Nourishment of prayer and fasting
May 08, 2018 at 6:00 AM
A group of individuals from AMI San Lucas in Guatemala join hands in prayer during a previous day of prayer and fasting. (Photo submitted)
Nourishment of prayer and fasting
By Dan Breen
When God designed man in his own image, he designed him with an innate craving for nourishment.
Jump back in history to the beginning of the human race in the Garden of Eden. Imagine the physical nourishment Adam and Eve had at their fingertips as they strolled through Eden’s produce aisle, planted by God himself. It was probably the truest earthly foretaste of the feast of heaven.
That’s not only because of the physical food, but the perfect connectedness they were experiencing with their Creator. The physical nourishment from Eden would have played second fiddle only to the spiritual nourishment the world’s first couple had in their daily walks with the Lord.
Sadly, we all know this perfect story ends in an abrupt, cataclysmic way, completely altering the course of the human race.
Adam and Eve are suckered into the scheming serpent’s allure to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and in the time it takes to swallow one bite of the forbidden fruit, the perfect utopia becomes a ruined masterpiece.
Farewell perfection. Hello sin.
There’s really nothing flippant about it. No way to sugarcoat it. Sin’s arrival in Eden stands the test of time as the single worst moment in the course of human history. Out of it was birthed war, famine, disease, greed and death itself.
Humans were invariably changed by the fall, but one thing that has not changed is the need for nourishment. It may have even been enhanced as Adam’s plight now necessitated he navigate the ground’s thorns to produce a satisfactory crop.
But imagine how much more painful it must have been to have the devil’s spear wedged between the perfect relationship between God and man. How Adam and Eve must have longed to go back to the cool of the day when they walked in complete, unashamed oneness with God.
Twice a year, the Luke Society family around the globe joins together in a day of prayer and fasting. It’s a time where our attention turns to spiritual nourishment. It’s an opportunity to walk in the steps of Moses, David, Elijah, Esther, Paul and Jesus himself, to grow more deeply nourished by Scripture and the Spirit.
Our world today is filled with trouble. We need to look no further than the Luke Society ministries themselves to see the effects of conflict, persecution, famine and illness. We’re troubled by the many threats to the Gospel our directors encounter, some of which put their very lives in the crosshairs. The devil’s spear continues to wedge a chasm between us and an undivided relationship with Christ.
Amidst all this strife, we live as people filled with hope in the power of Jesus’ blood, knowing the devil’s days are numbered.
Because of Jesus, we celebrate the joys of baptisms around the world. Because of Jesus, we’re seeing the Gospel spread to new places. Because of Jesus, fear is turning into bold proclamations in His name.
We invite you to join the Luke Society around the world on Wednesday, May 9, as we pray and fast. May we boldly approach the Lord’s throne in petition, and may the Spirit fill you with spiritual nourishment to grow into a closer relationship with Him.
(If you would like to receive a copy of specific requests and notes of praise from our ministry directors to guide your prayers, please e-mail prayer coordinator Deb Den Herder at email@example.com.)