This is another great study -Â as is,Â the central verse (Acts 13:3) for meditation: ‘So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.’
Selwyn writes the following: “As they did so (fasted and prayed) , the Holy Spirit spoke to them, indicating that He had a special work to do through Barnabas and Saul (Paul) … once the Spirit had made known His will, they continued to fast and pray. How committed these early disciples were to waiting before God in believing prayer. If this same situation occurred in today’s Church, upon hearing the Spirit’s voice we would no doubt rise to take immediate action. These believers, however, sensed that Baranabas and Saul were about to enter an historic moment, and they needed to be sure everything they did was in tune with the will of God. We should be aware that sometimes hasty action is worse than no action.”
I must admit that this is one of my main faults – as soon as I sense the will of God for a particular area of my life, I’m often off and running – the hardest lesson for me is to be patient and with believing prayer, wait for ‘the right time’ .
So, the prayer for today as far as I’m concerned – is right on target: “O Father, teach me how to take every step in the atmosphere of believing prayer. And save me from doing anything in a rush. Slow me down, dear Lord, that I might keep pace with Your purposes. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
An additional point from today’s study, is that whenever there is something of importance to pray for, that ‘fasting’, goes hand in hand with believing prayer – do you agree that fasting is not often practised in today’s Church?