What a journey we have been on this week!
So many times, waiting on the Lord is necessary for both our sanctification and to fully see the blessing that the Lord has for us in the waiting. Luke 2:25-38 gives two different examples of people who were waiting on the Lord in different ways. First look at Simeon, righteous and devout, who was waiting for the Christ. He was blessed in the waiting and pronounced blessing on Christ in such a beautiful way when he FINALLY laid his eyes upon him. He was a man who worshipped in the waiting. Next we see Anna who, “did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.” She spoke the truth of who Christ was from the clarity brought forth through her extended times of prayer and fasting. She did not have a specific reason for her fasting and praying, but the Lord blessed her discipline and she saw the Messiah! Both Simeon and Anna lived with hope in the waiting and they worshipped! This week of fasting does not have to be a one-off experience or something that is only done for a specific purpose; you can do this in some form throughout the regular days of your life! The sensitivity to the Spirit of God would be astounding given this type of regular discipline should you choose to undertake such a pursuit.
Our hope is that this week of fasting has caused you to worship with more clarity then you maybe typically do. Fasting typically has an effect such as this. It is so easy for to forget our reflection so quickly… that we are children of God called to holiness and relationship with Christ every day of our lives. Our fasting mimics our hunger to be in relationship with the most High. John Piper states that, “The supremacy of God in all things is the great reward we long for in fasting. His supremacy in our own affections and in all our life-choices.” Where do you see greater affection for Christ through your fasting? Where are you questioning the decisions that you typically make through your fasting? Do not shy away from that which the Holy Spirit is seeking to teach you through this time of fasting. He is worthy of your complete and utter devotion!
ME – Spend some time blessing the Lord for His amazing faithfulness to you! Write it out it out to keep as a stone of remembrance. Where is your devotion to the Lord being challenged through this week? Commit to Christ anew in any way that the Holy Spirit is challenging you.
US - Pray about who in our body that you can share your experience with. If we keep our commitments and reflections to ourselves, then we often miss out on blessing or challenging those within our body and cementing our own needed changes!
THEM – Spend some time praying for our church we planted in Romania as well as the Great Commission Collective. That whatever season they find themselves in, whatever they are waiting for God to show up and do, that they would worship. That they would remain under whatever trial they are facing and look to the Lord for strength as they worship Him.