Day 32

Awaken Us: 40 Days to Fast & Pray – Day 32

 

“Draw Near To God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8

We’re getting numerous messages and emails from many of you expressing how meaningful this fasting and prayer focus has been in your life.  One AFR listener in New Bern, NC says, “Since I began the fast I have found that I’m more hungry for God’s Word.  It’s just like I can’t get enough of it.  My daughter said that she came into my room one night and found me reciting scripture and praying in my sleep!”

The time we spend personally seeking the Lord is time well spent. He will always bless our efforts.  As our key verse for today indicates, God will “show up” when we seek Him.

We’re reminded at this time of year of the time that God drew near to the earth by sending His son, Jesus, as a little baby in a manger.  One of Jesus’ names is Immanuel (Matt. 1:23), which means, quite literally, “God with us.” And now, as believers, we have the promised Holy Spirit living within us, thus fulfilling Jesus’ promise that He “would never leave us or forsake us.”

The time we spend corporately seeking the Lord as churches and congregations is also time well spent. Matthew 18:20 says,For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”  So, Immanuel, “God with us,” really IS with us when we come together in His name!

As you pray this day, pray that God would give a greater awareness to His people in our country of God being “near” both in people’s personal lives, but also in our churches.

 
Terry Franklin
www.HeartfortheWorld.com

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