21 Day Fasting and Prayer Focus – Day 7
 
Word: Money
 
Prayer:
Gracious God may our lives be lived in a way where in no, shape, or form would we be entrapped by the love of money. We know that you have given us the ability to work for and increase in blessings. But we also know Lord that you have bless us to be a blessing. Forgive us if we ever think that we are the owners of our financial blessings. Help us to understand that we instead are stewards of every blessing you gift us with. May we be faithful to you with our giving and use any financial provision to proportionately honor you and be a blessing to our families, our church, our communities and the world. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.
 
Scripture Verses:
 
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
 
Dishonest money dwindles away,
but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.
 
Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
 
The blessing of the Lord brings wealth,
without painful toil for it.
 
Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops.
 
Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
 
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
 
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
 
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
 
Better the little that the righteous have
than the wealth of many wicked;
for the power of the wicked will be broken,
but the Lord upholds the righteous.
 
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21 Day Fasting and Prayer Focus – Day 6

Word: Courage

Prayer:
Gracious God I pray that courage may abound in the lives of your people. There are things – circumstances and unexpected turn of events – that make an attempt at frightening your people. However, I pray that in the midst of such circumstances, may we have the courage to stand firm, declare your Word, act accordingly and come forth victoriously. May we have the courage to stand for Biblical truth; the courage to share the love and gospel of Jesus Christ. May we have the courage to set boundaries for our children, while loving them unconditionally. May we have the courage to step out in faith and get a hold of those things you have promised even whole the journey may frighten us. May we have the courage to speak with truth and boldness even when it may seem unpopular. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

Scripture Verses:

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

1 Chronicles 28:20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Psalms 31:34
So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD!

Psalm 56:3-4
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

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21 Day Fasting and Prayer Focus – Day 5

Word: Eternity

Prayer:
Lord God, help us to live with an eternal perspective in mind. Instant gratification – living for the now – materialism, unhealthy ambition and the like tend to obscure our understanding that this life on earth is but a short breath. Lord God, you created us for so much more. You created us for eternity. Lord, may we focus and invest more on those things that have eternal value. May we care for the poor, live a life of generosity, worship you with our lifestyle.and above all acknowledge that we are nothing without the saving grace of Jesus Christ. AMEN.

Scripture Verses:

For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.
Proverbs 8:35 | NIV

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
1 Peter 5:10 | NIV

The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
1 John 2:17 | NIV

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18 | NIV

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
2 Corinthians 4:17 | NIV

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 139:23-24 | NIV

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
John 3:36 | NIV

Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.
John 6:27 | NIV

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21 Day Fasting and Prayer Focus – Day 4
 
Word: Family
 
Prayer:
Lord God help us to honor, love and serve one of the greatest institutions created by you – Family! In a culture where it seems as though people are busier than ever and ever striving for more, help us to balance our time in a way that honors family. May we prioritize in such a way that our families, both biological and spiritual, are blessed by our attention, love, time, care and faithfulness. May we set patterns for generations to come that will honor you. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.
 
Scriptures:
 
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
 
“Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
 
Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.
 
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord.
 
Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.
 
The wicked die and disappear, but the family of the godly stands firm.
 
A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.
 
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
 
But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
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21 Day Fasting and Prayer Focus – Day 3

Word: Faith

Prayer:
Gracious God, may Faith arise in our lives. May faith arise and dissipate fear. May faith arise and serve as demonstration that the things we hope for – believe in – are not just in word but in action. May faith arise and provoke us to love, sow and serve in ways that supersede the status quo. May faith that believes your Word, provokes miracles and moves toward the supernatural arise in Jesus’ name, AMEN.

Scriptures:

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love.
Ephesians 3:16-17 | NIV

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Mark 11:24 | NIV

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1 | NIV

For we live by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7 | NIV

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 | NIV

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
James 1:6 | NIV

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 | NIV

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:8-9 | NIV

Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
John 11:40 | NIV

Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
James 1:3 | NIV

#passiton #day3

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21 Day Fasting and Prayer Focus – Day 2

Word: Faithful

Prayer:
Lord help us to be faithful! In a world where there is so much unfaithfulness in marriages, businesses, finances and even churches, help us to shine the light of a Christ-centered, Bible-based, Spirit-filled life. May we be intentionally faithful to our spouses, friends, jobs, leadership and the churches we serve. Above all, may we be faithful to YOU in devotion and lifestyle. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

Scriptures:

1 Samuel 12:24 ESV

Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.

Proverbs 3:5 ESV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Luke 16:10 ESV

“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.

Proverbs 3:3 ESV

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 28:20 ESV

A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.

Matthew 25:21 ESV

His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
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21 Day Fasting and Prayer Focus
Word: Diligent

Prayer:
Lord help us to be diligent – focused, purposeful and intentional. May we understand that time is one of life’s greatest commodities. May we not waste it. May we use it to glorify you, develop self and impact others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Scriptures:
Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Proverbs 12:24 The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.

Proverbs 21: 5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes to poverty

James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
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Has it been twenty-one days already? As always (and I say this every year), this is a bitter-sweet day for me. Bitter (so-to-speak) in that I’ve come to the end of not only walking this 21 day journey of fasting, but that I come to the end of it with so many people I have had the honor of framing a devotional for. It’s been an honor, yet at the same time humbling, hearing how God has ministered to you through the daily fasting devotionals. This time is also sweet in that I get to have a cup of coffee tomorrow evening sometime (don’t judge me).  More importantly, sweet in that I get to see and experience what God has in store for the rest of 2017.

