Day 9: Come Away
As we press on in this 21-day fast, we need to remember that Jesus modeled for us the wisdom of coming away with the Lord.
If Jesus needed the power of the Holy Spirit in His life and ministry on Earth, then you and I need that same power all the more. The days are not getting any easier. The church desperately needs to regain the edge for the battles ahead. We need the “edge” of the power of the Holy Spirit operating in our lives.
The heartfelt words of the great Christian missionary, Hudson Taylor, bring this need into clear focus: “But has the whole church ever, since the days before Pentecost, put aside every other work and waited for Him for ten days, that that power might be manifested? Has there not been a source of failure here? We have given too much attention to methods and to machinery and to resources, and too little to the Source of Power—the filling with the Holy Ghost.”
Hudson Taylor knew by experience the power of God and the influence it had through his work and ministry laboring in China. He founded China Inland Ministries in 1865 and broke new ground into that closed country. He began a lasting work that still impacts lives today. In the days before Pentecost, the church waited upon the promise of God. The Holy Spirit knows when we need to fast and pray. It is beyond my ability to even fathom what great things could be wrought on this earth if God’s people would heed the Spirit’s voice and follow His leading.
We rarely desire to be in the extremes of the wilderness, but the same Holy Spirit who leads us into blessings can also lead us to the desert to come away for a season of fasting and prayer. The thing to remember is if He is leading, He is with you!
Christians cry out, “God, use me. God, I want Your purposes manifest in my life.” But fasting is not fun. It’s a choice. And it is work! One thing that I believe all Christians must come to realize is if we are going to walk with God, at some point we need to get out of our comfort zone. Life brings extremes. When the Spirit of God leads you into a season of fasting, I encourage you to follow Him and to trust that you will “return in the power of the Spirit.” We want everything with a shortcut, but remember that His timing is perfect, and your time will come.January 14, 2013 | Permalink