There are many Bible verses that encourage believers to pray and fast. I would venture to say there are only a few who follow this practice today. The idea of giving up food or some other activity for a day or two and focusing on God seems silly to the world. But it will help Believers to align ourselves with God. It’s an act of humbling ourselves and seeking God’s will in a certain situation. It brings a new dimension to our spiritual life.
I shared not long ago, we put our house on the market. We felt it was time to get serious about selling and moving to a larger piece of land. We only have a half-acre and feel we will need more land if things get bad. So the sign went up, and the waiting began. Months later, we have a buyer and will close September 1st. That accomplished, we have been looking for property…to my great frustration. So that you know, my husband is rock solid. He patiently waited for a buyer, while I was antsy. And since we have been searching for the right property, again he is laid back and I…well you know.
Seeking God’s will, we decided to pray and fast. We stopped eating after our meal Sunday afternoon. It helped me settle and wait on the Lord. Something I was having difficulty doing. Peace flowed over me, I knew God has our back.
We had an appointment to see a house on twenty acres. It was a nice property and we decided to make a full price offer since there were others looking at the property also.
We fasted until Tuesday after we signed the offer papers. We broke our fast with the final prayer, “God if this is the place for us, let everything go smoothly. If not, please close the door in a manner we will know you don’t want us to go through with this.”
Later that day, we got our answer. Since our offer was contingent to our closing, the seller wanted a higher than usual earnest money, $25,000. They felt if they had to move and then our sale fell through, they wanted compensation. So they would accept our offer only if they could keep our earnest money if anything went wrong with the sale of our house. We would get nothing back. Great for the seller…very bad for us.
We have no control over whether anything will go wrong with our sale. Gambling in this manner would be foolhardy at the very least. We want to be good stewards of the money God has given us. As a result, we could not accept this counter from the seller. More importantly, we believe God was closing the door. He did not want us to purchase this property.
We share this to help you see how God can and will help when we ask him. We don’t know why God closed this door, but since he did, we will look elsewhere.
It is more important than ever we seek God, and a great way to do that is through prayer and fasting. As the days become darker, we will need His direction and guidance more and more. We encourage you, set aside time to pray and fast. You can fast food like we did, or something else like television or some other activity. The important thing is, humble yourself before our Father in Heaven, turn your thoughts toward Him and seek His will, and He will direct your path.
P.S.: Since I wrote this blog, two days have passed. The sellers of the property came back with a letter of apology and an acceptance of our offer without the request for the higher earnest money. However, we still believed God closed this door and decided not to move forward with the purchase.
This morning we wrote a quick note to the sellers explaining our decision. I shared with them what I told you in the beginning of this post. Tonight, they called. They did not try to get us to change our minds, they simply wanted to share they too are Believers and explain what happened from their side.
Their real estate agent already had the counter offer written up when they got to his office without consulting them first. Both felt a check in their spirit at the increase in earnest money and even questioned it. But instead of asking the agent to remove the request, they felt hurried and pushed, so they let it stand. They acknowledged they did not take the time to pray as they should have. They wanted us to know they understood our stand and share their hearts. The next day, we called and invited them over. A spirit of unity and understanding covered our visit.
This is how Believers should be with one another. Even though we are not moving forward, they were humble and gracious…as we were with them.
We all learned a great lesson. We must take time to seek God in all things no matter the circumstances. If our spirit feels uneasy, we must stop, bow before our Lord and seek His will. No amount of rushing or pushing should change that…ever. And even when things don’t always turn out the way we expect, God will bring harmony and peace to His people when they are willing to follow His path.