Fasting and Prayer – June 19, 2019

1 Kings 20.1-21.29; Acts 12.24-13.15; Psalm 137.1-9; Proverbs 17.16

When the people of God felt God calling them to do something, they didn’t just run off and do that thing. For instance, in Acts 13, the Holy Spirit prompts them to send Barnabas and Paul (formerly Saul) to go on a missionary journey. You would think just the simple fact the Holy Spirit called them to this was enough, yet they spent time in prayer and fasting prior to sending them on their way. How do we prepare for things we hear God calling us to do? Do we just rush off, or do we spend time in the presence of God, focused on how he helps us to accomplish that which he called us to do?

Questions:

“A warrior putting on his sword should not boast like a warrior who has already won.” Describe a situation today for which this is really good advice.

Do you think more people come to God because of the powerful things they see or because of a life of consistent presence? Why do you think this is the case?

In what ways does the bashing of babies heads seem foreign to what we think should appear in scripture?

Why is it senseless to educate a fool? To what situations can this proverb be applied today?

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