Pray that your love for Christ will be increased and your passion for Him will be reignited over the next twenty-one days. What distractions do you need to remove so that you can focus on God? Prepare your heart to hear the voice of God, and ask Him to help you remove distractions that keep you from focusing on Him and hearing His voice clearly. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting. Release your unbelief. In Jesus, we see the full revelation of the nature of God: His love and holiness, mercy and justice, compassion and power all perfectly and beautifully expressed.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you see God through the eyes of grace and truth given to us in Jesus Christ. Make a decision today to yield to the Holy Spirit and lean on His strength, not your own, to overcome obstacles of sin and selfishness in your life. Surrender and release those areas to God, knowing He will help you. Trust God to bring an answer as you journal your thoughts and inspirations through this time. Listen to him.
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As you pray and seek after God, let His be the loudest voice you hear. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. As you pray and fast today, ask God to show you any areas where you could use a refreshed spiritual focus. Pray as David did in Psalm —12 that God will cleanse your heart, renew your spirit, and restore the joy of your salvation.
Pray with confidence, knowing that He wants to fill you with His life and peace. How can you line up your expectations with the Word of God when you pray?
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Find promises in His Word that answer your need and write them down today. Throughout this fast, thank God for His process at work in you…and trust Him. Seek God boldly today knowing you are fully forgiven and Jesus has made you righteous. When you approach God in prayer, seek a fresh revelation of who He is in your life.
And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him. Are you disconnected from things that nourish your body and soul? What do you need to deny yourself to make this a powerful time in your life? Do the desires of your heart line up with the will of God? Application Getting to the second-breath prayer in difficult times is not always immediate, but it is the response of discipline and determination.
Expressing our anger to God in honesty does not negate our hope of an answer in the end. A prayer of faith is to thank God for his presence and deliverance in the midst of our suffering and trials. Prayer God, thank you for hearing me as I confess my fears, confusion and anger at the troubling circumstances I face. Help me to take captive the thoughts and lies of Satan and to bring my mind into truth and obedience to your Word.
I trust your love and your plan every day, and I will pray without stopping as I breathe in your presence. Scripture Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine. I learned that prayer from Jesus himself as he faced death.
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So, armed with the knowledge that God wants to and can heal me, I believed and prayed for healing. What happened? Praise God! It means that I trust God to do beyond what I can ask or imagine. Try it! Be bold in your prayers this week. As you pray this prayer, watch how your prayers change, your faith grows and your focus changes.
Prayer Wonderful Father, Jehovah Rapha, you are a good and powerful God with the will and ability to heal me. I pray that you restore the health of my body, heart, mind and soul as you know is best. With faith, I say today: May your will be done! Scripture Our Lord is great. Nothing is impossible with His overwhelming power. He is loving, compassionate, and wise beyond all measure. Observation We can believe God for the things in our lives that feel impossible. In Scripture, God calls us to faith, and Hebrews reminds us that we must have faith and believe that he exists.
All of us face something in our lives that feels impossible. What in your life looks impossible? As Christ followers, we are called to face the impossible with faith.
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Jesus said that faith as tiny as a mustard seed can move mountains. Consider today what God can do with your faith. We have the opportunity to defy the impossible with faith! Application What impossible assignments has God given you in prayer? How can you face them today with faith? One way we can fuel our faith is by connecting with those around us who are believing for the impossible, too.
Think of someone you can contact this week, and then pray together. Prayer Father, I know that with you all things are possible, and I am thankful that you journey with me through the impossible. Help me to begin to face the impossible with faith instead of fear. Let your Word remind me this week that I can come to you and pray about anything and trust you with everything.
Help me to build my faith in you and remind myself that nothing is too hard for you.
Scripture As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Observation We live in an age where self-improvement resources are available at every turn. We scroll through social media and see advertisements for anything that will make our houses cleaner, our wardrobes simpler and our snack selections healthier. What if we listened to Jesus?
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus proclaims that those who simply hunger and thirst for righteousness will be blessed. Spirituality is something that can be attained through our actions: prayer, fasting, worship, serving. But righteousness is not something that we achieve as the result of our actions; righteousness is a condition of our hearts that comes when we enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
As our world constantly reminds us, we are far from perfect. Our God knows this, and he still loves us. We can take comfort in knowing that Jesus does the best self-improvement work in us, and all it requires is our commitment to him. Application When the desire to be more and do more creeps in, remind yourself that the only thing you need to pursue to find righteousness is a relationship with Jesus.
