By Pastor Prakash Jayakumar (January 19, 2021)
Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much – Helen Keller
A few years ago we purchased an exercise bike. We had the best of intentions with the purchase. The plan was simple, we wanted to use the bike everyday so we can be transformed into the likelihood of the models who graced the box containing our new purchase. A few months after I realized the bike was a magnet to clothes. The rubber coated grab bars on the bike were ideal for hanging our winter coats.
The problem became evident, the exercise bike was not being used for its intended purpose and our quest for physical transformation was derailed. It was about that time I joined a few of our staff at Calvary to work out at a fitness centre. I soon discovered that I was far more disciplined with my weekly workout routine. Unbeknown to me, I had made myself accountable to my colleagues.
Fasting and prayer is a personal discipline, but as with many well-meaning intentions in our life it can just remain as one. The benefit of corporate prayer and fasting is we are in it together. The mutual encouragement and accountability is a sure way to keep us on track. In the midst of a lockdown and isolation it is far more easy to slip into bad habits, lack of discipline and lethargy.
More than ever we need the encouragement and accountability of the community of believers. We need to exercise our spiritual muscles so we can be transformed into the likeness of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). The author of Hebrews encourages us to “spur on another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24). May we spur each other on during this 21 day of fasting and prayer so that we may surely emulate Christ.
Lord, I am reminded today that my faith journey is made stronger when I invite other believers to walk with me. As iron sharpens iron, help us to sharpen each other and grow together!