“As pilgrims and sojourners, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against your soul.” (1 Peter 2:11) We find God calling those out of regions of comfort whom He has chosen for higher purposes. But the concept of sojourning describes a purposeful travel. We are not aimless, nor are we wandering. But as Jesus said in John 3, we are blown by the wind of The Spirit. Our pilgrimage is one that cannot find its roots within the walls of the city of contentment. And this is the expression of a fast. That we are embracing the nature of our journey onward to the eternal city of glory. So we forfeit the delicacies of our time and culture. 

     Hebrews 13:14 says, “We have no continuing city. We seek the one that is to come.” And even the father of our faith, Abraham, was an example of our march toward the heavenly beckon home: “For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (Hebrews 11:10) But that is not to say there is no reward for our obedience to His leading outside of the worldly comforts of our time. For just as the children of Israel plundered the Egyptians of their wealth as they began their exodus, (Exodus 12:35-36) and just as God blessed Abraham as he left his father’s house to obey God (Genesis 12:1, 13:2), So we are promised that in our obedient departure from the temporal foundations of stability, we will experience the abundance of His blessing along our path. “And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.” (Mark 10:29-30) Set your expectation for consistent growth for this year. Your devoted consecration to seeking God and His will promises increase in this life, and reward in eternity. “…but godliness is profitable unto all things, holding promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8)

Personal Prayer Point:

“Father, no one serves you at a loss. As I’ve set myself apart for this fast, I set my expectation for Your blessing to overtake me.”

Scripture to Stand On:

(Mark 10:29-30 — 1 Timothy 4:8 — 1 Timothy 6:6)

Corporate Prayer Point:

“Father, we ground ourselves in Your leading. As a ministry, we declare we will follow where You lead. We will move when You say move. We will plant ourselves when You have commanded. We will be a church that embodies those who increase in blessing, as we decrease our carnal pursuits.”

Scripture to Stand On:

(Hebrews 13:12-13 — Hebrews 13:20-21 — 2 Thessalonians 2:11 — Philippians 2:13)