The passage for today is a welcomed reminder that God will show us what we need to do and we can have confidence in that. God seldom leads us through our emotions, but He most often does when we are expressing our heartfelt devotion to Him. Here is the passage:
“Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were Barnabas, Simeon (called “the black man”), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas), and Saul.2One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.”3So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.” Acts 13:1-3 (NLT)
Here is what stood out to me as I read this:
1. The setting is prayer and worship. When we are praying the way Jesus taught us to, our first priority is to honor God and position ourselves to pursue His will.
2. The people were fasting as a part of their worship. Fasting helps us focus our attention on God and limit distractions.
3. There are 5 followers together praying, as well as fasting and worshipping. Having others deeply involved in our lives is a great support and protection for us. There have been several times in my life where the insight of others has protected me from heading in a direction that was either premature, or off-track. When Jesus gave the model for praying (Lord’s Prayer) it is in plural “Our Father in heaven…” God, more often than not, will use other brothers and sisters to confirm or redirect us.
If you haven’t in a while, find a couple of other followers and schedule a time to pray and fast together. You can do this with us on the Monday Prayer Night or schedule a Zoom meeting together. As you do listen to God and see how He leads!