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Worshiping In The Waiting

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.

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Seeking God's Favor

The book of Nehemiah is a great story of prayer and action.  Nehemiah, whose name means "Yahweh comforts," is the cupbearer of King Artaxerxes of Persia.  You may recall that Persia conquered Babylon and was the dominant empire during his time.  Nehemiah learned that the remnant of Jews in Jerusalem were "in great trouble and shame.  The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire."  Nehemiah's response?  He wept and mourned for days, and he continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

 His primary purpose?  For God's favor.  

 What does seeking God's favor really mean?  It's easy for my mind to wander to materialistic things, recognition, or "hoping God makes things easy or comfortable."  However, as we are learning through our study in Genesis and the life of Joseph, this is not necessarily the case.  Joseph finds favor but spent years in prison!  Not necessarily easy or comfortable.  

 As the king’s cupbearer, Nehemiah tasted food for the king to make sure it was not poisoned.  As such, he had a most trusted position before the king.  Yet, as Nehemiah mourned for Jerusalem, he sought the Lord diligently through prayer and fasting, seeking God's favor in the matter.  Specifically, this meant he had to ask the king to return to the "place of his father's graves."  As he prayed to the Lord, he acknowledged God by stating, "O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments." He then goes on to say, "let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer of your servant" and he asks the Lord for success and to “be granted mercy today” in the sight of the king.  What is incredible in this passage (chapter 1, verses 4-11) is that Nehemiah is praying while conversing with the king!  The Lord grants favor to Nehemiah and does so by having the king invite Nehemiah's request.  This is truly an example of the Lord going before Nehemiah – incredible!

  Nehemiah acknowledged the greatness of God, thus realizing his inadequacy as we see in his confession of the sins of his people and himself (his reference of "we").  Nehemiah trusted in the Lord's promises.  

 To clarify, seeking God's favor is not earning God's favor.  As we know from Ephesians 2, it is by grace we have been saved, and not by works.  God is the Author and Perfecter of our faith.  We, as genuine followers of Christ, are His heirs!  

 As we fast and pray today, let's seek the Lord’s favor by recognizing that what we are seeking is for Him to be glorified in us and through us, and for His will to be accomplished.  

 Prayer Application:

 ME:  As you pray today, pray that the Lord grants mercy and favor to you as you seek to glorify Him in your decisions and in your interactions with your family and co-workers so that you will have opportunities to share Christ with those around you.

 US:  Pray for our church family, that we would find favor with our upcoming spring festival and Easter services, as well as for favor with our construction process (e.g. with contractors, city officials, neighbors, etc.).

 THEM:  Pray for our church fellowship (Great Commission Collective) that the Lord would grant favor as we desire to continue to plant churches and spread the gospel.  Pray also for Christ's global church that we would collectively have favor as His gospel is preached and shared to the "ends of the earth."


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