While they were worshiping The Lord and fasting, The Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. Even after the prophet utters God’s will regarding Barnabas and Paul, the church continues to fast and pray, no doubt for God’s continuing guidance. The leaders then place “their hands on them and sent them off”
Barnabas and Saul were sent away with very little fanfare. There was no “bon voyage” party; this wasn’t a cruise. The prophets laid hands on them, prayed for them, and immediately sent them out the door to do God’s work. When God calls us and we answer, it’s time to work. There is not figuring out “how” or “when.” We are to get busy with His work. No lolly gagging. Just ministering. We don’t have to worry about the details. God is faithful to equip those He has called.
Fasting is a way to humble yourself in the sight of God (Psalm 35:13; Ezra 8:21). King David said, “I humbled my soul with fasting” (Psalm 69:10). You may find yourself relying on God more fully for strength when you fast. Fasting and prayer can help us hear God more clearly. There are three main types of fasts: calorie restriction, nutrient restriction, and seasonal eating.
And we pray:
Father, help me to be quick to do Your bidding. Don’t let me stumble or falter out of uncertainty, but build in me a confidence that You have it all under control. When You call, I will answer. Let it be with no hesitation. Amen.
Be led by The Spirit, Amen.