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Five Steps to a Successful Daniel Fast, Part 24 (Fasting Edition #136)

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Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Richard Foster. He said: “Fasting reminds us that we are sustained by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Food does not sustain us; God sustains us.”

Our fasting devotional today is titled “FIVE STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL DANIEL FAST” (PART 24) from Susan Gregory, author of the bestselling book “The Daniel Fast”.

Study A Word

I love this method of digging into the Word of God. Again, depending on the purpose of your fast, think of a word — for example, faith. Then use a concordance, or use one of the many online tools available, and look up each verse that includes that word. I like finding the verses in my own Bible. There’s something about reading the verses in my own personal Bible that helps me in subsequent studies. I sometimes make notes or underline the verses. I like to mark up my Bible. I write comments and mark verses that strike my spirit when I’m studying. I have a small plastic box that’s packed with markers and gel pens. I also have little Post-It Notes to mark pages. Using these tools helps me in my study and recall.

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Posted by on September 30, 2012 in Fasting Edition

 

Five Steps to a Successful Daniel Fast, Part 23 (Fasting Edition #135)

Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Bill Bright. He said: “Fasting with a pure heart and motives, I have discovered, brings personal revival and adds power to our prayers. Personal revival occurs because fasting is an act of humility. Fasting gives opportunity for deeper humility as we recognize our sins, repent, receive God’s forgiveness, and experience His cleansing of our soul and spirit. Fasting also demonstrates our love for God and our full confidence in His faithfulness.”

Our fasting devotional today is titled “FIVE STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL DANIEL FAST” (PART 23) from Susan Gregory, author of the bestselling book “The Daniel Fast”.

Do Some Weeding

Another way to study the Word of God is to let it be our teacher to mold us and shape us into the image of Christ. For example, take a few minutes and read Mark 4:1-20. Read the words aloud. Picture yourself sitting on the grassy field by the sea. Try to imagine Jesus speaking directly to you as He teaches about the sower and the seed. Listen with your heart open for insight.

Now, consider the condition of your heart. How is your heart compared to the four described in the parable? Are there some weeds that need pulling? Is there some cultivating that needs to take place? Does your ground need some care so that the Word of God can take hold, grow, and bear fruit?

This is just one example of how you can use the Scripture to change your life! It’s a powerful and living Word and ready to reveal God’s truths to us.

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2012 in Fasting Edition

 

Tips on Ending the Three Day Esther Fast (Fasting Edition #133)

Here are a few tips to follow as you approach the end of the Esther Fast. These tips come from Chabad.org, a site that focuses on Jewish living:

1. Be sure not to eat food too quickly at the post-fast meal. Begin the break-fast meal with a drink of milk or juice: this puts sugar into the bloodstream and occupies space in the stomach, discouraging you from eating too rapidly.

2. Begin with eating a simple food, such as a piece of honey cake or crackers. It is advisable to wait some time before sitting down for a full meal in order to give your body a chance to begin digesting foods again. I imagine most people are willing to run the risk of a stomach-ache by eating without delay, but it is still a good idea to keep in mind, even if you only postpone your meal by a few minutes.

Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Matthew Henry. He said: “If the solemnities of our fasting, though frequent, long, and severe, do not serve to put an edge upon devout affections, to quicken prayer, to increase Godly sorrow, and to alter the temper of our minds, and the course of our lives, for the better, they do not at all answer the intention, and God will not accept them as performed to Him.”

Our fasting devotional today is titled “FIVE STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL DANIEL FAST” (PART 21) from Susan Gregory, author of the bestselling book “The Daniel Fast”.

As I progressed with my study plan, each day I learned what the Bible had to say about prayer. I learned of some mistakes I was making in the way I was praying, and I started forming new habits. As I studied the verses in the Bible, I tried to imagine the scene with me in it. I read the footnotes in my Bible concerning each verse, and I looked up the Hebrew and Greek meanings of some of the words. I learned about the various kinds of prayer and how to match the type of prayer with the need. I talked to God about what I was learning, and I started to pray using what I was learning, and I started to pray using my new knowledge and understanding. I could feel my faith building as I learned more about the awesome nature of God when I read books, prayed, meditated, and utilized Bible reference tools.

This study launched me into a new and greater understanding of God, our relationship to Him, and our position in the world as children of the Most High King. These morning times were rich and rewarding and lifted me to a new level in my faith.

