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21-Day Prayer/Fast – Day 12

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

01032015 RayAre you one of those who find comfort in food?  Comfort foods are a delight to some of us for sure.  If we have a bad day and sit down with a gallon or tub of your favorite ice cream – now that is comfort.  Maybe your favorite Pizza place is on speed dial for when you have a rough day at work and you just don’t want to cook.  Maybe a steaming cup of coffee hits the spot.  One of my friends at church gave up her coffee for the prayer/fast.  For me – a good cold Diet Pepsi hits the spot.  During the prayer/fast – have we tried to cut down on our comfort foods?  I’m going to try a friend’s receipt for water found on his Facebook page – a few cut lemons – a cut lime – and some ginger sitting over night in the refrigerator – for me it must be cold!

As we enter day 12 of the 21 days of prayer and fasting – what foods are you missing the most?  What other things have we been fasting from that we find ourselves missing?  Maybe that should tell us something about what foods or things have control over us.  Is it coffee for you?  Is it fast food?  Is it something sweet?  Is it electronics?  Is it the TV – our favorite shows?  What have we done with the extra time we’ve found since fasting from something?  Are we spending more time with Jesus?

21 day fastThe reading today is 2 Corinthians 1:1-24 – hit the link and read it if you’d like.  Maybe – just maybe – we are looking to the wrong place for comfort.  Some of us look to food – some of us look to others.  I know at times I like to shut the world out and listen to music and write.  Some of us think things or people can bring us comfort or happiness.  Reminds me of a saying I made up and use – happiness is circumstantially driven but joy is spiritually derived.  Short term happiness – even short-term comfort – can come from people or things – circumstances – but lasting joy or comfort can only come as we deepen our relationship with Jesus (can I get a resounding AMEN please?).

True and lasting comfort comes from our relationship with God.  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

As we enter day 12 of 21 – may we find a deeper comfort than anyone or anything or any food can bring us as we spend time with God today.  Seek His face and desire His grace – asking God to be the comfort we need and even the comfort we desire.

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

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January 16, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Theology, Vision | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. This spoke to me. Thank you for that. God bless!

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    Comment by stephycicle | January 16, 2015 | Reply

    • Stephycicle, I’m so glad the post touched your heart and blessed you. Thanks for reading…

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      Comment by raymcdonald | January 17, 2015 | Reply


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