21 Days Fast & Pray - Day 19 : Our World
A. Devotion - Zachariah 13:9
There's a saying that goes, 'Pressure makes diamonds.' People may say this in passing to us when times are difficult. However much truth there is in that statement, the process is still painful. We all experience pressure, either externally from work, family, society, and internally from our expectations and standards. It can feel worse when we go through persecution for Christ's sake. If we are not careful that pressure can be destructive.
Pressure is also unavoidable and sometimes necessary. How we come out of it matters. If we keep our eyes on the end goal, we may run through dirt and fire but we will keep going until we reach the prize. All those scraps and cuts we gather will heal if they they are tended well. All the persecution and wounds can help to keep us focused on God's eternal goodness.
Whatever obstacle is put in our way should not be allowed to break us, but should instead refine us to prepare us for the Crown of salvation. Learn to believe that God has called you to be strong and courageous. So if you feel weak, defeated and persecuted, remember that the King of Kings is on your side. Who else have you to fear?
B. Application / Self-reflection
- Have you ever thought of and prayed for the many who are persecuted for Christ's sake?
- Can you think of at least five missionaries? Pray for them, that they will be encouraged and comforted by the reassurance of receiving the eternal glory.