DAY 12–Kingdom Come

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“Your kingdom come, your will be done.”  –Matthew 6:10 The kingdom of God is the central element of Jesus’ teaching and finds its way here into the prayer he taught his disciples to say.  For us, during this time extended prayer and fasting, we are leaning ourselves toward the coming of God’s kingdom and all that means.  The arrival of … Read More

Day 11–Finding the State of Grace

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“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”  –John 1:17 As you have entered into this fast, you may have wondered if we are headed down the path of legalism.  Perhaps you have been tempted to look at other believers who are not fasting as you are as less spiritual.  Maybe you’ve been in … Read More

Day 10–Seek safe passage

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21 There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. 22 I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious … Read More

Day 9–Deny yourself

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23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.  –Luke 9:23At the age of 14, a mentor of mine gave me a book called The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Bonhoeffer was a German theologian and pastor who left a comfortable job as a professor in … Read More

Day 7–What sustains us

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“It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  –Matthew 4:4 These words spoken by Jesus to the devil during his time of testing in the wilderness get to the heart of where we are going collectively in the fast.  In essence, by giving up food and other … Read More

Day 6–Kingdom Focus

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“Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.”  –Matthew 6:33 “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”  –Romans 14:17 Jesus cuts to the heart of the matter and provides the vital spiritual quest for everyone following him … Read More

Day 5–Be filled

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“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”  –Matthew 5:6 We fill our lives with so much that we think will fill us up, but in the end, it’s not nourishing.  Like a steady diet of donuts and Coke, we realize that none of the the things we look to “fill” us on the … Read More

DAY 4–Following Jesus into the Wilderness

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“Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil.  And in those days, he ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, he was hungry.”  –Luke 4:1-2 Right now you might be feeling hungry, a little cranky, wondering if you … Read More

Day 3: Give us Vision

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After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”   –Genesis 15:1 (NIV) “Where there is no vision, the people perish” Proverbs 29:18a (KJV) The primary purpose of our corporate and personal fast over these 21 days is to call on God to give us … Read More

Day 2

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 1 As the deer pants for streams of water,   so my soul pants for you, my God.2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.   When can I go and meet with God?3 My tears have been my food   day and night,while people say to me all day long,   “Where is your God?”  –Psalm 42:1-3 Fasting is not about losing weight or about food or about … Read More