When Prayer Isn’t Enough

Prayer is always good. Always. But, for those times in life when action is required, I fast.

“What more can I do?” These words are a question I’ve asked myself when the obvious course of action is not, well, obvious.  I don’t wait patiently. Fasting is the silent action, invisible to all but God, which satisfies my “do something now” anxiety.  When a huge decision needs to be made, when I feel helpless, or when someone I care about is facing a serious situation, I fast for a morning or an afternoon and repeat as necessary.p1020501

Here are two Bible references about fasting I think of the most.

  • When prayerful efforts fail to solve a problem:

The apostles failed to heal a boy with convulsions and Jesus told them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” Mark 9:29 

  • When I need to hear from the Holy Spirit:

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul to the work for which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.  Acts: 13:2, 3  

Lent starts soon. What reason can you find to fast?

In hope,

Peggy

 

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About Peggy Angelino

Peggy and her husband, Tom, live in the Houston area. They have three young adult children. She is a former Respiratory Therapist and earned a Catechist Certificate in 2012 from the Diocese of Galveston-Houston.
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One Response to When Prayer Isn’t Enough

  1. Desiray says:

    The bible tells us that somethings only come out through prayer and fasting.

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