As we start this 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer, New Life encourages you to join us in thinking about the next 21 days as more than just going without food, or a spiritual battle, or a discipline to get what you need from God. All of those things will certainly be aspects that we will encounter, but there is more. This is a spiritual journey, think of it as a spiritual pilgrimage. A pilgrimage may lead you to a new place physically but primarily leads you to a new place spiritually. In Psalm 84 the Psalmist is writing about those people who had their heart set on making a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Listen to how he writes about those who are making the journey, “Blessed are those who dwell in your house.” “Blessed are those whose strength is in you.” The person making the journey is blessed, they have joy, they receive strength, in fact, they go from “strength to strength.” You’re not making this journey alone, the God who loves you more than you can imagine is calling you to a new place, a new season, a new experience of His glory. This 21-day journey is going to be life-changing, you’ve taken the first step, I can’t wait to see what God is going to do.
Psalm 84:1-2 NIV
1How lovely is your dwelling place, LordAlmighty! 2My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 3Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young— a place near your altar, LordAlmighty, my King and my God. 4Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. 84:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 8. 5Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. 6As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. 84:6 Or blessings 7They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. 8Hear my prayer, LordGod Almighty; listen to me, God of Jacob. 9Look on our shield, 84:9 Or sovereign O God; look with favor on your anointed one. 10Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. 11For the LordGod is a sun and shield; the Lordbestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. 12 LordAlmighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.
Matthew 6:33 NIV
33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
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