Fast & Pray for our Little Ones!
Ezra called together a band of exiles remaining in Babylon to make the journey back to Jerusalem. There were almost 2000 men, plus their families, who gathered with Ezra on the banks of the river Ahiva. The 700-mile journey would be long and arduous, and the tons of silver and gold they carried made them far more at risk of attack along the way. Ezra was ashamed to ask the king for an armed escort, because he had told the king that God showed favor on those who seek him.
“Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods.” (Ezra 8:21, ESV)
I see a spiritual parallel to our lives in this story. We are on a journey and there is an enemy who is seeking to pillage and plunder our lives, families, and spiritual possessions. Many Christians fall prey to the ambushes that Satan sets and become casualties. Children and teenagers are especially vulnerable to being deceived into trading in the journey for the temporary pursuits of the flesh and the world.
Ezra 8:31 records that Ezra and the travelers made it to Jerusalem safely, “The hand of our God was on us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy and from ambushes by the way.” Perhaps ambushes were set for them, and enemies tried to attack, yet because the hand of God was upon them, they were delivered safely through their valley of the shadow of death.
Let’s pray not only for our own children (if we are blessed to have them), but also ask God for safety from the evil one for our “little ones” here at Venture in their spiritual journey. We can’t be the armed guard for our children and teenagers like God and his heavenly hosts can be!
1.Pray that God would raise up people to work and serve in our Children’s ministry. We have a big need in that area.
2.Pray that we as a church would continue to strive forward with courage and confidence in the Lord as we walk into this year.