Thoughts About Fasting 05 Fast When Blind

When Paul encountered the Lord on the road to Damascus he was blinded. He could not see. And immediately and without instruction he fasted.

7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything. (Acts 9.7-9)

There are times in our lives when we are blind. We cannot see the right thing to do, we cannot see a way out of our sin, we cannot see a way to make a relationship work, we cannot see a way into business, into ministry, into victory. We cannot see the way ahead.

A great response to that sense of not being able to see, not being able to know the way forward, not being able to know what to do – is to fast. Fasting can help us when we don’t know what to do.

Now when Paul fasted, on the third day, God sent a certain disciple to him to get him baptized in the Holy Spirit and immediately Paul saw the way forward. No wonder when Paul was ministering in Antioch and wanted to know the next move in his ministry, he fasted again.

One of the reason so many Christians are blind and cannot see what God wants them to do, cannot see simple things, is a lack of fasting. Selah.

Published by Tree of Life Church

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