Prayer of the Day

Week of Prayer for Church Unity

January 19th, 2015
""Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"" Mark 2 : 18

Fasting is a sign of reverence to God and that is very dear to the Jews.  They celebrate the festival of the day by fasting and repentance in the hope that the Messiah would come soon.  Jesus and His followers did not observe the fast,  so they did not escape their notice.  In no time they came to Jesus and asked Him about it,  pointing out that the disciples of John and the Pharisees do fast.  Jesus replies at once that the people cannot fast when the bridegroom is with them.  He is the bridegroom, the Messiah for whom Israel,  the bride,  has been waiting.  His presence is a reason for celebration.  For as long as He is with them the disciples have no time for mourning or sorrow.  They have no reason to fast.  Jesus brings in the good news of salvation,  and with joy ushers in the Messianic age.  Jesus said before His Ascension, “I am with you always until the end of time.”   If we truly believe this we will never be crushed by sorrow and loneliness.

Prayer Lord, we pray for those struggling to turn to God. May the words of the Lord's prayer help bring them into God's loving presence. Lord hear us. Amen