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"Have you fasted? Have you prayed about it?"

A lot of my friends from Africa fast...all the time. Any time I'd talk to them about an issue I have or something I'm wanting to hear from the Lord they'd say "Have you fasted? Have you prayed about it?" 

My friends in Africa cherish the time they are in complete need of Jesus.

I sit here in my house, having everything I've dreamed of having and more. Eating foods of my choice, sipping on my delicious coffee, browsing the Internet, and doing homework. How am I in desperate need of Him?

I have decided to do a 21 day fast...I've acknowledged what rules my life, what occupies a lot of my time-social networking. It sounds so silly, and not a big problem at all....or what I like to call it a "First World Problem." As I was praying, asking God to reveal to me what has a hold over me, that's what He pointed out.

Today is my second day with no Facebook, no Pinterest, no Instagram; it feels awesome. Freeing really. Its tough though, I used to check Facebook in the morning like it's the morning newspaper, I'd take pictures just for the purposes of Instagram- now I get to look at things and just marvel at how awesome our God is, instead of pulling out my phone to take photos. At night I used to browse Pinterest for HOURS, now I get more sleep.

 I pray that God would transform my heart. I've been so stuck up on complacency, writing my blogs about how its not OK, and how we need to be in more need of Jesus, and I have never done anything about it. Well now, I'm taking baby steps, I'm seeing more of Jesus, I'm hearing His voice a bit clearer and its awesome.

Lately I've been learning that we are to glorify God. When we are completely satisfied in Him, not in what of anything else- He is glorified. (paraphrased from John Piper =)) So in the times I'm tempted to check go and waste my time on Facebook, or Pinterest or Instagram- I say to God "You are enough for me, hearing from You is enough for me." 

So guys, if you're reading this, I highly recommend fasting. I never saw the point in it, but now I do. Even when I cut out such a silly worldly thing out of my life, it makes a bid difference.

Be blessed and encouraged.


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