Have you ever thought about what righteousness is? Try to define it in your own words. Think about what you can do to live righteously today. Take some time to think about what you are thankful for. What has God done in your life that you can celebrate? Prayer Father, thank you for the many blessings that you give when I step into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Thank you that you remove the pressure for me to be perfect, and you instead give me the gift of righteousness.
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Please help me to live this day in step with you, living my life rooted in Christ. Show me your ways. Scripture As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. When can I go and meet with God? Observation Sixty percent of the human body is made of water. If you go without water for long enough, you will die. It is in desperate need. This intense desire—this physical need—is what it looks like to be fully dependent on God.
God wants you to be fully dependent on him because he knows that he is the only one who can truly provide for you. Who do you depend on for peace and well-being? God wants your desire to be entirely for him. How do we grow desperate for God? By going to him first as our source of provision.
The deer only pants for water because it knows that water is where it will find reprieve. Spend time today seeking God as your only hope and desire. God does not need your dependence on him for his own sake. He created you to be in constant relationship with him, so he is constantly seeking to fulfill the deepest desire within you: to be in his presence. Application How thirsty are you for God? When you think about your spiritual life, do you fit the picture of a deer panting for water?
He is a faithful God who will not let you down. Today is the day to grow desperate for him and let him be your only satisfaction. Prayer God, help me to grow thirsty for your presence. Forgive me for letting anything else bring me the satisfaction that only you can truly provide. Scripture Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Observation When you study the Word of God, you come to a place where you stop reading the Bible, and it starts reading you.
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The more mature you become, the deeper you fall into Scripture. Application God designed four things for our daily Bible meditation and prayer. Spiritual Exercise. Devotions are like exercise for our souls. Spiritual Shaping. Our bodies take the shape of how we exercise. Our souls will conform to how we exercise them. Remember that changing your exercise routine can be helpful, so read through the Bible one year, memorize a book another year or meditate on and pray through texts related to a special concern on another year.
Marines undergo rigorous training so that they instinctively know how to handle chaos. Similarly, daily handling and using the Word of God trains us to handle emotional and spiritual chaos. Delight Cultivation. A married couple must delight in one another. It is the consistent and intentional pursuit of each other that cultivates a capacity for delight.
Devotions in the Word of God are how we cultivate delight in God. Some days may seem mundane, but we will be surprised at the cumulative power that they have to deepen our love for and awareness of him. Prayer God, give me a sense of excitement about your Word. Give me the discipline to be in the Bible every single day. Help me to get so much out of reading about you. May I stop reading the Bible and let the Bible read me. Scripture I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message.
Observation John 17 tells us that the night before Jesus died, he prayed for his friends—his disciples. He prefaced those words with the disclaimer that he was not praying for the world; he was praying for those close to him. Jesus said that God had given all of them to him. Jesus had spent three intense years developing relationships with and sharing life with a dozen men. He loved them, and now he was leaving them. He was asking his father to be a father to them and hold them together in relationship.
He was facing terrible, horrible, unimaginable circumstances ahead, and his first priority in prayer was for those he loved to be united in their faith with no divisions between them. He did not pray that circumstances would change or that they would be kept from the fear, pain and confusion to come; he prayed for unity in faith. Application Jesus modeled the importance of praying for those close to us.
Do our prayers focus on circumstances or development of strong faith and unity? When we encounter difficult situations in relationships, can we first do our part toward reconciliation by praying for unity and healing? As we grow in our relationship with God, we will want to have stronger relationships with others. Prayer Father, I pray for those you have given to me. I call out their names and needs before you today, knowing that the greatest need is to be one with you and in unity with others. I ask that my own heart be steadfast in the truth of your presence.
May the Kingdom be the passion and priority of my life. Scripture Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. One time, when I was out with my grandpa, I checked a machine for coins. Suddenly, the slot closed down on my finger. Some adults noticed and picked me up to pull my arm free, but it just hurt more! By doing this, the slot opened and released my finger. You see, people around me were looking to fix the problem without considering how the pinball machine was designed in order to find the solution.
