Week Six – Day 1
TODAY’S FAST – Disciple’s or Jewish Fast (Consume only liquid or broth between 8 am – 6 pm)
Read Matthew 11
“Look Around! Open Your Eyes! Listen!”
In Matthew 11, John the Baptist sends a delegation to Jesus to confirm that Jesus is truly the Messiah. John is in prison at the time and he’s probably thinking, “Hey, if I’m going to suffer for the Savior, I want to make sure that I’ve got the right guy!” Jesus’ response is simple but true. Jesus tells John’s delegation to look around, open their eyes and listen (Matthew 11:4-5).
It’s a simple yet profound truth: God is constantly at work all around us. All we need to do is open our eyes, look and listen! How often does Jesus chide us in the Scriptures by saying things like, “Let him who has ears, hear!” Why is that? Because far too many of us race through the day bent and determined to get from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible. Nothing else matters! We close everything else out of our minds. We don’t bother to look around and see where God is at work because we’re too busy, too preoccupied or too focused on our agenda for the day.
In the modern classic Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster tells us that our great enemy, the devil, majors in three areas of our lives: noise, hurry and crowds. The enemy has discovered that the more of these three things he crams into our lives, the less we will be able to focus on Christ. Noise, hurry and crowds—the three great robbers of revival for the people of God!
Jesus’ solution is to slow down…look around…open your eyes…and listen! Jesus says to us, “Be encouraged, child of God, as you observe the many and diverse ways I am powerfully at work in your world!”
Pray this week for a revival that will transform our community, a revival that is an assault on the kingdom of darkness. Pray that thousands of people will turn from sin to Christ.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NIV