Ezra 8: Fasting for Protection

There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. -Ezra 8:21

Have you ever fasted? Many of the great leaders of the Bible did. Ezra once proclaimed a fast for safety before leaving the Ahava Canal for Jerusalem.

This time fasting was not just personal, but a fast by the community of those returning to their homeland. They prayed for a safe journey for themselves, their children, and their possessions.

Much could be said about this time of prayer, but one quick thought stands out–God answered this prayer.

God desires for his people to come to him and devote prayer. This can even include times of fasting. When we do, we can rest assured God is listening and will answer according to his perfect will.

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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.

Ezra 6: Mission Accomplished

14 So the elders of the Jews continued to build and prosper under the preaching of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, a descendant of Iddo. They finished building the temple according to the command of the God of Israel and the decrees of Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes, kings of Persia. 15 The temple was completed on the third day of the month Adar, in the sixth year of the reign of King Darius. -Ezra 6:14-15

God answered the prayers of the people to once again rebuild the temple. They did, encouraged by Haggai and Zechariah.

The result? The project was completed. No longer would the temple lie in ruins. It would once again serve as the center of Jewish worship.

We often find ourselves wondering if we will ever complete the mission God has given us, the project of the day, or even the task at hand. What God has called us to do, he will empower us to complete.

Do not be discouraged. Trust in the Lord and do the work to which he has called you. He will be faithful. His power is more than enough.

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Ezra 5: A Ministry of Encouragement

Now Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the prophet, a descendant of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, who was over them. Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and Joshua son of Jozadak set to work to rebuild the house of God in Jerusalem. And the prophets of God were with them, supporting them. -Ezra 5:1-2

Many tend to think the message of the prophets was doom and gloom. This was not the case in Ezra. Two Jewish prophets, Haggai and Zechariah, specifically encouraged both the leaders and the people to do what was right.

What was their main role? We are told, “The prophets of God were with them, supporting them.”

A spiritual leaders serves many roles. One important one is the role of supporting others in need of encouragement. People often known what to do, but need someone to cheer them on to do it.

You may not feel like a prophet, but could you encourage someone to do what is right today? If you do and I do and those around us join in, the world will be a better place and God will be pleased.

 

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