22 For I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to accompany us and protect us from enemies along the way. – Ezra 8:22A NLT
Ezra was a priest and a scribe who was in captivity in Babylon during the reign of King Artaxerxes of Persia. Ezra had fasted and prayed and God had given Ezra great favor with the king. So, when Ezra determined to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple the king not only allowed Ezra to go but gave him permission to take any Jews that would volunteer to go with him. The king also gave him great treasures totaling over 110 million in today’s market to take with him to help in rebuilding the temple. (Ezra 9:26-27) Ezra had gathered the people by the Ahava Canal and they fasted and prayed for God to give them a safe journey to Jerusalem. Ezra was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers to protect them because he had told the king “Our God’s hand of protection is on all who worship him”. How many times do we ask God for something and He answers but then we decide we need a plan B just in case? We should be like Ezra, we should be ashamed to ask the world to give us what our God has already promised to us that He is the author and the finisher of our faith, He has begun a good work in us and He will complete it. When God gives us a mission, we need to fast and pray and then take the first step. Trust Him, He will provide.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous