"God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." James 4:6
"Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free, and break every yoke?" Isaiah 58:6
When we are faced with a crisis or a dilemma, our first reaction is not to humbly wait on God. We start talking, managing, and manipulating. We start "doing something." We are far too quick to blame others; quick to shift the focus off of ourselves or onto external circumstances. We look to escape. We try to control our image and other people. The tell-tale signs that this may be occurring in your life are feelings: Fear, frustration, fatigue, and failure.
What needs changing in your life? What are your feelings telling you? What hurt, hang-up, or habit have you been trying to ignore? The greatest hurdle is just to admit, "I have a problem, I have a need, I have a hurt." It's hard because it's humbling. It says, "I'm not God and I don't have it all together as much as I'd like everybody to think that I do." God knows it, you know it, and those close to you know it, so you just need to admit it. It means being honest and facing a problem that you've wanted to ignore for a long time.
Father in Heaven, I am ready to humble myself before you. I enter into a fast to learn how to experience your grace. During these 21 Days of Prayer, bring to light those besetting sins that hurt my relationship with You and my effectiveness in Your mission. May I experience a new level of freedom and victory as I lean into you this day. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
On the journey with you,