Ezra 8:21 - Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions… 23 So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.
Throughout the history of God’s people, fasts were both ordained by God and proclaimed by God’s people. As Ezra and a remnant of God’s Old Covenant people were returning to Jerusalem to be a part of the building and re-building process, a fast was proclaimed.
Fasting is a way to humble ourselves before the Lord. Fasting is a posture we arrive at as we act upon our faith in God’s goodness and provision plus a collision with a pressing need that has a potential deadline. Therefore, fasting is an act of faith and act of humility. It is taking an outward posture of an inward reality regarding our dependency upon God in our decision making as we walk through life and the valleys of the shadow of death that He is our Great Shepherd and Great Provider.
Fasting is the most intense way to seek, hunger and thirst for who God is and what He has promised to be revealed and made known (experienced) in our time of need.
I have such a stirring that as we move forward towards the mission of Dwelling Place that the Holy Spirit is witnessing that multiplication will result as we faithfully follow the Lord’s way in regards to our possessions (money and belongings) and our children.
With that said, Dwelling Place Church is faced with some decisions that affect both in regards to our future gathering place, land acquisition and building.
This is the heart of this three day fast. God will hear and God will act. Be empowered and confident!
Most are fasting on Thursday - Saturday of this week! Be sure to join us at ALL NIGHT PRAYER this Friday evening at 10p!
Pastor Chad Craig