“And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.” Luke 4: 14-15 (ESV)
We are completing 21 days of prayer and fasting. Jesus spent 40 days in the desert where he prayed and fasted. Scripture tells us at the end of those 40 days, in the flesh Jesus was hungry. But we see in this season of temptation that Jesus was filled with power and might. Isn’t it interesting that Jesus spent time in fasting, temptation and testing….and then he began his ministry?
Jesus was prepared and he was filled, not with the things of the world but rather with the anointing and fullness of the Holy Spirit. We are called to step up and step out in the same power of the Holy Spirit that filled Jesus. As followers of Jesus, His commission is our commission too. We are called to do good, proclaim freedom to those who are imprisoned, heal the sick and brokenhearted, give sight to the blind, and testify of the Good News of Jesus Christ to all who are oppressed (Acts 10:38, 42).
It is time for us to move forward in what the Holy Spirit has spoken to each of us through this present time of fasting and prayer. We are called to continue to humble ourselves, seek God’s presence every day, read His Word, and seek the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to do the work He was called each of us to do. Spend extravagant time reading and doing Scripture, praying for the Holy Spirit to fill you, guide you, and mold you.
Recently Pastor Bryon has spoken about atomic habits, specifically getting 1% better every day. Our personal reflections during these past 21 days center around how to get 1% better every day by adding periods of fasting at least a day per week. What are some of your reflections and challenges the Holy Spirit has spoken to you?
It should be our heart’s desire to learn to grow closer to Jesus, mirroring His image…more of Him, and less of us.
by Bill and Elaine Lang
Bill and Elaine have served the Lord together since 1983 and have been members of Kingsway Church since 2007. They have served in worship, life group, and mission team leadership. They have two married sons and an adult daughter, along with five grandchildren, and will celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2020. They are avid readers and podcast listeners on all subjects related to the kingdom of God and His mission, with great passion to help people find and follow Jesus. Bill currently serves as a member of the Kingsway Church Board.