Day 19–Vision in the Valley

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1 The hand of the LORD was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, … Read More

Day 18–New Wine

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 17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”  –Matthew 9:17 Just as old wineskins lose their flexibility with use and will not hold the fermenting activity of new wine, … Read More

Day 17

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“When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”  –John 11:43 John’s unforgettable narrative of Lazarus’ death and resurrection is one of the most illustrations of the power of the spoken words of Jesus.  So perfectly aligned and matched with God’s will, Jesus knew already that the miracle he wanted to see happen was about … Read More

Day 16

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 1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,    because the LORD has anointed me    to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,    to proclaim freedom for the captives    and release from darkness for the prisoners,2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor    and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,  3 and provide for those … Read More

DAY 15–Just what are we fasting for?

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 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will … Read More

Day 14–Broken by prayer and fasting

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18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to … Read More

Day 13–Broken by prayer and fasting

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“My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me.”  –John 10:27 Chief among the reasons to fast is hear from God more clearly.  By setting aside normal patterns and by consistently saying “No” to our appetites, we find a clearer channel to the voice of God when we fast. Hearing God’s voice means that I must … Read More

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