What would you do if you were living in a non-Christian world, where the community was filled with people who used to follow God but now follow another religion? You are the last disciple of Christ left, and one day God laid it on you that you were going to bring people back to him. Would you run and hide, or would you face your community with boldness?
This is the situation that Elijah was in in 1 Kings when God sent him to face the prophets of Baal. Elijah challenged them to see who was more powerful, Baal or his God. I'm sure there was a part of him that was afraid, but he knew he had to show no fear or the enemy would use his fear to their advantage. He even goes as far as the taunt them when Baal doesn't respond to their prayers.
In our lives today, God is always calling us to step out in boldness, but many times we don't because we're afraid. We all have our own gifts, which are matched with our unique personalities. God wants us to share with others the story of who he is through the lens of who we are in Christ.
You must be steadfast in your prayers, never giving up. Prayer is about opening up to a vulnerable state with God. We need to share our deepest emotions and feelings with him, without fear of judgment. We also need to seek his will in our prayers, asking his guidance in what we should do in our lives and where we should move in our prayers.
This week, pray about how you can bolden your prayers and how you can step out in faith more. Where has God been wanting to use you that you have been resisting?
Thoughts to consider:
- In what ways do you think fasting could affect your relationship with God and His plans for your life?
- How have you seen God working over the past week as you've been purposeful to create space for him?
- What are some areas you need to seek him more in the next week?
- Is there something in your life you've been holding on to that you need to release to God?