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21-Day Prayer/Fast – Day 1

Daniel 10:2-3

2 At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. 3 I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.

01032015 RayToday is the day I mentioned on Christmas Eve and this past Sunday in worship.  It is the starting point for our 21-Day Prayer/Fast.  You can join me if you’d like – whether you are from FUMC or not.  The prayer/fast is for 21 days starting today and ending on January 25th.  You can do any kind of fast.  You can do a Daniel Fast (http://www.daniel-fast.com/) – or a partial fast (fasting from something like sweets – coffee – sodas – etc.) – or an extreme food fast – doing just water and broth.  You can do any type of fast (google “types of fasts” and see what comes up). Some will fast from technology – the TV – social media – etc.  What will be your fast?

During the fast I invite you to read the 21-Day Fast reading plan on http://www.youversion.com at https://www.youversion.com/reading-plans/35-21-day-fast with me.  You can keep up on this blog page too and leave comments – whatever you chose – and share what God is saying to you.  I also invite folks from FUMC to keep up with the video lessons on http://www.rightnowmedia.com (you need a logon link from me – send me your e-mail).

So how did the year 2014 treat you?  My 2014 saw some ups and some downs – how about your 2014? I can think of no better way to begin 2015 than on my knees seeking His face while I desire His grace.  Will you join me?  Seek God’s face for yourself – your family – and your church family! Continue reading

January 5, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology, Vision | , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

The 21 Days of Fasting Begins Today!

Daniel 10:2-3

2 At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. 3 I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.

RamonBlogToday I begin a 21 day fast.  I have invited 100 of my friends to join me.  Not sure as I write this how many will join me.  You can join me if you’d like.  The fast is for 21 days starting today and it can be any kind of fast.  You can do a Daniel Fast (http://www.daniel-fast.com/) – or a partial fast (fasting from sweets – coffee – sodas – etc.) – or just water and broth – any other type of fast. During the fast I invite you to read the 21 Day Fast reading plan at https://www.youversion.com/reading-plans/35-21-day-fast with me.  You can keep up on this blog page too and leave comments – what God is saying to you.

So how was your 2012?  I’ve had a pretty rough 2012 myself.  My dad passed this year – I had a near death car/tractor-trailer accident – we lost our granddaughter Mariah (an adoption story) – and other personal and professional stresses have tried to derail my joy in 2012.  I can think of no better way to begin 2013 than on my knees seeking His face while I desire His grace.  Will you join me?

21-day-Daniel-FastToday’s reading – is where the 21 day fast finds its Biblical roots.  Daniel 10:2-3 – 2 At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. 3 I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.

What type of fast you undertake is secondary to the purpose of your fast I think.  I’ve mentioned my purpose before.  I simply want to seek His face and desire His grace and listen for what God wants to tell/show me.  I will be spending a great deal of time in the Word of God and in prayer.  I want to enter this time with Jesus without any preconceived ideas of what God wants to do with me and simply seek His will.  I want 2013 to be like no other year in my life – I know God has a plan for me.

Respond to today’s blog post and let me/us know what you are seeking during the fast – if you will.  I will covenant with you – I will pray every day during the fast for what you are seeking through the fast.  I ask that you do the same for me!

And we are off and running!  Join us and let God change your life in just 21 days.  Some have said that if you do anything for 21 days it becomes a habit!  Try it!  By the time this hits the internet airways I will have already read day one of the reading plan found at  https://www.youversion.com/reading-plans/35-21-day-fast.  I hope you will join me!

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

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