Yesterday our church kicked off our annual 21 days of a corporate fast. Our 7 year old daughter shared with us yesterday that she is praying about fasting from the iPad that our three kids received for Christmas from a close family friend. Our 5 year old son didn’t miss a beat when he added that you can also “fast-forward” on the iPad and made the hand gesture of how you can fast-forward a video. Just goes to show you that even at a young age we are all susceptible to miscommunication.
As children’s author and illustrator Robert McCloskey puts it, is “I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” Communication, whether as married adults, children, or sons and daughters of God, takes intentional effort and we need to constantly and consistently be working at it.
For those of you who may be fasting this January I invite you to take some extra time communicating with God in prayer. Fasting decreases the distractions, increases your time with God, and sharpens your focus and purpose for prayer. Maybe you’ll hear something for the first time that God has been saying to you all along, and it might just change your life. Happy New Year.