Day 12/21 - Why Fasting?
5 Minutes - Worship
We made a worship playlist that you can use during this time of worship!
5 Minutes - God's Word
Remember, fasting is a great time of humility, where we may join the Psalmist in crying, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
For forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone.'”
In Psalm 51:10 the scripture refers to fasting as “a great time of humility”. For a lot of us “humility” isn’t the first word that comes to mind when we think of fasting. Although, it’s a great reminder of an important truth—we need God. Our bodies are frail and fragile. Even Jesus in Luke 4 said that ‘Man shall not live on bread alone’ while he was being tempted by the devil. We need more than the things that are bodies want or our hearts desire. We need something that can satisfy our souls in a way that food, social media, or Netflix can't. Jesus could have turned the stone into bread. After all, he multiplied loaves of fish and bread throughout his lifetime! What stands out in this scripture is that he had not eaten in 40 days and he still acknowledged that what he really needed was God. We're almost to the finish line with our fast! When you feel weak (both spiritually and physically) remember that even Jesus at his weakest point needed the Father. Think about that. Even the holiest person to walk the earth couldn’t walk alone.
5 Minutes - Prayer (can be read aloud)
Father, as we continue during these 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting I pray that you constantly remind us that we need you. Our bodies and our spirit are fragile. We need you more than Facebook, caffeine, coffee or Instagram. We pray right now for those who are pressing on to finish the 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. Be with them, comfort them, and strengthen them. In your name, Amen.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for walking with me and carrying me when I am weak. In Jesus name. Amen.
Today's message is encouraging me to press on, there are times that I get weak in the flesh and now I have a reminder of Jesus needing the Father is what strengthened him through. God bless. Amen
This morning in my yearly devotional, my daughter and I were listening to Matthew at the point where Jesus was arrested, spit on hit with a staff and stripped if his clothes. My daughter said wow dad that's horrible, as she was listening. I told her he did that because he loves you and through this complete action from the first stripe , to crucifixion and resurrection we now have a way into heaven.
She said "I have no words"
During this time of fast has brought me and my daughter even closer to God