Things are not okay right now. Boys, men, girls, women, little children, and others in between are being mistreated, abused, trafficked, drugged, forgotten, ignored; and this is not okay. It’s reassuring and comforting to know that it’s okay to admit that THINGS ARE NOT OKAY RIGHT NOW. It’s not only okay to admit that our hearts are broken over this – over our own sin and over our broken world. It is right and Godly to admit it! Not only this, either, but there is more action to be taken!
God wants our response to our sin and our broken world to be a contrite heart.
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” – Psalm 51:17
Things are NOT okay right now. Jesus isn’t here, yet. We’re not perfect. We’re not with Him, yet. Things will NOT be okay until we are with Jesus. So what can we do?…Ask Jesus to come back by praying and fasting.
“The days will come when the Bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.”
Practical Application: Prayer and Fasting
I have been and still am learning more about prayer and fasting. I know that God calls us to pray and fast, because it’s talked about in Scripture. (Isaiah 58, Jonah 3:6 – 10, Joel 2:12 – 13, Daniel 10, Matthew 6:16 – 18, Luke 4:1 – 13) I encourage you to seek God on how He is calling you to pray and fast. I don’t know what it is, but I know that He wants you to spend time with Him. If something is taking up a lot of your time (Internet, video games, cell phone, work) write down a specific amount of time (hours, days, weeks) where you will use the time usually spent with/on ______ to instead be with the Lord. I pray you grow in intimacy with the Lord, and that He shows you more of His goodness, His faithfulness, and His unconditional love.