1 Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. (Acts 13:1 – 3)
Theme: If not You, then Who?
Today is dedicated to Fasting. I encourage you to sacrifice at least one meal and spend extra dedicated time focusing on God. If you are considering a food fast, please take your health into account.
In today’s passage, the Holy Spirit provided very clear directions to the prophets and teachers while they were worshipping and fasting. As we consider our roles in advancing God’s kingdom, we too need clarity.
Fasting, of course, is not a bargaining chip to get what we want from God. Instead, God has elected to use this Discipline as a means of changing our circumstances, and more importantly as a means of changing us.
Please prayerfully read the passage above. During your time of fasting, ask God for increased clarity with regards to the ways He wants you to participate in the advancement of His kingdom.
- Please don’t just sacrifice meals without dedicating time for worship and prayer.
- Please consider sharing any relevant words of encouragement that come to your mind as you fast.
- Finally, if you feel led, please share any thoughts on how God has called or is calling you to service.