My grandpa was willing to look at things from a different perspective. In Matthew 5, Jesus takes us to a mountain to teach a new way to look at our position—a new perspective. Jesus gives us a radical, upside-down view of what it means to be someone who will inherit the Kingdom of heaven. Jesus was coming from the perspective of the designer of the universe and was teaching us how to live and how to love others. Are there areas in your life in which you need to change your perspective and find an upside-down solution to make things right?
How can your perspective make an impact on the world around you? Prayer Help me to see things through your eyes from your perspective. Teach me how I can do things your way. Scripture … But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel … and prayed with his face between his knees. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm, and Ahab left quickly for Jezreel. Elijah used the best weapon against this enemy: prayer. This can happen in our lives, too. But Elijah persisted! He did not give up when the result felt delayed. Breakthrough was coming. What seemed impossible became reality as rain poured from the sky.
We cannot retreat! Instead of giving up, we press on with consistent prayer. We might have to go back seven times to spot the answer, but our faith tells us the rain is coming! Application Even when we face difficult or the same situations, our faith must remain strong. Today, each time this situation comes up, stop and pray!
Just like Elijah, go back to what you know: prayer works. What circumstance seems to be nagging you at every corner? How can you tackle this situation with persistent faith? What do you believe God can do in this situation? Prayer Father, thank you for making a way when there seems to be no way. I believe that you can turn this situation around.
Lord, I trust you and believe, in faith, that you are sending a cloud that will be the answer. When children are asked to form a line to do something fun, a mad scramble begins as they all vie for the coveted first spot. Many classroom teachers assign a weekly line leader to avoid the unnecessary conflict surrounding this seemingly innate desire to be first. Throughout our lives, we receive mixed messages on what is the best way to live.
Our God tells us differently. Humility is a concept that we find talked about throughout all of scripture. Jesus gives a warning: those who exalt themselves—who celebrate themselves above others—will be humbled. He goes on to say that those who humble themselves will be exalted. God sees humility, and he blesses it with guidance and direction. Humility in our lives today can look like many different things. Application Why is being humble so hard? When we pause and practice humility, we are growing closer to God and walking in his will for our lives.
Jesus was born humbly, lived humbly, died humbly and rose again humbly. We have the perfect example of selflessness and love in Jesus Christ, and we should look to him as we seek to live humbly. How can you practice humility today? Prayer Lord, please give me the grace to live humbly today. Help me to practice humility so that I may receive your guidance and walk in your will for my life. Thank you for sending Jesus to live a humble life and to die humbly for me.
You are so good! God has been and is your strength. There is cause for celebration. Rejoice, and again I say rejoice! Jesus similarly returned in the power of the Spirit. After he had finished forty days of fasting, he was not weak; he was filled with power! The Holy Spirit had done a work in his life. In these 21 days, have you allowed the Holy Spirit to do a work in your life? You are here where the Lord has placed you, and a new chapter and new year are starting with power!
The things that were once part of your life are no longer! Bad habits, spiritual laziness, lack of discipline are all gone by the power of Christ because the Spirit is upon us. Jesus returned as a different man to his work-a-day world. From that day on, his life took on a new purpose, and it was evidenced by what he did. Expect a new power to be at work in you to accomplish what God has for you in I am glad, not mad. I rejoice in Christ, my choice! Then purpose that the remainder of will be a year unlike any other.
You have decided to move forward in power—not simply a new resolution but in the power of the Spirit.
God has anointed you! The new year awaits you with challenges, but the Holy Spirit is upon you, and everything God is calling you to do will be done with a new spiritual power. It is yours! Prayer Lord Jesus, thank you for the power you give me to conquer the challenges of the world.
You lift me up and help me to love others. Renew in me a new spirit for this new year and give me a heavenly covering from your Spirit. Show me the way and give me the power to do your will and make your name known among all the nations. I praise you, and I praise your holy and powerful name! Seasons of fasting and prayer are essential to the life of a believer.
These 21 days have been so powerful and life changing. The question is: How do we sustain such powerful moments through our everyday lives without being in a constant state of fasting? In our lives, whenever things start piling up, they can begin to divert our attention away from God. Our perspective drifts, and then worry, doubt, fear and anxiety creep in.
The antidote that eliminates worry from our lives is putting first things first. Sure, the Lord wants to bless us. He wants to open heaven and rain down spiritual and natural gifts. He wants to fulfill the desires of our hearts. However, sometimes we forget that it requires humble obedience and faith to bring him on the scene.
When we truly put him first, we can be sure that God will take care of the things in our lives.