Join us for three days in a mid-year prayer and fasting time. As we pray and fast, we believe that the Lord God will perform great and amazing things in our lives, families, churches, and nation. Here are three devotional lessons to help you in your prayer time for the next three days. In these lessons, we will study how the Holy Spirit worked in the lives of the Apostle Paul, the early church leaders, and believers.
DAY 1: Calling AND Commissioning
SCRIPTURES: Acts 13:1-12; Romans 8:13,14; 2 Timothy 1:8,9; Isaiah 43:6,7
ACTS 13:2-3: “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.”
As the church leaders in Antioch were worshipping the Lord and fasting to seek His will, the Holy Spirit spoke to them, telling the church to set apart Barnabas and his co-worker Saul for a special calling and mission. The rest of the church continued to pray and fast. After consecrating them with the laying on of hands, the church commissioned them to go and proclaim God’s Word to the Gentiles.
As followers of Christ, we fast for several reasons. Prayer and fasting helps us focus on God and His Word. As we devote our time to Bible reading and prayer, we are able to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying. Fasting can make us sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It is crucial for us to know God’s will and purpose for our lives so that we will not just go around in circles. When we hear God’s voice, we are able make the right decisions.
The Holy Spirit is calling people who will share the Good News wherever they are. God is just looking for willing and available disciples who will obey His call so He can use them to bring His message to those who don’t know Him yet.
What was the situation when the Holy Spirit spoke to the leaders of the church at Antioch?
If you were present at that meeting, what do you think would the Holy Spirit say about your calling?
What do you feel is one new task that the Lord wants you to do in this season?
Ask the Lord to reveal His specific calling and plan for your life.
As you perceive God’s thoughts, write them on your devotional notebook.
Share that vision with your Victory group leader or prayer partner and pray for its fulfillment in due time.