Pray and Fast Wholeheartedly (Morning)
Isaiah 58:5 Is it a fast that I have chosen, A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, And to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast, And an acceptable day to the LORD?
An elderly stone mason decided to retire. His decision came to his employer, which understandably saddened by his decision. This old stonemason was the best employee he has. Right after his retirement, his employer gave him a final project to complete. An unknown individual wanted a new house. He will lead this project.
The old stonemason was given full freedom of choosing the right materials and the design. The company would accommodate the expense. Long story short, the old stonemason was annoyed, building a stone house is not an easy task and it will not be finished in a short period. Because of this, he hastily picked the materials and had no thorough preparation where the stones should be placed.
When he finally finished his last project, his employer visited the house and sadly remarked: we cannot provide you much after so many things you’ve done for this firm. But at least I can do something. It’s your house now. We present this house as a gift for your service.
Nothing good will come with a rush. Take your time in fasting and praying. Enjoy the entire process. If you want to experience The Year of the Holy Spirit, it’s your time to stretch your hands and catch it. Take this fasting and praying seriously, because if you not, His blessings and grace would not be manifested wholly. Try to do it consistently and wholeheartedly. It’s the perfect opportunity to get involved in a momentous event of spiritual breakthrough and revival.
Not taking your fasting and praying seriously will result in ITS FAILURE.
1. Have you ever fasted and prayed? Do you have done it wholeheartedly?
2. What do you feel when you fast wholeheartedly?
3. In your opinion and experience, what makes it difficult for you to fast properly? What will you do to overcome it?
“Jesus Christ, we want to thank You because of Your sacrifice. We want to do Your will wholeheartedly and faithfully, especially when it comes to fasting and praying. We want to be deemed worthy in Your eyes. in the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”
YEARLY BIBLE READING
1 Corinthians 15:29-58