A Successful Fasting and Praying (Morning)
Isaiah 58:6 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke?
A multinational company that inspires many young people is inviting recruits. The competition is fierce. Their vision is: help another in need and globally. Those recruits are preparing themselves. They come early and waited for the interview. Suddenly, the training department echelon comes and tells them a sudden change in their schedule and place of meeting. It’s just the next building but unfortunately, their time is short. They hurriedly rush to the next building.
In the middle of their journey, an old fruit vendor blocks their way and they clash. Many fruits are thrown and some are stomped and dirty. Most of the recruits just shrugged it off and say sorry hastily. But one applicant kneels herself down. Put together the old man’s fruits and place them in his carriage. She also gives the man money to replace his already ruined fruits and humbly asks forgiveness for her friend’s behavior.
She comes late and with shortness of breath. 15 minutes after her late arrival, the CEO appears. They are stunned and left speechless. The CEO is the old man with a carriage full of fruit. Still, in his fruit vendor attire, he announces that only one applicant is welcome to a new position. He welcomes the girl helping him earlier.
Just like the recruits that failed to understand the company’s vision, we sometimes have a difficult time fully digesting the true purpose of fasting. Fasting is not just able to resist the urge to eat and drink, increase your prayer intensity, or reading the Bible. The most important thing is: to live up to His heart’s expectation. That’s why we must evaluate ourselves. Let Him show us right from wrong and not making our fasting effort in vain.
EVALUATE yourself while PRAYING AND FASTING.
1. Why is it necessary to evaluate yourself while fasting?
2. What will you get while you evaluate yourself?
3. How do you want to apply today’s rhema and then evaluate yourself from now on?
“Father, we are grateful for Your rhema on how to properly fast and pray. Lead our steps and strengthen our faith, enable us to do Your will. Make us the doer of Your words. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”
YEARLY BIBLE READING
1 Corinthians 16