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Ezra 8-10: Fasting and Praying for Protection
Ezra is making his way from captivity in Babylon, with a group of returning exiles, back to Jerusalem. It took Ezra and the caravan he was traveling with four months to traverse the nearly 900 miles. Before their journey, Ezra leads the group of returning exiles in fasting and praying.
Ezra not only proclaims a time of fasting and praying, but he also leads the people in humbling themselves before God as they seek safety for their long journey. These weren’t just a group of men, the caravan included families—wives, children, mothers, fathers, and all their possessions.
Ezra told King Artaxerxes that the group did not need his army of protections for the journey, “since we had told the king, ‘The hand of our God is for good on all who seek Him, and the power of His wrath is against all who forsake Him’” (8:22). So, the group fasted and asked God for protection, and God heard them. After fasting and praying, the caravan departed. Verse 31 records that the hand of God was on them and that He delivered them from the hand of their enemy and from ambushes along the way.
What is it that you need the hand of God over in your life today? Have you prayed about it? Have you fasted? We are so quick to head over to social media and ask our friends to pray about a particular need. Yet, we ourselves have not prayed about that need, let alone fasted.
Tell us what you will be fasting and/or praying about today.
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Let's be intentional about focusing on God’s Word and the truths found there. Let's let it inspire us to live out our faith each day in a way that causes those we come in contact with to want what we have found. God sees you. He knows you by name, He knows the number of hairs on your head, and He cares about every detail of your daily existence. He wrote you a Love Letter. Let’s dive in!
9/27/2022 12:39:52 pm
It's been too long since I felt passionate enough about something to fast along with my prayer practice...
9/27/2022 01:33:23 pm
Me too, Michele. :-/
9/28/2022 08:36:28 am
Patsy, I so appreciated these Ezra insights this morning. May we pray, fast, and seek God BEFORE we start a journey. THEN we go. So simple, and we know it, but what a good reminder because we do forget. Blessings, friend!
9/28/2022 02:38:30 pm
We DO forget, don't we, Joanne!? I know I do! Reminders are great, and needed!! :)
9/28/2022 03:28:12 pm
9/28/2022 06:00:14 pm
I believe prayer & fasting go hand in hand, and we don't do enough of either.
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