This past week a church member told me someone once said: “If you read Psalm 91 every day for a month, it will change your life.” What was it in that psalm that someone found so captivating? So life-changing? And then I remembered some of the words of the psalmist:
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
(Psalm 91: 1-2, 4, 11)
As I reflected on the powerful words of the psalmist and in this season of prayer and fasting, I decided to make Psalm 91 my daily prayer—not just for 21 days but for the 30 days of the challenge the church member had suggested!
Our prayer ministry team has been faithful in calling us to consider making prayer and fasting a commitment in our lives from November 4-25 leading up to Thanksgiving. It is a time to be thankful for God’s many blessings in our lives. It is also a time to ask ourselves how faithful we have been in our own spiritual practices—and there are many to choose from—prayer and fasting are two possibilities. Prayer is not always about using words, but can also be a time of silence when we simply focus our attention on resting in God’s presence and listening. What does God bring to our mind? Fasting is not always about skipping a meal or eliminating certain foods from our diet—although that can be a good thing, especially when we use the money we would have spent to make someone else’s life better. Fasting can be abstinence from anything that gets in the way of our relationship with Christ. I encourage you to think about how you can be more faithful through prayer and/or fasting over these days leading up to Thanksgiving…or even beyond! Join me in a daily reading of Psalm 91 and let’s see what happens!