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21-Day Prayer/Fast – Day 7

Mark 14:22

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”

01032015 RayBroken and poured out – that is how Jesus was on the Cross of Calvary.  His body was broken and His blood was shed – for you and for me.  His love – the full measure of His love – was shown to all on the cross.  He died on the Cross because He loved us so much – His arms were outstretched for us!  How awesome is that?

We fast in order to connect more deeply with Jesus and His deep love.  We deny ourselves of something – like food – drink – worldly pleasures – personal desires – in order to be broken in His presence – to be like Him – to do without so that God might be lifted high.  We strive to humble ourselves and strive to identify with Jesus.  I pray that this is the heart we have as we pray and fast during our 21-day prayer/fasts.

communion_elementsAs Jesus was preparing to be broken and poured out for each of us – He was anointed by a woman at Bethany.  A woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. (Mark 14:3)  She had a sacrifice to anoint Jesus with on that evening – an expensive perfume – a sacrificial gift.  She was willing to be broken for Jesus – and was willing to go to great expense to express her love and adoration.  Are we willing to sacrifice – to be broken – with and for Jesus?  Do we sacrifice ourselves to honor our Lord?

We can read the whole story here – Mark 14:1-26.  Here is a short portion of that reading for us to consider as we look at being broken and poured out for Jesus.  Mark 14:22-26 – 22 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” 23 Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. 25 “I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the kingdom of God.” 26 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Are we ready to be broken and poured out – even in a small way – to sacrifice for Jesus during our prayer/fast?  How about day-to-day during our life’s journey?  How will we connect with Jesus as broken and poured out for Jesus?

Here is a challenge – if you don’t already tithe – during the 21-Day fast – try tithing your income to God and His work.  It is an area where God says test me! Malachi 3:6–10 – 6 “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.  “But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’ “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.  Try for the Sundays or the month of your 21-Day Prayer/Fast to tithe and see if God will not bless it.  Tithe on your gross income and see what God will do.  If you are already tithing – try almsgiving – sacrificial giving – give 1% or 2% or eve 3% more than you normally give and see if God will not bless your generosity.  If we are not faithful with small things – like returning to God what belongs to Him – how can we imagine that we will be faithful to receive larger blessings?

How have we been broken for Jesus during our Prayer/Fast?  Share you stories with me or with us.  What is God saying to you?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

January 11, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology, Vision | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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