Fasting Day 12: The Reward of Waiting

Fasting is waiting upon God. God promises blessing to those who wait on Him. By waiting upon God through fasting and prayer, you will receive:

1. Renewed Strength. Are you tired and weary? Have you been exhausted of all endurance?

“30Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:30-31, NKJ, emphasis added)

2. Realized Promise. Has God spoken specific promises to you about your future? Has He given you a dream or vision of what He wants to bring about?

“Those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land” (Psalm 37:9, NIV, emphasis added).

The word for “hope” is the same word used for “wait” in Isaiah 40:31. When we wait on God through fasting, we put our hope in him.

When King Jehoshaphat proclaimed a fast for all Judah, he prayed “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you” (2 Chron. 20:12). In a similar way, fasting is saying, “I wait on you, Lord.  My only hope is in you.” God’s promise to those who wait on Him through fasting and prayer is, “You will inherit the land. You will inherit what I’ve promised you. It will be yours.”

Perhaps you want your family – even generations after you – to have a deep walk of faith, to ‘possess spiritual ground,’ as it were.  Do you want the Word of God to remain in the mouth of your children and your children’s children?  Target this matter in prayer as you fast. Waiting on God through fasting results in “inheriting” (i.e. possessing) spiritual ground.

3. A Ready Ear

God promises a listening ear to those who wait on Him through fasting and prayer.

“I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry” (Psalm 40:1, NIV, emphasis added).

The word “heard” in the original language means:

  • to give undivided listening attention
  • an understanding heart
  • to be heard and answered
  • to grant request

It is the same word used when the angel came in response to Daniel’s fasting and prayer to tell Daniel that his prayer had been heard and the answer sent.

“Then he continued, ‘Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them’” (Daniel 10:12, NIV, emphasis added).

God promises to listen and to answer when we fast and pray.

The definition of the word “wait” in all three of these instances is astounding, especially considering that when you add the discipline of fasting to the disciplines of giving and praying, you bind together a 3-fold cord that is not quickly broken (Mt. 6; Ecc. 4:12).

The word for “wait” in all three of these instances is the word “qavah.” In the original language it means “to collect, bind together,” as in a cord. When you add fasting to your giving and praying, you are waiting upon God in a way that He promises to reward.

“Wait” or “qavah“also means:

  • to wait, look for, hope and expect
  • to look eagerly for
  • to lie in wait for
  • to linger for

As you fast, you are lingering in God’s presence and lying in wait for Him. Waiting on God through fasting means to expect Him – it means to be assured He is listening and will answer!  Are you looking eagerly for God’s answer as you fast and pray? It will come.

In Psalm 27, David encouraged you and me to “wait” or “qavah” upon God:

13[What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living! 14 Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord” (Psalm 27:13-14, AMP, emphasis added).

David was expecting to see God’s goodness in the here and now!  As you fast and pray, expect God’s answer.  He has sent His reply. It may be delayed, as in Daniel’s case. But it is on it’s way.

The Lord longs to be gracious to you and to bless you in response to your fasting and prayer. Blessed are you as you “wait” upon Him.

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all those who wait for him!” (Isaiah 30:18).

4. Resounding Acts

One of the blessings of waiting on God through fasting is that God acts on our behalf in impressive, striking, astounding ways.

Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him” (Isaiah 64:4, NIV, emphasis added).

The word “wait” in this instance, is from a root word that means “to pierce, to engrave, carve, cut in.” Fasting cuts through the muck of this temporal world and places us in the center of God’s presence.  The clutter, busyness and distractions fade as we are made aware of the eternal home of our citizenship.  The abiding presence of Christ is overwhelming.  Apart from fasting we may pray and not sense God’s presence and listening ear. But prayer with fasting is different. Waiting on God through fasting cuts through the temporal right into the eternal.

The benefit of deeper intimacy with God is enough. Once we experience that, nothing more is needed. No matter what happens in the temporal realm, we are content. Yet, God promises to act on our behalf.  He promises to display His glory through temporal circumstances.  As you are fasting, what is it you are requesting of God?  In what ways do you desire that He move on your behalf? Beloved, He will act on behalf of you as you wait for Him through fasting and prayer!

Question: What encourages you the most about the rewards of waiting on God through fasting and prayer?

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4 Responses to “Fasting Day 12: The Reward of Waiting”

  1. Johnnear Crockett says:

    This has been a awesome read and blessing to me this morning as I study how to be patient and wait for the Lord while fasting and prayer. I cried through the whole reading it really blessed my spirit. God bless your ministry. Ms. J. Crockett

    • What an encouragement, Johnnear! Thanks for your feedback! Isn't it amazing that the Creator of the universe meets us in prayer and speaks the exact truth we need?! Thank you, Lord, for meeting with us, revealing yourself to us…for giving us moments with you that make it seem as if there is no distance between Heaven and earth, between your throne and our place of prayer. Continue to renew my sister and reveal yourself to her, in Jesus name!

  2. Mohlodi Kaone says:

    Good day Nat

    I am reading your website, i have fasted and done all that i think needs to be done, i do not know what to do anymore as problems keep on flooding, the sad thing is that on top of the challenges, i am loosing the little that i have, there has been so many breakins in our house, it is so much i do not have the strenght to continue, i do not know where to begin but almost every area is affected negatively, Even though i am fasting now i am not able to open my mouth to pray, there is so much heaviness and numbness in within me, my heart is heavey, my body cannot carry me anymore physically God of mercy love Grace and care please help and rescue me all trouble,. In weaknesses i feel dissapointed, BUT HE IS GOD,

    • Robyn says:

      I am very sorry and will pray for you as well. Not to say that you haven't, but confession and repentence is crucial in seeing God act. I am not saying this why He has not yet, but I am also going through a time of fasting, praying and waiting and The Lord has brought this to my attention. Also if we are doing the right things, we are to continue and be persistent in prayer and wait until He moves or guides us. Most of the people in the Bible waited long periods of time on God to act, yet encouraged others to wait as long as it takes as well (David, Joseph, Job, Abraham, Moses). The running theme is He ALWAYS came through. Those who did not wait suffered tremendously (Saul). Wait, be of good courage and never stop praying.

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