21 Days of Fasting & Prayer Devotional – Day 19: Keep the Fire Burning
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As we approach the end of this fast, you are probably sensing that over the last few weeks God has begun uniquely moving in your heart. Fasting has a way of quieting our hearts so that God will not only start to work in the situations we have been praying for, but he often works deeply in our hearts as we draw close to him.
Leviticus 6:9 gives us a clear picture of God’s presence in our lives. God had descended on the Tent of Meeting and kindled a fire. God’s instructions to his people were to keep the fire burning. God told Moses: “Give Aaron and his sons this command: ‘These are the regulations for the burnt offering: The burnt offering is to remain on the altar hearth throughout the night, till morning, and the fire must be kept burning on the altar.’”
God would say that every day a burnt offering would be offered in the morning at 9:00 a.m. and in the evening at 3:00 p.m. It was a reminder that devotion to God was to be continual and ongoing.
The idea behind the burnt offering is that of total devotion to God. It was a symbol of the commitment of the worshiper. Nothing would be left of the sacrifice; it would have been totally consumed on the altar in the presence of the Lord.
God has started a fire inside of us through this fast, and it is our responsibility to keep what God has sparked in each of us burning. That will require total devotion to him because it is spiritually deadly to stop what God has started in you.
This fast has given us the opportunity to give up certain things to seek God on a deeper level. While our seeking God may look different after this fast is over, the commitment and intentionality of spending time with him should remain the same.
God has started a powerful work in your life; keep the fire burning.
Leviticus 6:9 (NIV)
“Give Aaron and his sons this command: ‘These are the regulations for the burnt offering: The burnt offering is to remain on the altar hearth throughout the night, till morning, and the fire must be kept burning on the altar.
Leviticus 6:13 (NIV)
The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out.