Today's reading

Exodus 29:37-46; Philippians 3:7-11

January 4, 2022

Prayer & Fast - Day 2

Exodus 29:37-46; Philippians 3:7-11

The setting for this passage in Exodus is a description of the role of the priests in the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle was constructed because God wanted to be with His people in the wilderness. Our God is a “with us” God. From the tabernacle to the temple, from the manger to the human heart, God wants to be with us and for us to know Him as we are known.The word translated as “know” in verse 46 in Hebrew is the word “ya’da”. It is the same word used in Genesis 4:1, “Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain…” (ESV). It is used over 900 times in Scripture. Its meaning goes beyond a casual knowing to include a knowing that is intimate in nature.The Apostle Paul writes of a similar knowing in Philippians. He had been a follower of Jesus for over 25 years when he writes, “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;” (Phil 3:10, NIV, paraphrased.) The transliteration of the word “know” in Philippians 3:10 is “ginosko”, also a knowing that connotes intimacy. The longing of Paul’s heart was to know Jesus in ever-increasing intimacy.It has been said, you will never drift into intimacy, it has to be intentional. This is true in marriage, in friendships, and in our relationship with the Lord. For us to know Him will require intentionality on our part. This time set aside for prayer and fasting is an intentional invitation to know Him more deeply. Lean in, listen, rest, and wait. He wants you to know Him, He wants to be with you.

prayer focuses

In what ways is the Holy Spirit speaking to You from God’s Word?  How can you apply this to your life? Take some time to journal your thoughts.

Prayer May the Lord open our eyes to see Him, our hearts to hear Him, and our hearts to know Him and love Him more deeply. Help me be more intentional to . . .

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At the beginning of each year, as a church, we set aside time for prayer and fasting. We believe God deserves our full attention and our best. So, before we fill our calendars for the year, we want to listen.  We say with Samuel, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening”. (1 Sam 3:9)

These daily readings are collection of thoughts and scripture to use as prompts to invite you to dig deeper - to listen and lean in. Use the scriptures as a springboard to explore further. Consider praying through the scriptures given and let the Word of God speak.

We are praying that you will hear from God in personal and powerful ways over the next 14 days and beyond!