The Lord loves talking to His people.He love teaching us new things, teaching us deeper things, healing our broken hearts, drawing us into His chambers, revealing answers to prayer ( some of them that we even forgot we asked). He just plain loves spending time with us. Luke 5:1 On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God…….
The Greek word for pressing is epikeimai of men, to press upon, to be urgent. To press on in the Cambridge Dictionary: to start or continue doing something in a determined way, often despite problems:
The people were determined to hear from Jesus. They expected an outcome and they were rewarded. In verse 3 Luke says………And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. No matter what their circumstances were, they were willing to keep moving forward in the direction He was going. The Lord rewards determination!
It was the same for the woman with the issue of blood in Luke 8:45. The crowd was pressing in on Jesus again and she reaches out and touches the hem of His garment and was rewarded with healing.
Phil 3:10-14 Paul talks about wanting to really know Jesus intimately and experiencing His mighty power, sharing in His sufferings and even though he wasn’t there yet he was continuing to press on to achieve that goal, the heavenly prize at the end of the race.
Fasting and prayer is just one opportunity to press in deeper. I have never fasted and not received a word from the Lord for me personally, for others and for the Church. Everything I receive from Him comes from His word (spoken to my heart or read from His word) and is confirmed through others, worship, His creation, books about Him, even books not about Him. He confirms in whatever way He pleases.
I want to stay determined no matter what I am going through. I want to keep pressing in, seeking, asking and knocking. Not only through this fast but even after it’s over, cause it’s really not over: it’s just beginning! There’s a whole boat load ( if you read the rest of Luke 5, you’ll see that was a pun) of things to come and to know. There’s so much about our Lord that we don’t know and He invites us in and to discover it!
Phillipian 3:13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead….
Day 16 of fasting for 21 Days! This fast has been pretty amazing so far and there are still 5 days left! I’ve suffered with some physical pain through it and a bit of hunger and cravings but the reward has been so worth it. The Lord used Luke 5 to encourage me to encourage others to press in and He gave me a word for our church from vs 4-11 that I may share tomorrow because it could be a word or teaching for any church.