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Fasting Edition

 

Richard Cecil said, “God’s way of answering the Christian’s prayer for more patience, experience, hope and love often is to put him into the furnace of affliction.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #343)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Isaiah 58:9 which reads: “Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Charles Gore. He said, “Many people have a very strangely childish notion, that ‘praying in the name of Christ’ means simply the addition of the words ‘through Jesus Christ our Lord’ at the end of their prayers. But depend upon it, they do not by adding these words, or any words, bring it about that their prayers should be in the name of Christ. To pray in the name of Christ means to pray in such a way as represents Christ. The representative always must speak in the spirit and meaning of those for whom he speaks. If Christ is our representative, that must be because He speaks our wishes, or what we ought to make our wishes; and if we are to pray in the name of Christ, that means that we are, however far off, expressing His wishes and intentions.”

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

Miracles Today Continued, Part 5 (The Prayer Motivator Devotional #402)

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Our prayer motivator passage from the Word of God today is Matthew 6:9-13 which reads: “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this passage from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

Most of the petitions in the Lord’s prayer had been commonly used by the Jews in their devotions, or words to the same effect: but that clause in the fifth petition, As we forgive our debtors, was perfectly new, and therefore our Saviour here shows for what reason he added it, not with any personal reflection upon the peevishness, litigiousness, and ill nature of the men of that generation, though there was cause enough for it, but only from the necessity and importance of the thing itself. God, in forgiving us, has a peculiar respect to our forgiving those that have injured us; and therefore, when we pray for pardon, we must mention our making conscience of that duty, not only to remind ourselves of it, but to bind ourselves to it. Selfish nature is loth to comply with this, and therefore it is here inculcated.

This concludes our discussion of this passage.

My personal encouragement to you today is this: God wants to hear from you every day and throughout the day. That is why He commanded us in His Word to “pray without ceasing.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from Thomas Kinkade. He said: “The power of prayer is like turning on a light as it illuminates God’s purpose for our lives. There is no greater connection to knowing His will other than the Word.”

Our prayer motivator devotional today is part 5 of our series titled “MIRACLES TODAY CONTINUED” from Dr. John R. Rice.

The gift of prophecy is spoken of as the normal possession of New Testament Christians. Christians are commanded to covet to prophesy, though we are not to covet speaking in foreign languages. 1 Corinthians 14:1 reads, “Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.” We are told that if all Christians prophesy, the unsaved will be convicted and all his doubts about God will disappear. 1 Corinthians 14:24-25 reads, “But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.” We are told that “ye may all prophesy” And again we are commanded, “Covet to prophesy.” 1 Corinthians 14:39 reads, “Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.” Even women, who are expressly forbidden to teach or preach, may have the gift of prophecy. 1 Corinthians 11:5 reads, “But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.” Do not be confused about the term “prophesy”. It means exactly the same in the Old Testament and in the New, and it is not preaching. Prophetesses never did preach.

But if the gift of prophecy is the normal thing for New Testament churches, then that means that the miraculous, supernatural working of God is to continue down through the ages in His church. Thus when miracles are past, it is because the faith of God’s people has waned.

+ Plus, listen to Babbie Mason singing “Pray On”

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Devotionals

 

Brother Lawrence said, “Prayer is nothing else than a sense of God’s presence.” (The Prayer Motivator Minute #341)

Our prayer motivator verse for today is Psalm 99:6 which reads: “Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.”

Our prayer motivator quote today is from D.L. Moody. He said, “The greatest need of the church today is more of the presence and power of the Spirit of God. O that Christians were roused to greater earnestness and importunity in prayer! I believe that the greatest revival the church has ever seen would result. God help us, each one, to be faithful in doing our share.”

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2012 in Prayer Motivator Minutes

 

Tips on Going Through the Three Day Esther Fast from the Jews (Fasting Edition #131)

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Here are a few tips to follow today as this is the first day of the fast. This tips come from Chabad.org, a site that focuses on Jewish living:

1. Avoid wearing clothing that will make you perspire as this will cause your body to lose water.

2. Try [and it is difficult!] not to talk or think about the food you’ll eat after the fast, as this will cause your body to begin preparing itself for a meal.

3. Take an afternoon nap between prayer services. This will pass some time and some people also experience a feeling of fullness after a short nap.

4. Some people find that sniffing spices helps ease the hunger.

Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Albert D. Belden. He said: “If the life is not one of self-denial—of fasting—that is, letting the world go; of prayer—that is, laying hold of God then prayer is neither spiritual or profitable.”

Our fasting devotional today is titled “FIVE STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL DANIEL FAST” (PART 19) from Susan Gregory, author of the bestselling book “The Daniel Fast”.

As you plan for your fast, I do encourage you to define a time when you can be with God. Don’t think about developing a habit that will last for the rest of your life. Instead, mull over what you can do during this period of fasting. Set yourself up for success! If an hour seems impossible for you right now, then have a little meeting with yourself and consider what could work for you. Can you start with 30 minutes? Do mornings feel impossible for you? Perhaps evenings are better for you and your lifestyle. The key is to define a time and place where you can be alone with God on a consistent and daily basis.

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2012 in Fasting Edition

 
 
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