from stephen mcbride, leadership school student
7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:7-10, ESV)
As you read this you might really be in your zone within the fast. Then again you could very feel like quitting. Even if you have already stumbled in your goal there is still so much ahead of you during this fasting season - so press in. A desire to fast and pray comes from a desire to become more spiritually led and put our flesh under submission. Are you a believer that is desiring to walk in more power and authority in your everyday life? Well I am.
After experiencing a deliverance failure, the disciples inquired to Jesus for the reason they were not able to drive the demon out (Matthew 17). Jesus expressed to them that they need to fast and pray to drive out such demons. Understand that fasting tunes you into the Spirit of God. Seeking God, to the point of personal discomfort to our flesh, moves our heart to a place of submission to God’s will. We all have different discomfort to our flesh which moves our heart to a place of submission to God’s will. We all have different prayer request and things we are waiting for manifestation on. But like the Samaritan woman we need to realize whom Jesus is and when we need to know the gift of God.
No matter how hard it feels, there is nothing that Jesus will ever ask us to do that He will not give us much more in return. Listen closely to what the Holy Spirit is speaking to you. Let this fasting season be a time of tuning into His voice on a level that you’ve never done before. And remember that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him.