Monday, January 3, 2011

the challenge ahead of us

Nehemiah 1:4 NLT
When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven.

That is what Nehemiah did when he heard that his family and friends back home were going through a difficult time.  Nehemiah learned that the people were living with huge amounts of stress and even depression as their city and most likely their homes were in ruins.  Their lives were about the same.

What do we do when we see people in need?  What do we do and where do we turn when we are in need?  For most people when the stress of life hits us we can't see what is happening to others.  It is hard to deal with the problems of others when we can't deal with our own.  Those problems could be from our own issues or for things far outside our control.

It is time to pray.  The challenge ahead of us demands that we spend time with God.  It demands that we hear from and trust God with the things outside of our control.  That is because God is able.  He is able to care for the little things and the big things, and He loves us enough to help through every situation.

God has called you and me to get our lives right with Him, and then when the opportunity comes forward, we are to help others who are in need.  All around our community we find hurting people.  The hurt comes in all different kinds of shapes and forms, but hurt is pretty much the same.  We need the hope that only God can give.  Further, the pain and hurt your have gone through in the past will allow us to help others.  That is, if we let it.

Yesterday the people at The Community Fellowship were challenged to join me in 21 days of prayer and fasting.  Fasting can be forgoing food or a number of other things.  The point is to focus our attention on God.  Will you join me in this challenge?

Isaiah 55:6 NASB
Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.

Matthew 7:8 NASB
For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Ephesians 3:20 NASB
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,

We are believing God for bigger things than we have seen before and for more lives to be changed by the grace of God than ever before.  This time of prayer and fasting not only demonstrates to God that we mean business, but it also sets us up to be right where God wants us.  The challenge ahead of us is worth this and so much more.

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