June 29, 2017

Day 21: Done, and Done.

The final day of the fast, wow!

Were there moments you felt like you wouldn’t be able to complete the fast? That’s pretty normal, but God is merciful.

Leading up to the fast, you’ll recall that I encouraged you to journal throughout this experience, and on the first day of the fast, we reflected on how the Lord hears us the first time we pray about something.

This is a good time to flip back to the first page of your journal notes from the fast. What do you notice as you review your notes? What has the Lord revealed to you?

Since we know the Lord hears us as soon as we call on Him, I think this is a perfect time to celebrate the fact that whatever you are praying about is done. Whatever your “it” is, it’s already done.

You may be asking, “Now, how do you know that?”

In John’s account of Jesus’ crucifixion in chapter 19, it states, “When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

When Jesus said, “It is finished,” He wasn’t just letting everyone know that He was about to die. He declared that every detail of the prophecies about Him had been fulfilled. Let’s look at one of the Old Testament prophecy’s about Jesus.

Isaiah 53 proclaims what Jesus accomplished for us on the cross. In this prophecy, we discover that in addition to paying the penalty for our sins so that we can have salvation, Jesus also carried our grief and sorrows to the cross. Through His physical sufferings, he bore our sicknesses so we can be healed. (Matthew 8:17)

The depth of what Jesus accomplished on the cross is amazing! Our salvation is about so much more than getting a golden ticket to Heaven.

When we meditate on all that He accomplished for us on the cross, we realize that not only have our prayers been heard, they have been answered!

While we may not see (just yet) the manifestation or the tangible evidence of all that Jesus did for us more than 2,000 years ago, His Word declares that it’s done!

 

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