LFC 21 Day Fast 2013
DAY 8….Tune in to God!
Monday, January 14, 2013
John 10:27 – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
John 10:28 – And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand
Whatever you’ve been fasting, you’re probably over most of the headaches and stomach cramps. While you likely still have hunger pains, your fast is becoming easier (I didn’t say easy). You’ve fought through irritability and the strong desires to “go back” to eating and living the old way. Sure, there are still struggles and your body is still adjusting but the physical battle you have overcome. You may even sense a kind of momentum that is pushing you to complete the fast. BUT………
ARE YOU TUNED IN TO THE GOD OF YOUR FAST?
You still have jobs to fulfill, homes to manage, kid’s ballgames to attend; you’ve got schoolwork, homework, family gatherings, ministries and volunteer efforts. Friend, here is the trap. Satan doesn’t mind us fasting if there is no PRAYER TIME! If there is no time spent with God, no time to read His Word or to listen to His voice, if there is no communion with God then even the best fasting disciplines will fall short of the expectations you have for fasting in the first place! More importantly, it will fall short of what God has intended for you to receive!!
I encourage you to make a schedule that will prompt you to spend time in prayer to Almighty God. You have a work schedule, a game schedule; even a schedule of chores, but don’t stop there-make a schedule that puts God in your everyday life. So I’m asking you to…..
Put Yourself on a Schedule
For maximum spiritual benefit, set aside ample time to be alone with the Lord. Listen for His leading. The more time you spend with Him, the more meaningful your fast will be. Here is an example.
- Begin your day in praise and worship.
- Read and meditate on God’s Word, preferably on your knees.
- Invite the Holy Spirit to work in you to will and to do His good pleasure according to Philippians 2:13.
- Invite God to use you. Ask Him to show you how to influence your world, your family, your church, your community, your country, and beyond.
- Pray for His vision for your life and empowerment to do His will.
- Return to prayer and God’s Word.
- Take a short prayer walk.
- Spend time in intercessory prayer for our community’s and nation’s leaders, for the world’s unreached millions, for your family or special needs.
- Get alone for an unhurried time of “seeking His face.”
- If others are fasting with you, meet together for prayer.
- Avoid television or any other distraction that may dampen your spiritual focus.
When possible include members of your family for a brief time of praise and thanksgiving to God. Longer periods of time with our Lord in prayer and study of His Word are often better spent alone.
Have a great week and we’ll talk to you tomorrow!