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Jan 15

Daniel Fast Devotion - Day 2

Posted on January 15, 2020 at 2:08 PM by Shiloh Baptist Church

Remnant Compassion: 
“Compassion for God’s people who hurt” 
Sunday, January 5, 2020
Day 2


Read: Nehemiah 1:1-11; Isaiah 40: 3-5

Key Verses: 
2 and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. 3 And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.” 4 So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven,” Nehemiah 1:2b-4 (NKJV).

Key Reflection: 
vv. 2b-4   When we look at Isaiah 40:3-5 in conjunction with Nehemiah 1:1-11, the desolation and distresses of the church should deeply concern us as Christians and move us to earnest prayer, for there is no other method for bringing relief to God’s people, or directions for ourselves as to the way in which we should render help.

Thought: 
William Booth could not sleep one evening, so he went for a walk down to the poor side of London and there he saw the impoverished and beaten half-lives that existed. The rain was beating down on some of London’s marginalized who were sleeping near the curbsides. When he returned home, he told his wife, “I’ve been to hell." Out of that nightmarish experience came the dream of the Salvation Army. If Booth had not left the security of his home, he might never have known of the needs of the homeless masses. (Green, 2000, p. 349).

Prayer:
Father, please open our eyes to the needs of others around us and help us to rally to your call to action.  

Question:
1. Do I have compassion for others?

2. What am I doing for others?