It hits home.
What good does fasting do if we don't promote justice and mercy?
"This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.'
-Zech. 7:9-10Who do we offer our sacrifices to if we don't recognize the authority and lordship of God?
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
-Hosea 6:6What is there to sacrifice and to burn if we don't obey the voice of God?
But Samuel replied:
"Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
-1 Sam. 15:22
Yes, I was wrong. Now I'm ready to get back on track, with the right mind, right heart, and right attitude! :)