Receiving Revelation Through Fasting
Moses remained on the mountain with the Lord forty days and forty nights. In all that time he ate no bread and drank no water. Exodus 34:28 NLT
The Lord had told Moses to climb Mount Sinai and to meet Him there at the top of the mountain. In fact, it was a private invite. God said no one else can come, don’t let anyone be anywhere on the mountain—flocks and herds could not even graze near the mountain! Moses obeyed and came ready to hear from God. He carried two stone tablets in his hands to receive the Ten Commandments from God a second time (read Exodus 32 to see how the first trip turned out).
Moses went 40 days on the mountain with no food or water. This is a complete physical miracle, much like Jesus walking on the water, since the human body can only go three to four days max without water. So, please do not try this at home!
In those 40 days, God spoke to Moses a revelation from His heart that we still have to this day in the Ten Commandments. When Moses came down Mount Sinai, his face was shining so bright, that Aaron and the people of Israel were afraid to come near him!
From this story, we see four steps that we too can follow in a time of fasting and prayer to hear from God and gain revelation.
1. Action: Moses climbed the mountain. He went on a mission to fast, pray, and hear from God. And he took steps to seclude himself to have special, private time with God—no goats or sheep anywhere on the mountain! He eliminated distractions from his sight and temptations from his reach. In our time of fasting and prayer, we will need to take action.
What is God calling you to do and where is He asking you to go? It doesn’t have to be up a mountain for 40 days, but it’s helpful to have a change of pace and a new space to set yourself apart like a porch or deck, a room in your home in which you can pray undisturbed, a local park, or somewhere else.
2. Preparation: Moses was ready to hear from God. His specific goal for these 40 days was to receive the Ten Commandments from God, so Moses took two blank tablets of stone. We need to have all the tools ready: books to read, journals to fill, water or juice to drink, worship playlists to listen to, and most importantly the Word of God to feed our spirits.
3. Interaction: We don’t have a ton of details of what took place at the top of the mountain for those 40 days; however, we do know God rewrote His Commandments on the stone tablets. The interaction between God and Moses included speaking, listening, and writing. Our personal time of fasting and prayer should include some of the same types of interaction. Expect God to speak to you, have a listening ear, and express through writing your own thoughts to God and His words to you.
4. Transformation: Moses’ face was transformed by the Glory of God. It was shining so bright it was undeniable. Physically, our waistlines will transform as we drop a few pounds, but spiritually, we should also expect to drop some weight and baggage in our soul as we unpack any emotions that have burdened us down recently. God’s presence will change our attitude, our character, our passion levels, our faith, and our boldness.
PRAY THIS OUT LOUD
God, I declare that this time of fasting will bring me to a place where I can expect You to speak to me in a personal way each and every day. I’m ready to receive!
What verse or phrase from today’s Scripture reading was the most meaningful to me?
What key truths or observations stand out to me in today’s story of fasting?
How does the Holy Spirit want to apply this to my life today?
The excerpt was reproduced from Griffin, Chris. Fasting For Breakthrough: A 21-Day Biblical Roadmap for Fasting and Prayer (p. 31). BookBaby. Kindle Edition.