This story of the father, coming before Jesus, with the image of him begging for the healing of his sone, is one that pulls at the heart strings. You can just picture the desperation in the man's eyes as he asked Jesus to please do something for his beloved son. He came to Jesus though, not in anger or frustration, but in humility.
To be humble means that we must realize our need for God. We must never forget that without God, we will return back to our sinful state and try to handle life all on our own. Without God, our life will return to having no purpose.
Sometimes, it feels like God is being slow, or not answering our prayers. We must try and not be discouraged or get frustrated. God has his own timing, and that can be hard for us. Stovall says,
God is never late and his solution is always perfect.
They key for us is to remember that God loves us and is always there for us. We are working to be drawn closer to him. The goal of fasting and prayer is to empty ourselves so we can be filled by God. That process is not designed to be easy. It's suppose to take work, and be a struggle at times. When we are done though, maybe not on day 22, but in the weeks to come we will feel God's presence in our lives in a new way.
What are some ways that you could increase your humility towards God and this process of fasting? Where have you fortogtte your need for God?
There was no worship or lay testimony today due to the ice on the roads in the early morning.