When Ezra and God's people journeyed back to Jerusalem in Ezra 8, they transported gold, silver, and other valuables to be used for worshipping God at the temple. Ezra worried that bandits terrorizing the roads would rob them. Rather than asking the king for protection, Ezra called for fasting and prayer, believing God would shield them. God answered their earnest prayers and safeguarded them from harm.
When we fast and pray, it allows God to act in our lives in ways He otherwise would not. Just as Ezra had confidence, we too can be assured God will meet our needs when we call on Him, for He delights in displaying His strength amid our helplessness.
Bring your need to God with the assurance that He hears your prayers. Then marvel as God works wonders and achieves the impossible!
Ezra 8:21-23 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods. For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, “The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.” So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.
Psalms 119:68 You are good and do good; teach me your statutes.
Luke 1:37 For nothing will be impossible with God.”