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21-Day Prayer/Fast – Day 9

Romans 12:1-2

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.  2 Do not conform any longer 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 is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

01032015 RayDay 9 is upon us dear readers – the time is flying by.  During our prayer/fast we have written and discussed presenting ourselves to God and making ourselves a sacrifice for Jesus.  We have asked questions – like what are we willing to do to please God?  What are we willing to sacrifice for God?

Today’s passage in the 21-Day Fast devotional reading plan can be found here.  The reading is the 12th chapter of Romans – which starts with the two verses above.  These are two of my favorite verses in the Bible (the list is long but these are on it).  They speak about offering God ourselves – our bodies – and even our souls!  All that we have and all that we are – for sure.  Are we willing to give God our all?

Share some of your thoughts in the comments section – bless others with your questions or responses and see what God will do with us.  Seek His face and desire His grace and offer your all to Jesus!

fasting1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do we feel like we are making a sacrifice during our Prayer/Fast? Remember the phrase I used – Remember when you start a fast, if the fast doesn’t mean anything to you it won’t mean anything to God. If there is sacrifice, God is honored.  Are we sacrificing during our prayer/fast?  If not – maybe we should ramp up our challenge – fasting from more things and spending more time in prayer and in our devotions.  We wrote about sacrifice on Day 7 and Day 2 if you would like to read more on the subject.  Have we offered our bodies as living sacrifices to Jesus?  Paul writes that offering our bodies as living sacrifices is a spiritual act of worship – and we desire to worship God in spirit and truth don’t we?

Paul goes on to write – Do not conform any longer 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 is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.  The pattern of the world – as I see it – dealing with our prayer/fast – is all about self pleasure – seeking our will at all costs – even at the cost of our physical and spiritual health.  When we take time to pray and fast – we are taking time out of our lives and focusing on God and on His kingdom.  The world wants us to focus on self and our desires and we need to focus on Jesus and His will – His plan for our lives.  We are not to conform to the pattern of the world but rather we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds – minds set on Jesus.  The church should be about helping to lead people toward a transformed life after the life of Christ.  My prayer is that our prayer/fast will help us to focus more on Jesus!

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

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January 13, 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 | , , , , , ,

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