PREPARING FOR THE FORTY DAYS FAST
Exodus 34:1-28 says “And the Lord said to Moses, Cut two tablets of stone like the first ones, and I will write on these tablets the words that were on the first tablets which you broke. So be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself to Me there on the top of the mountain. And no man shall come up with you, and let no man be seen throughout all the mountain; let neither flocks nor herds feed before that mountain.” So he cut two tablets of stone like the first ones. Then Moses rose early in the morning and went up Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him; and he took in his hand the two tablets of stone. Now the Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord…
As we approach this time of prayer, my soul is longing for the Lord just like a deer pants for the streams of water. My soul is thirsty for God, and for the living God. I want to see Him and to see His face. I want to know His ways and to touch His grace. "I want to see You, God”. If you are not aware of it, the Lord wants close fellowship with you. As you are getting ready to seek His face through fasting and prayer, know that He is also ready for you. He is saying to you that “I’ve been waiting to reveal myself to you, to make myself known to you and to manifest myself in you”.
Just like the Lord commanded Moses in verse 2 of the above scripture, He is also commanding us to be ready this morning, and to come up mount Sinai and present ourselves there before Him on top of the mountain. The Lord commanded Moses to cut two tablets of stone so that He will write His words on it. As Unity Fellowship Church, the Lord wants to record His laws in our hearts during this fasting prayer. He is inviting us to prepare our hearts and to go up the mountain and meet Him there so that He can write His word in our hearts.
There is some preparation that we are suppose to make. You cannot go up the mountain of God empty handed. You need to prepare a tablet for God to write on, where He will imprint His word. The Lord wants His word to be written and to be deposited in your heart. This is the reason why He wants you to prepare it so that it can be ready to receive His laws. This word is coming to you and the Lord is saying “be ready, this morning to come and meet me on top of the mountain with a prepared heart”.
There are things that you are going to be hearing, things that God is going to be telling you, so the writing place has to be ready and prepared. Your heart has to be cut and shaped in order to receive His imprints. All the things that are not supposed to be in your heart must be taken out because something of God has to come and fill that space. God cannot write on a tablet that is full. If you know that there are things that God does not like in your heart; any hatred, unforgiveness, jealousy, envy, lies, and all the things which do not please Him, this is the time to get rid of them. The words that are supposed to be in your heart are those which comes from God. Get rid of everything that does not belong to Him. You cannot go up the mountain of the Lord with a heart that is not clean.
The Lord says that we should present ourselves to Him there on top of the mountain. This is what we are doing today. We are going there as a church but each person is going to present themselves as an individual. The Lord says that He wants you alone there. You cannot go there loaded with grudges and resentment. Let go of those who hurt you. Leave all of them behind. There at the mountain, there is no man, no heard, or flock allowed. God does not want to hear cows and goats on His mountain. Leave them behind, leave every sin behind; the meh-meh and moo-moo must all be left behind.
Verse 4 says, “Moses rose early in the morning and went up Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him; and he took in his hand the two tablets of stone”. The first thing that you are suppose to do today as you start your fast is to go before the Lord and say Lord, here I am, I’ve come. That’s the prayer you should make. By the time we meet at 6PM, everyone should have already gone up the mountain and presented themselves there. The invitation says that we have to go there in the morning. Do not doubt, He has called you to come to the mountain of the 40 days fast. The Lord will descend on a cloud and proclaim His name to you as you seek Him.
When Moses was on top of the mountain, he implored the Lord for His presence and requested the Lord to go among the Israelites. This is also what we need to do when we are on top of the mountain presenting ourselves. We want to see Him and to experience Him in a great way in our 2019. He will do something new and marvelous such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation. We will see the works of the Lord, for it is an awesome thing that He will do with us.
In verse 28, we learn that Moses was with the Lord for forty days and forty nights and that he neither ate bread nor drank water. We also need to deprive ourselves of physical nourishment in order to hear from the Lord. Like Moses, we will not come back empty handed. We will be changed in His presence, we will shine and be covered with His glory. We will be transformed into His likeness and His glory will reflect on us.
As Unity Fellowship Church, have a set appointment with the Lord for this forty days. He has called us and we are valuable to Him. He wants us to contain His blessings and anointing and to take it to others so that they too can benefit. It is time to enter the Holy of Holies. It is time to go behind the curtain for the Lord is calling us in this 2019.