From: Paul Gage
FASTING AND PRAYING FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD OCTOBER 9, 2020
The High Priests of the Restoration Branches as well as many other groups and branches have asked the Saints to observe each Sunday as a day of fasting and prayer. There are many reasons for asking the Saints to fast and pray. The ultimate objective, however, is for the return of Jesus Christ in His Glory and the establishment of His Kingdom (Zion) on earth.
Jesus is our chief example regarding fasting and prayer, as he fasted and prayed often, as indicated in the scriptures. Did you ever think of Jesus as having a "practice of prayer?" When we study the scriptures more deeply, we begin to see that Christ's practice of prayer is evident at all points in His ministry. It is the foundation of all His ministry, including healing, teaching, feeding, performing miracles, even the choosing of the Twelve.
Prayer, for those who follow Jesus Christ is not n option. In Matthew 6:1-21 Jesus give as series of "When," rather than "Do." He tells us that When we doest alms, when we pray, and when we fast to do these things in certain ways and not like those who pretend. It seems very apparent from these verses that Jesus Christ expects His followers to do these spiritual disciplines regularly with sincerity, and humility. See if you can find at least six differences in these verses between the Inspired Version and the King James version. You can send me a list if you like, but send it as separate email and not in reply to this email.
We continue our efforts for the return of Jesus and the coming of His Kingdom on earth. As a part of our preparation for those great events, we have shared in the Solemn Assembly and now continue in our response to the events of the past weekend and continue on the path toward the Kingdom. The Conference of Restoration Elders has provided another Sixty Day Study Guide as our response to the Solemn Assembly. It has been posted on the CRE website and is in the mail to those who are on the Tidings of Zion mailing list.
There is no time to "fall back." We sing the hymn, "O Jesus I have Promised to serve Thee to
__________ __________. This hymn by John E. Bode has six verses. The last verse is:
O let me see Thy footmarks, And in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly is in Thy strength alone;
O guide me, call me, draw me, Uphold me to the end,
And then in Heaven receive me, My Savior and my Friend.
Thus the ongoing call from God to be prepared and be ready when the call is made, "Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him." There are two ways we must be ready to meet Jesus when He comes. In death or if we are still alive when He returns in His glory.
May His Spirit be in us and may we be in His Spirit.