So where do we go from here? Is this the end of something or the beginning? Let me suggest that if you look at this as the end of a list of sacrifices and dive into life as usual – what life was like prior to the fast – you may miss out on something greater.

Let me put it in these terms. Over my lifetime I’ve often been intrigued by the construction of commercial properties. You know the skyscraper type. One of the intriguing aspects is one the initial phases of construction. I often see a lot of activity going on on the site but nothing seems to be happening on the surface. Usually it is because  all the efforts are going into digging and establishing a foundation.

So to, this fast is not the end. It’s only the beginning. It’s the beginning of building on the foundation you have established over the last 21 days. Build on the spiritual disciplines of prayer, reading the Word, spending more time in the presence of God, worrying less about food, doing less of what wastes your time and more of what has eternal value.

I’m standing in agreement with you for a supernatural year. May your (our) life be more sensitive to the voice and guidance of the Holy Spirit. May this year be a year of supernatural influence. May we serve as influential ambassadors of Jesus Christ wherever we go.

Let’s fast and pray that this would be a year of building on a strong foundation. Fast and pray that we would move forward not only in faith but also in action; doing what God has called us to do. Being what God has created us to be. May this be a year of not only expectation but also of seeing the manifestation of the things God has promised in Jesus’ name.

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on (http://www.biblegateway.com/)

Matthew 7:24, Luke 9:62, Galatians 5:16, Hebrews 10:23, James 2:14-17, James 4:17

Believing for a supernatural year with you,

Pastor Charles

P.S. Write to us via e-mail, Facebook, or post on this daily blog…we would love to hear what God has done and is doing with you as you meditated on these devotionals and spent time in the presence of God! Blessings to you now and always!

 

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Ever sat down to think about what tomorrow will bring? No! Wait! The question is more like, “Ever sat down to worry about what tomorrow will bring?” Ever spend a day worrying about things you really have no control over? Yes, you’re seeing God’s provision TODAY but for whatever odd reason, you overwhelm yourself with tomorrow’s uncertainties? Ever been there? I have.

I can’t help but think about a line in Jesus’ prayer outline to his disciples: “Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread…” Wait! What? Did He say, “Give us THIS day…?” What a promise given to us through the power of prayer! Every morning when you wake up, you have the promise to believe God for today’s provision. Though this does not mean that you can you live an idle, ineffective life, it does mean that you can depend on God all day, every day…for tomorrow will take care of itself.

Didn’t God test the people of Israel in the desert when he provide Manna? “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or not.” (Ex.16:4) God knew that His people would try to gather for many days in fear that God’s provision would run out.

Why do we become so anxious about the unknown? Worried about the problems that are yet to appear? Why do we hold back on enjoying the life God has given us? We hold back on emptying ourselves in His presence with intense worship and praise. Why? Don’t you know that tomorrow morning He has given you the same promise he gave you today – Daily Bread!

Fast and pray that you would have the understanding and faith to trust God EVERYDAY. That you would be able to walk in His provision EVERYDAY! That you would be able to pour yourself out knowing that He is pouring into you…EVERYDAY!

Fast and pray that you would be able to break every pattern of worry, anxiety and the fear-of-the-unknown syndrome that so often plagues God’s people. You can’t go back and redo yesterday. Tomorrow, well let’s just say it’s not here yet. But you can live life to its’ fullest today! THIS IS the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on www.Biblegateway.com).

Joshua 1:5-7,9; Mt.6:25-27, Mt.11:28-30, John 14:27, Phil.4:6-7, 2 Thes.3:16, 1 Peter 5:7

Believing for Daily Bread with you,

Pastor Charles

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What if I told you that one of the greatest assets or blessings you have cannot be touched, smelled, tasted, or seen; at least not with the human senses?

Let me say it another away. Imagine you’ve been walking with a parent consistently for years. You share love, laughs, tears, and dreams together. All of a sudden – vanished! What do you do? You’ve been used to the audible voice, the touch, the smell, and the look of a person you loved; and now they’re gone. What do you do? What did the disciples do? Where they left alone? Were they abandoned?

I’m afraid that in a society where the only thing we perceive as real is what we can touch, smell, see, hear, and taste with our physical senses, we have missed out on our number one friend – the Person of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus did say, “I will not leave you orphaned.” So powerful is the person of the Holy Spirit that in moments when things seem sooooo difficult that you don’t have the right words to pray, “…the Spirit also helps in (your) our weaknesses; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Romans 8:26).

It is the Holy Spirit that has been promised to you to serve as counselor, teacher, comforter, and one the makes intercession for you. Wow, could it be that in an effort to feel, touch, and physically hear, we have become too dependable on people, while the Holy Spirit waits to guide us, comfort us, speak to us and be our friend?

I challenge you during this time of Fasting and Prayer to welcome the Holy Spirit and seek a deeper intimacy and a keen ear to his voice. Why shouldn’t you if…The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God?

As you begin to take this challenge you will begin to get a sense of direction, hope and peace. You will get a deeper sense of compassion for others, a deeper connection with God and a sense that He is hearing you. Where is this coming from? From your relationship with the Holy Spirit.

Here are some scripture verses to read and meditate on throughout the day: (Click on the verses to read them on http://www.biblegateway.com/).

1 Kings 19:11-13, John 6:63, John 14:26-27, Rom.8:26-27, 1 Cor.2:10, Eph.4:30

Hearing from the Holy Spirit along with you,

Pastor Charles

P.S. Write to us via e-mail, Facebook, or post on this daily blog…we would love to hear what God has done and is doing with you as you meditated on these devotionals and spent time in the presence of God! Blessings to you now and always!

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