Day 20 | Fasting Focus

The Ultimate Prize of Fasting

Prayer and fasting are indispensable disciplines that believers must restore to their rightful place in faith and practice. Both of these disciplines are some of the basic expectations that Jesus established for every believer, not just a select few. The motive behind prayer and fasting, though, decides whether or not they are acceptable to God.

The motives behind true fasting are not selfish, but selfless. This is why the one who fasts for incorrect reasons is no better than the one who refuses to fast – both are selfish. Those who begin to understand the privilege of sharing in the fellowship of Christ’s suffering will selflessly subdue their flesh to accomplish that which can be done no other way. They are driven by the knowledge that fasting will “loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke” (Isa. 58:6). Their deepest desire is that the hunger they feel when fasting will cause an intense spiritual hunger for Jesus in the one that desperately needs to be freed.

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Day 18 | Fasting Focus

Seek, Listen, and Obey

Listen to this statement, “Every act of obedience is another invitation to greater intimacy with GOD.” Think about it like this, you are now 18 days of obedience closer to GOD than you have ever been!

May we continue to pursue the Lover of our souls today with greater fervency than when we first began this fast rather than the other way around. Far be it from us that we should begin something in response to the Spirit’s leading and end with something perfected in the flesh (focusing on the rules and limitations of our fast, the dietary restrictions and piousness of it, instead of the One who has invited us into it). Keep on seeking, listening, and obeying.

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Day 15 | Fasting Focus

Contemplations on the Presence of God

Take a moment to reflect on the following scriptures and statements from A.W. Tozer concerning the presence of God. There won’t be further expounding upon these thoughts. Focus on the points that jump out to you and let the Holy Spirit minister to you today.

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” – 1 Corinthians 3:16

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Day 13 | Fasting Focus

Expectation

Now as the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in their hearts about John, whether he was Christ or not, John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you in water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal straps I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire (Luke 3:15-16).

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Day 12 | Fasting Focus

God of Breakthrough

There is a common denominator to all biblical breakthroughs—they were sought after.

How often we mistakenly think worrying is the same thing as praying; that because we have an area of deep need, God will provide. We forget sometimes that we have never actually asked Him for help. Sure, there are times we will experience God’s grace and kindness sporadically, He is a good God and surprises us often! But the adventure lies in the conversation. If you want to see miraculous breakthroughs for you and your family, talk to Him!

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Day 11 | Fasting Focus

Fasting and Self-Control
Galatians 5:13-26

Start believing you can change. Your beliefs control your behavior. The way you think determines the way you feel. And when your feelings become strong enough, they determine the way you act. The person who says, “I can’t do it,” and the person who says, “I can do it,” are both right. Much of the time you set yourself up to be defeated by what you’re saying. Your words reinforce either your right or wrong belief system.

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Day 8 | Fasting Focus

You Are God’s Masterpiece

Read Ephesians 2:1-10

One of the reasons I think prayer and fasting are so powerful when combined is that together they activate a chain reaction where we see God’s kingdom manifest on earth. It’s a sequence of: agreement…alignment…assignment. When we come into agreement with God, we are aligned with God’s perfect will on earth as it already is in heaven. When we are aligned with heaven, we find that God can use us in ways we never thought possible; then we begin to walk in our assignment –the purpose that God created us to fulfill. 

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Day 7 | Fasting Focus

Contemplations on Fasting and Prayer

18 The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting. Then they came and said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?” 19 And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. 20 But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.

– Mark 2:18-20

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Day 5 | Fasting Focus

Fasting is not about food; it is about separation.

This separation represents a consecration to the Lord, a change in our relationship with Him. God posed this question to Israel:

Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?

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Day 1 | Fasting Focus

It’s one thing to know about God – it’s an entirely different thing to be known by God. Prayer and fasting are powerful ways to prepare and receive His presence, all that He has planned for our lives, and grow deeper in our walk with Him as we proclaim, “More of You and less of me.” Fasting positions us to be sensitive in spiritual hearing while we discipline our flesh and deny its lusts.

For many, the first three days of a 21-day fast are the hardest. Whether this is your first time or if you are a veteran faster, it’s important to remember that this is not just a PHYSICAL challenge, it is a SPIRITUAL journey…

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