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Acts of Disciples

A key principle of God’s Kingdom is that you worship with God’s people whenever possible

The Acts of Disciples
They Pray and Fast – Part I

Scripture Reading: Acts 13:1-3

Key Verse: Acts 13:2
One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.”

From the very beginning of the Kingdom of God in Christ Jesus, God not only welcomed but sought after all people. Look at the first verse in our Scripture Reading for today (Acts 13:1).

The prophets and teachers of the early church included Barnabas, a lay person; Simeon a Black man; Manaen, foster-brother of King Herod; and Saul, who persecuted early Christ-followers (before Jesus confronted him on the road to Damascus).

Though the culture of the early church was very different from the one we live in today, general principles are the same. One such principal is God loves every single living soul and wants to save everyone (John 3:16 and 1 Timothy 2:3).

Our Key Verse gives us more general principles of God’s Kingdom that are still true today. The first one is that God’s people worship together.

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit us, it seemed that the whole world came to a stop. Our lives changed dramatically, especially in how we worshipped. Churches learned new ways to allow people to take part in worship services, and this had some great benefits.

Unfortunately, the downside is that many people got out of the habit of going to church and worshiping with fellow believers. Even when the pandemic eased and we could return to church, many did not. If you happen to be one of these but simply find it easier to watch the services from your couch, please remember the command of the New Testament:

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT)

Please hear the Word of the Lord: God’s people worship together!

Another general principle we see in our Key Verse is that God’s people fast.

Jesus fasted, the apostles fasted, and the early church fasted. The key to biblical fasting is not what you fast (it does not have to be food) but finding more time to pray because of your fast. Prayer and fasting go together. Consider fasting when you have something important to pray about. I want to study more on this in tomorrow’s devotional.

Father, thank You for the blessing that comes from worship with other believers. Help me to never grow lukewarm and lax in attendance to worship opportunities. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.