I had my first board meeting of the year in the evening. It was a special meeting for two reasons. 1) one of our Elders was leaving the Board due to her term limit being up so we were having a party to celebrate her service to the Board. 2) Be able to discuss how God is leading us in the New Year.
At the beginning of the meeting, we prayed for healing for a number of church members, friends, and family and for the meal we were about to have. It is important to note, that I had not revealed my fast to anyone. So as I go into the kitchen, there is a counter filled with food; food I can not eat.
We had cocktail weenies, meatballs, chocolate cake, pimento cheese, BBQ potato chips. I saw a can of almonds on the counter and went after it like a hawk, checking the label to see if there were no “added elements” to them. I also looked at a jar of salsa to check for any processed junk, sugar, or any ingredients that I cannot pronounce. One of our elders, who does mission work in Nicaragua, brought some salsa she bought from the country. Homemade salsa? I can eat that. I asked her what was in it. She then began to go through the list of ingredients. With each natural ingredient, I was excited until she named two ingredients: Butter and Ketchup. My lack of excitement was not because of the ingredients, I would try anything once, But it was ingredients forbidden by my fast.
I often wonder how many things we buy into that we see as “good” or “spiritual” and when we partake in those things, we end up realizing it was a trap, snare, or sneaky temptation. I am someone who naturally is impulsive. If I see something I like, I must have it. If it is discounted, take my money. If it looks like it will be a good investment, I’m all in. But with each impulsive action, had lead to an even worst outcome. That is why there is wisdom in waiting, especially when it comes to prayer.
Some of the best stories I have heard on the topic of prayer are the ones, that were answered a number of years later. I read one story in “The Circle Maker” where a mother prayed for all of her 12 kids to accept Jesus as Lord of their life. When she passed away, 6 of them were saved. When the book was published, 10 out of the 12 have given there lives to Christ. Daniel fasted and prayed for 21 days before he received insight into the revelation. What things will the Lord reveal when we wait with obedience and anticipation?