Dear Harvest Family,
We encourage you to set your hearts and a window of time, to pointed prayer and fasting this week. Here is a suggested focus for today.
FASTING FOR DELIVERANCE AND PROTECTION
"There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.” So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer. - EZRA 8: 21-23
Ezra declared a corporate fast and prayed for a safe journey for the Israelites as they made the nine-hundred- mile trek to Jerusalem from Babylon.
Here, fasting was a means to petition God for deliverance and protection from people and circumstances that threatened safety and security for the people of God. We certainly have no shortage of similar threats in our current day, so we follow this example, beseeching help from God, confident in the deliverance and protection we have in Him.