“Fast40” Prayer & Fast Journal
End of Fast and Prayer
Psalm 133 // Ray Bentley // 04/14/19
A Note About Fasting:
Fasting is an individual, personal time between you and the Lord. Choose the fast that is best for you. While fasting means abstaining from food for most people, it can also be abstaining from something else to give you deeper time in prayer and fellowship with the Lord. Not everyone can fast from food, but if you give up something in order to focus on the Lord, that can be a meaningful fast.
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” —Psalm 133:1
Our world is troubled by division on every front. Political contention, financial pressures, family tension causing breakdowns, and churches criticizing each other—our enemy works hard to divide and conquer. We need to fight back.
Every year the Lord gives me a word for my personal life and ministry. It is a word that motivates, inspires, and reflects what God is doing in our lives; a word that imparts vision for the New Year.
The word for this year, which I believe is a word for the Church from the heart of God, is UNITY.
There is no greater joy than to live in harmony with God’s people. If you can receive this message, you will discover more joy, peace, and fulfillment in your church, family, friends, neighbors and co-workers—even in your marriage or dating relationships.
Strife among God’s people is not new. Cain murdered Abel. Lot quarreled with Abraham. Joseph’s brothers hated him and sold him into slavery. King David’s sons rebelled against him. Jesus’ own disciples argued about who would be the greatest, Paul and Barnabas argued and separated—the list goes on.
As believers, our battle is not against each other! Our true enemy is not the person sitting next to you in church, or your spouse, your children, co-workers or another church.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places”(Ephesians 6).
No wonder Jesus prayed, “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:20-21).
Jesus prayed for unity!
We don’t have to agree on the details of styles of worship, traditions, or even nuances of interpretation. God asks for unity not uniformity. We can be an answer to Jesus’ prayer, united by His Spirit, His blood, and our faith in Him.
We can begin with this Forty Day Fast as we pray for unity in the Body of Christ, that as believers we will love and serve one another, united as the family of God.