This is your reminder that we are fasting and praying during what would be lunch on Monday (but as Monday is the 4th of July, maybe Tuesday?!) for God to restore his image in women and men alike and to draw all of us who so desire (or maybe should desire!) into healthy, life-giving marriages. As you pray and fast, you might reflect on Sue’s words below….
Lately, I’ve been thinking about how feeble my heart is, how it gets easily addicted to whatever comes along. Despite many Weight Watchers meetings over the past few years, sometimes I really think that a handful of chocolate chips is what I need to satisfy my boredom and loneliness. When food fails to quench my restless spirit, I’ll reign in that desire, and turn instead to the internet. Surely, Facebook, Twitter and eHarmony will do the trick. Next up, caffeine, romantic comedies, or any number of other distractions. It’s like a giant Ferris wheel at the amusement park, but instead of being staffed by some bored teenager, it’s staffed by the enemy of my soul, promising satisfaction in each car. I happily jump into whichever one is available when the Ferris wheel stops.
When, O feeble heart, when will you turn to what really satisfies? When I’m feeling lonely or unloved or bored, why don’t I pray, and ask the God of the universe, who created my soul, to fill it up with what it truly needs, reminders of His love and goodness and provision?
Part of why we fast on Mondays is to become more aware of the rides we take on these Ferris wheels. In John 6:68, Peter says to Jesus, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” But instead we settle for a trip in a complete circle, with a Slurpee in one hand and pink cotton candy in the other. We need to allow the Holy Spirit to give us a taste of what really satisfies. Several years of weekly fasting have helped me be sensitive to His leading in this area.
Recently, I had a moment of awe at the keys of my shiny MacBook…I’d been emailing with Connally, and we figured out we had some single men in common that we’ve been praying for on Mondays. She and I know them from different times and places, but we both have been lifting them to the Lord as we fast and pray. It might have seemed like a “coincidence” if I didn’t believe God was leading us each to pray for them. I closed my computer, and had a moment of sweet communion with the Holy Spirit. I was overjoyed at what God is doing as we fast and pray together Monday by Monday. We’re building a worldwide sisterhood of women who “get” and care about the reality in which so many of us live, and we’re joining in the work of the Kingdom by asking God to move in the hearts of the men of our generation. Mostly, I was humbled by what God is doing in my own heart, by asking me to surrender my petty desires and let Him fill me up. He hears my prayers (and yours), and whispers sweet answers to me (and you). Regardless of whether I ever get married, God wants ALL of ME, and I give it to Him little by little as I fast each week.
Thank you for your part in this worldwide community. Blessings on you as you fast and pray today.