Fasting is Key to Growth of the Church and It’s Leadership 

 

Several years ago, our church had just completed our begging-of-the-year 21 Day of Fast. The day after the fast ended, one of our staff members quit. I felt devastated. I said, “God I thought you were going to bless me because I fasted, now this?” It took a couple months, but the way we ended up replacing that person actually helped to grow the church. The new person’s experience and leadership were even more suited for our needs. Even the person that left was happier and more fulfilled in their new job.

 

Ever since that time I have learned to ask God’s blessing and hand on the leadership of our church. I learned HE is the one who picks the leaders and puts them in place. I have been praying that God would set apart for us exactly what He wants that would fit our needs for His future. Look how it worked in Antioch of the Bible:

 

Acts 13:1-4 (NIV) Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus.

 

Would you do the Church Next Door a favor and ask God to anoint who we need as leaders? I believe that God will reposition and appoint new leaders if we ask and His goals will be accomplished. It excites me to think God would care enough to direct our church.

 

PRAY: “Lord as we start this new year give us the leaders we need. Set aside men and women well prepared and anointed to lead, teach and serve. God help us to be willing to see You speaking to us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”