Who are we reaching up to?
In the busyness of life it is easy to lose focus on Who God is. We step in and try to control the situations we encounter on a daily basis. When we do this in our own strength or for our own purposes we leave no room for God and often end up frustrated. When you are praying and fasting realize that God is God! It sounds so simple but when you are still (quiet, at rest and not busy or distracted) you will realize how profound a realization that is. It takes the pressure off of us to micromanage things we cannot control and removes many of our stresses and worries. In fact, your faith will be built and fears will melt away in the Presence of God Almighty who loves us and is working on our behalf. The outcome of this is that God will be glorified in our lives!
In your prayer time set aside a few minutes to not say or do anything but dwell on the fact that God is God. Allow your mind to think about His awesomeness and greatness. From that point of awe speak praises and worship to Him in prayer. Then, with the help of the Holy Spirit, write down areas you need to release control of to God and in prayer release them to Him.