The Importance of Fasting and Praying (Morning)
Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. ’”
Thea loves serialized drama. She always has time to search for a new series and download it if necessary. Staying late at night is not taxing anymore to marathon-watching her favorite series. It takes a toll on her budget but she never complains. At times she feels empty after her recent series is coming to an end, but the next series could remotivate her and lift her spirit.
More than two millennia ago, there was a man with similar interests as Thea does. He cannot let a single day in his life went to waste because he wasn’t praising and worshiping God. He always spent most of his day singing and dancing and playing musical instruments. King David’s most well-known accomplishment is: bringing back the Ark of Covenant, dancing all the way along. His antique brought mockery from his wife. But he took it with a grain of salt. All he wanted to do is: please God’s heart. He succeeded. While the other kings died because of war, assassination, or conspiracy, he died of old age, and until his last breath, God always is with him.
We could see the parallels between those two stories. Thea puts her heart to something she loves as David does. Then, how about us? What makes us so spirited away? What does intrigued your interest? If you don’t put “spiritual life” on top of your list, it’s time to reconsider and rebuild your entire interest. Try to consistently commit yourself into fasting and prayer. Don’t miss this chance.
FASTING AND PRAYER could KEEP OUR THIRST FOR GOD.
1. How is your life of prayer and fasting?
2. What are your difficulties in fasting and prayer? How do you manage to overcome it?
3. What will likely be happening if you continue fast and pray?
“Holy Spirit, we know You want to fill our hearts with Your presence and Your work. Forgive us if our daily lives make us go further from You. Give us the strength to improve our spiritual lives through fasting and praying. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”
YEARLY BIBLE READING
2 Corinthians 7