Every year as a church, we pray & fast corporately for 21 days to get clear direction from God for our lives and the new year. This year, we will be reading the book of John together (1 chapter a day). Today is Day 2.
Today's Reading: John, Chapter 2
Author: Kurt Bryant
Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come." John 2:4 (NKJV)
At this early stage of fasting, you may very well be experiencing a fair amount of fatigue, headache, or even irritability. This is normal. As your body initially cleanses itself from toxins, you may seemingly not be able even to put two thoughts together. At this point, you may presume that the miracle you are fasting and praying for will not come to pass until you have "fought the good fight" of completing your 21 days of dying to the flesh.
But, we know God's ways are not our ways. His timing is not our timing.
In John chapter two, Jesus performs His first miracle of turning water into wine at a wedding feast in Cana. For clarification, Jesus did not create a 12% alcoholic beverage for an extended cocktail party. First-century Jewish wine consisted of five parts well water to one part fresh grape juice. It was a refreshing alternative to straight water. Children drank it. It would have been similar to us celebrating an event with flavored water, soda, or (as is customary in my home state of Texas) "sweet tea." This was an amazing miracle! Guests would have consumed up to 180 gallons of wine in this one-week wedding reception. This means that Jesus instantaneously produced up to 36 gallons of fresh grape juice out of thin air!
So why did Jesus initially appear to resist His mother's request to perform this awesome feat? Perhaps when He said, "My hour has not yet come," He was referring to His End Times responsibility as The Bridegroom of providing the spiritual wine at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, which will occur within the seven-year period after the Rapture and before the battle of Armageddon. Or perhaps He simply was planning to do an altogether different miracle when his mother's persistent faith prompted Him to act. Either way, Jesus immediately responded to her faith in the moment, even when it might have seemed out of season for Him.
God is waiting for us to have "NOW-faith" (not just an "end-of-fast" faith) for the miracles we are believing for, even when it seems not to be the right time for it.
Believe for an on-the-spot, out-of-season miracle that goes beyond your feelings, thoughts, opinions, or personal theology. Believe for it NOW. Believe that it could very well happen today, even if in God's timing it doesn't happen for weeks, months, years, or in the way we think it should happen. Certainly, we must do our part. Faith without works is dead. So take a new step of faith right now by declaring out loud, "Father God, I step out in faith NOW. I receive my out-of-season miracle by faith TODAY. All to Your glory, according to Your Word, in Your timing, in Your way, in the Name of Jesus. Amen!"
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