Chloe and I read through the given text this morning. It's amazing how Paul was stoned, nearly died and then continued with all that God had called him to. No doubt he was quite a sight being so blooded and bruised.
In the context of extreme challenge after new leaders were appointed, the disciples, "with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord."
It was a moment of leadership transition and so the apostles spent a time of intense praying and seeking God. Richard Foster describes fasting as, "voluntary denial of an otherwise normal function for the sake of intense spiritual activity."
I will be among many today enjoying 'intense' prayer by using fasting. As I become the new leader of this Church we are looking for God to help us in what he calls us to. Though we do not face the same opposition as Paul we face our own challenges which we will need his help with for sure! I'm looking forward to joining with the rest of the Church tonight to be together to worship, pray and celebrate together.
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Today I'll be particularly praying for:
- For our Church family to 'own' this moment together.
- For God to re-ignite hearts towards Him and His mission.
- For a sense of His presence with us.
- For grace upon our Eldership team as we face many questions together.