Monday, Aug 21, 2017
Even though many in our nation would choose and have recently chosen ungodly actions, words and even violence in attempts to get their way, as God’s people we should seek Him in the midst of strife instead of becoming despondent about the sad choices people are making. As a pastor, I often asked our church to fast and pray when facing a decision or when facing difficulty. From my perspective, fasting is not intended to attempt to coerce God into giving a certain thing or answering in a certain way, but instead is meant to help us draw close to Him and to listen to His voice. It’s a time of putting aside some things so that we have more time to enjoy His presence and to learn His heart. It’s a time to “hunger after God.”
With this in mind, and after being encouraged by some of our pastors, I’m inviting our national Mennonite Brethren family to a day of fasting and prayer as we seek God to guide us and as we collectively listen to Him—in light of what we might do as His people to help bring the gospel of peace and reconciliation to a broken nation caught up in turmoil and division.
I’m asking those who are physically able to fast and pray for 24 hours from Friday evening, September 1, to Saturday evening, September 2, or, to provide a little flexibility, to fast for 12 hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on that Friday, or 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on that Saturday. As we spend this dedicated time to listen and hear from God, let us also then respond!
I’m often drawn to Revelation 7:9-10 which provides an amazing and humbling word picture of “a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” If we’re a follower of Jesus, we’ll be in that huge mass of saved people, with every imaginable shade of skin color, equally sharing in the glory and power of God as we cry out together: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne and to the Lamb.” Can you envision it?
“Lord, may you find us faithful for being salt and light in this troubled world. Help us to be your ambassadors of peace and reconciliation, to boldly proclaim the gospel of salvation through Jesus for those who are yet to believe, and to hear your voice of guidance as we strive to do those things that will truly help bring peace and healing to our communities.”
Please join me.
USMB National Director