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祷告禁食
Prayer and fasting

Acts 14:23-28

23 两人在各教会为他们指派了长老;禁食祈祷之后,就把他们交托给所信的主。 24 两人经过彼西底,来到旁非利亚, 25 在别加讲道以后,就下到亚大利。 26 从那里坐船往安提阿。从前众人就是在这地方,把他们交托在上帝的恩典中,派他们去工作,现在他们已经完成了。 27 他们到了那里,就召集了会众,报告上帝跟他们一起所行的一切,并且他为外族人开了信道的门。 28 两人同门徒住了不少日子。

23 Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.24 After going through Pisidia, they came into Pamphylia,  25 and when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. 26 From Attalia they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been committed to the grace of God for the work they had now completed.  27 On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.  28 And they stayed there a long time with the disciples.

重点学习

他们的祷告有双重目的:首先,上帝会借着智慧和分辨的灵指示他们挑选最好最适合的人选。

其次,他们祷告求上帝将那些必须的恩赐赐给所挑选出来的牧者。在完成上帝所托付的事上,我们是很难靠己力去达到上帝所要求的那高标准的忠诚度,靠人自己有限的能力是不够的。

在此加上禁食,目的是要挑旺他们对祷告的火热,因为我们知道若不如此做,我们的祷告可以是冷漠无情的。然而,我们不总是要在祷告的时候同时也要禁食,因为上帝同样也邀请那些吃得饱足的人来到祂面前献上感谢;但是当一些需要催逼我们比平时更加热切地祷告的时候,禁食会是一个非常好的激励因素。

Lessons Learn

Their prayers had a double purpose. First, that God would direct them with the Spirit of wisdom and discretion to choose the best and most suitable men.

The second purpose of their prayer was that God would give necessary gifts to those pastors who were chosen. It is hard to be as faithful as we ought in fulfilling such a function; human strength is not enough.

Fasting is added to help stir up the fervor of their prayer, for we know how cold our prayer is otherwise. It is not always necessary for us to fast when we pray, for God invites even those who are full to give thanks. But when necessary urges us to pray more fervently than usual, this is a very useful stimulus.