We see prayer and fasting throughout the Bible when there is a need for God to show up. We see it with David, Nehemiah, Daniel, Esther, Paul, and even Jesus. I believe this 21 days of prayer and fasting is as important as any for all of us. It is no secret the past 12 months have been incredibly challenging, a time of testing if you will. But we have seen God do the impossible after times of testing.
Just as Jesus turned off the dark when he entered this world, we have the opportunity to turn off all the dark in our lives, all the “stuff” that keeps us preoccupied with what He wants to do in our lives. I love what Joel 2:12-13 says “12 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. 13 Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.”Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.” God so desperately wants us to turn and lean heavily on Him for all of our needs. All that He wants is for us to come into a closer relationship with Him.
“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” I love this quote from Martin Luther King Jr. and it is so true for all of us. We are all from different places, have different backgrounds, political beliefs, families, you name it, we see differences in each of our lives. But the one thing we all have in common, is we are ALL children of God. My prayer is that we will take this time and come together as His Church. That we won’t just dive deeper into our relationship with God, but also with each other. Matthew 18:20 says “For where two or three gather as my followers, I am there among them”. We are all in the same boat now, let’s make sure Jesus is the captain.