Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava that we might afflict ourselves before our God to seek of him a right way for us and for our little ones and for our substance
For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way because we had spoken on to the king saying, the hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him
So we fasted and besought our God for this and he was intreated of us.(Ezra 8 v 21-23) KJV
Beloved in the Lord we are very grateful to our heavenly father for bringing us to the threshold of a new year and a new season in our lives .We have not come this way before and therefore we deem it fit to separate ourselves by fasting and prayer to prepare ourselves as it were for this new journey. In so doing we are taking a cue from Ezra and his companions at the river Ahava in the Holy Scriptures.
When we fast we humble ourselves before God and submit our plans and our will to his and so we refuse to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). When we humble ourselves before God we give him the opportunity to lift us up (1 Peter 5:6). This time of fasting and prayer is also to seek God’s way for us so that we will not walk out of his will and his purpose. We want him to direct our paths (Proverbs 3:6). We need to stay in his will this year and through fasting and prayer we will get a revelation of his will for our lives.
We also need to pray for our children. As a ministry that believes in the importance of the family we need to invest quality time to seek the right way for our children especially in a crooked and perverse generation where they are subject to so many influences. It is a good time to also believe God for fruitfulness in all marriages.
We are also praying and fasting because we need divine wisdom for decisions concerning our substance which includes the right use of the resources God has given us. We thus recognise that it is the Spirit of the Lord that will give us good success (Zech 4:6)
This year as never before we need God to make a clear distinction for us as his servants who have put our confidence in him alone .When we pray and fast we activate Gods power to protect us and to preserve us (Proverbs 20:7)
It is our expectation that through this time of fasting and prayer Gods light in us will shine and be made manifest by the breaking of every yoke of the enemy by excellent health by, prosperity and generosity and by building bridges of peace and love (Isaiah 58:7-11). We will then be able to say with Ezra that we called on God and he heard our cry and entreaty.
May this year be one punctuated by dramatic answers to prayer and unusual operations of God on our behalf and may Jehovah help us (Psalm 121)
Have a blessed 2018