Yesterday, we were given the three verses to read from Ezra ch 8 v 21-23 (from the Old Testament) ‘There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.” So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.’
As we are half way through our time of prayer and fasting, I’d like to encourage you with five thoughts from these three verses.
1. I proclaimed a fast. Corporate fasting is powerful and although fasting should be part of our normal lives, there’s nothing like a group of like-minded people, joining together and doing it together. When we come together with one aim and mind and heart, that’s powerful. If you haven’t joined in yet, it’s not too late.
2. Humble ourselves Fasting can sometimes make you feel ‘yak’, especially in those first few days, however, one thing it does do is …it strips us of ‘us’ and makes us humble before an Almighty God. It is good to be humbled and to come humbly before a God who is able to do whatever He wants to do, whenever He wants to do it and with whoever He wants to do it with.
3. Ask Him. You can see from the verses that they asked God for specific things…safe journey, children, possessions, protection etc . Prayer and fasting is a time to come before God with specific requests. If we don’t get specific, we won’t get specific answers.
4. I was ashamed to ask the King. He didn’t want to ask the King, because He had told Him that God would provide. You don’t need to look for your answers from anywhere, except from God. You don’t need to rely on anyone, other than God Himself. Go straight to Him. He is waiting to hear from you!
5. He answered our prayer. Yes, that’s what God does when we pray and fast. He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
Be blessed today as you continue strong
A daily devotion for a better way of living.