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November Prayer/Fast Is Coming Soon

Zechariah 7:4-5

Then the word of the Lord Almighty came to me: “Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted?

fullsizeoutput_ffeSo – here is a question for us today – as we prepare for our November Prayer/Fast. Do we pray and fast – regularly? I mean – is it an essential part of our spiritual walk as we strive to draw closer to God? The answer to that question might go a long way in explaining if we are growing spiritually or not. I believe that prayer and fasting are essential spiritual disciplines.

I am calling the church to a time of prayer and fasting from November 1st thru the end of the month. I know that is a long time – but it will be very rewarding – if we seek His face and desire His grace. Let’s use the month of November to deny ourselves of something – and focus more on Jesus.

When we fast from something – we should spend extra time with God. Spending extra time with God – will draw us closer to Him. Here is something important to understand. Read well! When we fast from certain foods and expect something – like weight loss – is fasting for us or for God? Losing weight is OK – but it shouldn’t be the reason we fast. As we call for a time of prayer and fasting during November – what would we fast from and how would we spend our time? It should be to draw closer to God. Continue reading

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A Call To Prayer And Fasting

Zechariah 7:4-5

4 Then the word of the Lord Almighty came to me: 5 “Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted?

112015 Ray McDonaldSo – here is a question for us today – as we prepare for our Pre-Lenten Revival time in February (the revival starts Sunday – February 7 – and is on Prayer).  Do we pray and fast – regularly?  I mean – is it an essential part of our spiritual walk as we strive to draw closer to God?  The answer to that question might go a long way in explaining if we are growing spiritually or not.

I would like to call the church to a time of prayer and fasting from the start of our revival through Lent (7 weeks – 49 days).  I know that is a long time – but it will be very rewarding – if we seek His face and desire His grace.

When we fast from something – we should spend extra time with God.  Spending extra time with God – will draw us closer to God.  Here is something important to understand. Read well!  When we fast from certain foods and expect something – like weight loss – is fasting for us or for God?  Losing weight is OK – but it shouldn’t be the reason we fast.  As we call for a time of prayer and fasting during Lent – what would we fast from and how would we spend our time? Continue reading

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Prayer/Fast – Day 20

Zechariah 7:4-5

4 Then the word of the Lord Almighty came to me: 5 “Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted?

Today’s Scripture reading came from www.youversion.com – the 21-Day Fast reading plan.  It is day 20 in the plan if you started on January 10th – the day our congregation’s prayer/fast began.  Zechariah 7 is the entire reading for the day.

So – here is a question as we come near the end of our prayer/fast.  Have you been fasting for you or for God?  I mean was it primarily for you or was it primarily to get closer to God?  The answer to that question might go a long way in deciding whether you return to life as usual after Monday (the 21st day) or whether there has been some life change that you want to continue.

If you fasted from something – and you spent extra time with God – do you really want to go back to business as usual or do you appreciate the extra time with God and plan to continue it?  If you fasted from food and expected something – like loss of weight – was the fast for you or for God?  Losing weight is OK – but shouldn’t have been the reason we fasted.  I fasted from Diet Pepsi – to prove I wasn’t addicted – to show spiritual control over a physical desire.  It brought me closer to God because I had to turn to prayer a few times when I really wanted a Diet Pepsi.  I also cut out Words with Friends – and figured it gave me a ½ hour more in my day by doing so and I gave that ½ hour a day to more time with God.  I do not want a game to steal that precious time back – I want to be closer to God.

The writer today asked: “Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted?  In other words – were they expecting something out of this spiritual act or where they merely trying to draw closer to God?  Think about it!

Daniel 9:3 – So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes. Have you been spending more time praying?  Have you set aside time every day to be before the Lord?

Personal Report:  I’ve made it through 19 days without a Diet Pepsi.  I must admit that it was hard last night.  The physical desire isn’t there anymore – lol – but the fact that I like the refreshment of a cold Diet Pepsi!  I am the young generation after all that they target – lol! I hope you are doing well with your prayer/fast.  Has God said anything to your heart?  No Words with Friends here.  If I go back to it – it will be on a reduced scale – because I want more time to be with God.  Staying under 2,000 calories since December 23rd – one day this week was very close – but most days are way below.  I have spent at least a ½ hour a day in sweet prayer – seeking His face while desiring His grace.  Day 20 is before us – only 2 more days – counting today!

I will continue to pray for you as you walk through these final days of our prayer/fast.  I pray God has been speaking to your spirit.

If you wish to join me reading the same plans on www.youversion.com they are a yearlong reading plan called Robert Roberts – day 29 today – the Gospels in 30 days  – day 21 today – and the 21-Day Fast – day 20 today.  Join me or try other reading plans.

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

Today’s Awakening devotion can be found here!

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