BIBLE READING: Col. 2: 1 - 5 1 I want you to know how much I have agonized for you and for the church at Laodicea, and for many other believers who have never met me personally. 2 I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God's mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. 3 In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments. 5 For though I am far away from you, my heart is with you. And I rejoice that you are living as you should and that your faith in Christ is strong.
BLOG: I want to take a moment to revisit yesterdays' blog.
Matthew 17: 14 - 21 14 And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him,15 said, "Lord, have mercy on my son, for he has seizures and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him." 17 And Jesus answered, "O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me." 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" 20 He said to them, "Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you."
Here is my question. What do prayer and fasting accomplish? Do they move the mountain or change you?
Now I can guess that some of you are saying, both. Ok. So which comes first, the chicken or the egg? In other words, does God move the mountain and change you? Or does He change you and then move the mountain? Hmmm.
It's the latter. Why does the mountain move? Because you did.
The purpose of prayer and fasting was never to "force" God to do anything. God will always do His sovereign will. Its purpose is to increase your faith, build your trust, and deepen your relationship with Jesus. What do you think is going to happen once those things take place. You got it. Mountains move.
So, if you need a mountain moved, move yourself.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, change me and let's move some mountains together. AMEN