04.20.22 | Being with Jesus
Following the celebration of Easter, we will take this week’s time of fasting and prayer to focus on spending time listening to Jesus. Use the simple guide of “FAST” to determine with Him what to focus on during your time together.
During the “speak” step, listen for what Jesus might have for you – specifically notice if there is anything that seems to be tugging on your soul. This could include the health of a family member, something Jesus is calling you to repent of, or feelings of grief you need to address with God by your side. You may also have something on your heart in which you are desiring to hear His voice – whatever it may be, bring it before the Lord in prayer and then listen for His response.
Here are the four steps of FAST:
- Focus: Find a quiet place to settle your mind and open yourself to the Holy Spirit’s presence.
- Adoration: Spend time honoring and exalting God, tell him what you appreciate about him. Contemplate on who he is and what he has done. You might even be able to get a sense of his presence with you.
- Speak: Commune with God, taking moments to both speak to him about what’s on your heart and to pause and listen for his voice. Use journals to write down what you hear him say. Ask simple follow up questions like, “is there anything else you’d like me to know about [fill in the topic]” to really get to the heart of what Jesus wants to communicate to you and what you want to say to him or plead for while you fast.
- Transform: Commit to taking active steps to change or address what the Lord revealed during your time of fasting.