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First, ask God to see something you can apply to your life.

Then, read Ezra 8.

Then, write down something you can apply to your life.

Then, read what I wrote:

 - Historical — Ezra leads 5000 Jews to return to captivity after ensuring that the team had Temple servants (initially missing from the return team) and distributing a large amount of treasures to be transported by the party.

 - Doctrinal — Verse 21-23 perfectly characterize the tension between having faith, knowing what God can do, and earnestly seeking God about obstacles with all your heart.

 - Inspirational — God? May this be true for me and those you’ve called me to serve: “So we fasted and earnestly prayed that our God would take care of us, and he heard our prayer” (verse 23).