Stop To Pray

“So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.” – Ezra 8:23

This morning I asked the Lord to show me something new in his Word. Something fresh. Something just for today. After reading a few chapters in Ezra, nothing really jumped out at me. Then I came across a passage about fasting. Since I’m participating in a Daniel Fast right now, those verses got my attention.

Ezra and the Israelites were making the 900-mile trek back to their homeland. When they stopped to camp near the Ahava Canal, Ezra proclaimed a fast. The people humbled themselves and turned to the Lord, praying that God would grant them a safe journey through the difficult and dangerous territory. Ezra 8:31-32 tells us what happened: “The hand of our God was on us, and he protected us from enemies and bandits along the way. So we arrived in Jerusalem, where we rested three days.”

As we journey together on this Daniel Fast, we must also stop to pray. This road that we’re traveling is arduous at times, and we need God on our side. Just as He was faithful to answer the prayers of the Israelites, He will also respond to our requests. May the gracious hand of our God be upon us and give us rest as we put our trust in Him.