Estudio de las Escrituras: El Ayuno
El profeta bíblico Esdras proclamó un ayuno para “pedir a Dios” por Su ayuda.
- Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.
- For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.
- So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.
- Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait by the way.
Ester, la esposa de un rey judía gentil, quiso aliviar algunas de las cargas que se habían colocado en los hombros de su pueblo. Decidió hablar con el rey, pero temía que iba a estar enojado. Ester pidió que los Judios ayunasen que Dios la proteja.