I am absolutely and completely elated by the overwhelming response to the call to bloggyland for a fast on Monday for Cindy at Faithful Promises. If you missed the post, please pop down two days and read it. It is one of the most important posts I have ever written.
I will tell you that I have gotten emails and calls from: Beth, Nancy in CT, Stacy, Laine, Annette, Suzanne, Marianthe, Elisa, Bonnie, Carolyn, Jen in Phx, Joellen (& MaryEllen & Debbie), Sheridan, Judi, Peggy, Charissa, Tanya & family so far. I know there are more out there joining in, so this is just so stinkin’ awesome!
And as far as geographical locations: there are friends joining in fasting for healing for Cindy from Canada, Korea, Germany, England, the United States and even Uganda!! And that’s just the ones we know of. That is just amazing to me! Today I thought I would do a brief post about how to prepare for fasting. I kind of mentioned some things the other day, but here are some tangible things to do between now and Monday. As we prepare to fast it is important to get everything out of your heart and life that would hinder the Lord’s move in your life. Everything. Some of the things that come to mind is: unforgiveness? bitterness? anger? rage? addictions? Just for starters. I ask the Lord if there is anything that doesn’t please Him, would He please reveal it to me? When something pops into your head, or someone’s face comes to mind….that would be a good indication that the Lord is showing you someone or something that you need to get right. It is amazing what will come to mind when I ask the Lord that question. Things I didn’t realize or haven’t thought of in awhile. Another way to see if you have bitterness or unforgiveness toward someone is this: Is there anyone that when you hear their name you get all worked up? Or how about this? Is there someone that when you hear that they have had a huge blessing it just irks the daylights out of you? There is probably something in your heart towards them. Did they betray you? Did they hurt you? Did they promise you something and didn’t come through? Whatever it is, you need to forgive to have a clean line between you and Almighty God! Get it right!! There is still two days till the fast…get it right!!I heard it said once, “Not forgiving someone is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die!” Yes, unforgiveness holds us in prison and does really nothing to the other person. What a waste of valuable time!! Many have been hurt deeply by spouses, parents, siblings, friends, employers, neighbors, and even pastors!! But holding unforgiveness is just as much a sin as whatever they did to you. Christ says that unless we forgive others He can’t forgive us. That’s huge!! For those who want a more indepth look at fasting….in the comments regarding the fast, Beccy suggested Campus Crusade’s guide for fasting which can be found here. It is very comprehensive and would help anyone who is wondering all about it. Tomorrow I will give some brief thoughts about Monday’s fast. It is not too late to tell friends, prayer groups and family about Cindy and what a group of radical people are going to do to see her healed.