A Fasting and Prayer Blessing
At the beginning of April, the apostles asked The Church to fast and pray for the work in Oaxaca, Mexico. The work was beginning to bear fruit, and some opposition had started to creep in. The date for the fast was April 7, a Tuesday.
As I read the request, part of me was discouraged. I wanted to fast and pray for this situation and be united with my brothers and sisters; however, I've struggled with the physical part of fasting for a while and started to think I wouldn't be able to do it. So I asked for God's help, and He provided.
I wasn't sure if I should change my normal schedule to help make it more conducive to fasting or if I should just go about my normal routine, which includes a morning workout. I decided to leave everything as is and trust that God would provide. I asked Him to give me the strength to make it through the morning and at least to noon.
I kept my entire schedule the same that day. I got up at 4:50 a.m. and went to the gym. On the way there, I prayed for Brother Abelardo, Sister Diana, their family, the work in Oaxaca, and all Israel. I also asked God to help my body so I wouldn't need any nourishment or feel any sickness. I made it through the hour with no problem, and, thanks to God, I had no hunger pangs or even thirst.
I prayed on the way home, through my morning routine, and just before I started to work from home at 7:30 a.m. I took breaks through the morning to pray, and before I knew it, noon had arrived. But instead of breaking my fast, I felt confident in the Lord's blessing that I could press forward.
And, sure enough, I was able to continue fasting and praying through the afternoon until my wife and son came home and we sat down for supper. I had fasted for over 12 hours, which is the longest period I have gone in quite some time.
I promised the Lord that if He helped me with this, I would write a blog article about it to testify to His goodness, mercy, and grace. How many times have we witnessed that when we put God first, when we put The Church and its work first, both our spiritual and natural lives are blessed.
It was a small thing, conducting my day without any changes to my normal routine, but it gave me such a spiritual high and an example to look back on that I can fast and pray, even when the enemy tries to convince me otherwise.
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