Here we go again! Another awesome day in The Lord. There may not be anything special to day 19 for you, but God has a special reward for those who diligently seek Him. He has your reward! He is the reward! He has more on day 19 to give than yesterday, and I pray a special outpouring of His glory and grace to continue in strength, life, and provision today!
God is good and continually blesses our mouths with good thing. Whether we are eating or not, He nourishes our soul and spirit with true manna from heaven. Every single one of us is seeking Him in prayer and fasting for a reason and a purpose. I have encouraged you to make a list of things to be praying and declaring over the length of the fast. Do not neglect to pray for these things. On my list are the impossible things, supernatural healing, wisdom from heaven, open doors, souls, nations, freedom and breakthrough. Do not allow discouragement to dishearten you from pressing in and continuing to lift these things up in prayer to the Lord.
We do not see all that is taking place in the spiritual realm, but we know this:
James 5:16-18 tremendous power is released through the passionate, heartfelt prayer of a godly believer! 17 Elijah was a man with human frailties, just like all of us, but he prayed and received supernatural answers. He actually shut the heavens over the land so there would be no rain for three and a half years! 18 Then he prayed again and the skies opened up over the land so that the rain came again and produced the harvest.
Passionate, diligent, earnest prayers from a believer walking in righteousness have the power to change things that happen in the spiritual realm. We discuss this more in “Shifting the Heavens“. What is does not mention in this passage is that Elijah had to go before the Lord and pray seven times before He began to see the fruit of his prayer for rain to return to the land (1 Kings 18:42-46). Elijah’s powerful prayers were not immediately answered. He had to press through to breakthrough. He had to get past his doubts, fear, worries, and seeming lack of power to experience the blessing that God had promised would come. He had to look to the promise and press in until he saw fulfillment of that promise.
Later, we see an interesting story taking place in Judges 20 that demonstrates the point even more fully. During a time when Israel was without a leader, every man did what was right in his own eyes. Here, the city of Gibeah, of the tribe of Benjamin, had committed an atrocity. Their fleshly desire to abuse and injure a Levite led them to instead rape and murder his female slave. Instead of repenting, the entire tribe of Benjamin “backs their boys” and goes out to war against the rest of Israel who is coming against them as retribution for turning from The Lord and committing this atrocity.
Israel asked The Lord if they should war against Benjamin and who should go first. God speaks for them to go and put Judah first. Following God’s direction, 22,000 men of Israel are slain during Israel’s defeat that day. Israel goes to God again and asks if they should return to the battle. God says go, and at the instruction of God, 18,000 more people are slaughtered and Israel defeated. Israel, God’s people fighting for justice and righteousness, are sorely defeated because they listened and obeyed God’s words explicitly.
Why was this happening? Why were they defeated? What was taking place?
Twice, Israel went through devastating tragedies and they were doing right. They were obeying the law. Whatever else was happening, there was tremendous discouragement was taking place over their defeat. This is their response:
Judges 20:26-28 Then all the children of Israel, that is, all the people, went up and came to the house of God and wept. They sat there before the Lord and fasted that day until evening… So the children of Israel inquired of the Lord… saying, “Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of my brother Benjamin, or shall I cease?” And the Lord said, “Go up, for tomorrow I will deliver them into your hand.”
Again, the people of Israel return to the Lord. This time, it says that all the people came to The Lord with repentance, fasting and prayer. We do not know if all the people were unified before, but now, they know they need a breakthrough and only God can help them. Their military prowess has been overwhelmingly defeated and only God can give them the breakthrough. In unified hearts, prayers, and fasting, they follow the instructions of the The Lord and 30 of their people die in the battle the next day, but 25,100 of the tribe of Benjamin are defeated. Whether the change was in their hearts, mind, or actions, they finally come into line with The Lord and gain their victory and breakthrough.
This is my encouragement for today, it is in repentance, fasting, and prayer that our hearts fully come into line with God, His plans, and His purposes. Whether the change takes place in us or in the spiritual realm, we cannot always understand or know. What I do know is that we must press through to breakthrough. A butterfly must struggle to be released from its chrysalis or it will never have the strength to fly in the power it has been given. It will languish and die if released by some other unseen force beyond its own struggle. Through the struggles, it is empowered to breakthrough and fly. May this word be manifest in us today. Through your struggling and warring with God in the secret place, may you press through and gain the strength and sustenance to breakthrough and walk in the next levels with Him.
Jesus, help me to never give up on following You and what You have called me to do, say, pray for, or walk in. I trust You to complete Your promises even as You strengthen me to press through every hindrance into the destiny You have designed for me.
- Ask Holy Spirit to bring to remembrance the promises spoken to you that you may not be pressing in to see take place at this moment.
- Ask for a renewal of strength to press in for the breakthrough in these areas
- Ask for His patient perseverance to press through the fear, worry, unbelief, and other obstacles
- Continue to press through for the breakthrough
I bless you to receive the power and strength of The Almighty to press through that the breakthrough may take place in you and the lives of all those around you.
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!