PRAYER & FASTING

This past Sunday as Guy Sotille spoke on Matthew 4:4, (Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'") I was convicted to fast and pray from then until our mission trip to Eleuthera. The team was fasting that day in expectation of gathering that night to break the fast and pray together. I don't know why, but I ignore God's direction. I just shrugged off the Holy Spirit like a door to door sale man and kept moving forward. 

Tuesday nights are special nights for me. We gather with our small group to eat, study, pray, & just do life with one another. At the end of the night, my brother Chad Bloodworth asked everyone to pray for him as he had been called to fast up until the time of the trip. Once again, the Spirit did something in my heart… and once again, I was so apathetic. I knew the Lord was leading me to fast and pray in expectation for the trip, but I acted on nothing.

Last night, a buddy of mine called Kevin Carroll spoke at Celebrate Recovery after I led music worship. After his testimony the Spirit led him to remind everyone that somethings only happen through prayer and fasting. This was it. Three times, Lord!? God was speaking loud and clear; but this time it was an expanded message. You see, the trip to Eleuthera falls at the same exact time as our Celebrate Pentecost Worship Night. I feel as though God was saying to me (and may be saying to our team even now) "I want my Spirit to do something miraculous there that night, but 'some things only happen through prayer and fasting.'" I love how God quotes scripture! Haha. 

So that's it. I'm believing that through us fasting and praying, God's presence will fall on that place on May 27th in a way that is only appropriate as we remember and celebrate Acts 2. I'm not going to go into detail regarding what me or Chad are fasting from, but I would encourage you to ask God if this is for you. I'm believing it. I'm not backing down. I'm going to play my part. Would you join me?

Posted by Josh Maze at 11:21 AM