The Daily Word: Saturday, June 19th, 2021
1 Kings 20:1-21:29
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. – Acts 13:3
Barnabas and Saul were set apart for a wonderful work. The Lord would send them all over the known world to preach the Gospel! They had the privilege of telling people about Jesus! Much was at stake, and time was of the essence. But before Barnabas and Saul left, they made time for three things:
1) They fasted.
2) They prayed.
3) They asked people they trusted to “lay hands on them.”
Before you move, make time to fast. Separate yourself from your daily routine and seek the Lord! Use the time you would normally take to choose food, prepare food, and eat food, and devote it to the Lord instead. Talk with Him! Ask Him to prepare you for what is coming.
Before you move, take time to pray! Hebrews 1:14 says that angels are “ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation.” If you pray before you go, God will prepare the ground ahead of you! He will go before you to drive out your enemies, and come behind you to establish His goodness.
Before you move, ask people to pray for you. Ask them to minister to you through the laying on of hands! When people you trust – your church leaders, your family members, your friends who believe in Jesus – pray for you, the anointing will come upon you in a greater measure than ever before. Don’t settle for people praying for you from a distance after you leave! Ask them to pray in person before you go.
If you take the time to seek God before you move, He will direct your steps and make His presence known in your life!
Father, help me to be patient. Remind me that the most urgent things I can do are fasting, prayer, and receiving ministry! Help me to take time to do it right, so that Your word and Your will can be proclaimed wherever I go, in Jesus’ name!
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