Day 15 and 16 of Prayer & Fasting: Right on Time
DAY 15 & 16 CORPORATE PRAYER FOCUS: Provide right on time and over-the-top finances.
We apologize for the delay in sending Day 15. We got too caught up in the madness of the Super Bowl! Wow! If you saw that comeback and ending of the Patriots game, then you'll understand this illustration. So many times in life we have things we need God to provide for us -- friends, a spouse, finances, healing -- so we pray and pray and pray, and we run all the "plays" just like we know how to and do everything right, and instead of getting the provision, it seems like all that happens is more bad luck. We just can't get the break we need!
Now, please bear with me through this illustration. I'm not saying God had anything to do with the Patriots win tonight, but I want you to get this picture. The Patriots came back from 28-3, when it seemed like all was lost and the game was over, but then all of the sudden the momentum turned around and the game changed. After incomplete passes, interceptions, dropped balls, turnovers, the Pats still won. Even after our opponent flourished, made some impressive plays, had all the momentum in their favor, the Pats still won.
The same is true for our lives. God is a right-on-time God. He has not forgotten you. Things may go bad for you. You may not have the best of moments, and trials will happen. At times things will seem like all is lost, but the key is you can't quit. You can't ever walk off the field. When you're waiting on God to provide, no matter the disappointment, no matter the frustration, you must not grow weary and quit. You've got to keep believing, keep hoping, keep being faithful because you never know when God will provide the comeback.
If you're believing God for provision in some area, I want to encourage you to dig your heels in and command your soul to look to God as your source. Press in for the last week of our fast and restore your hope. If you haven't asked God for what you need, ASK. If you doubt, stop and believe! The "touchdown" is coming -- it may be at the last second and leave you in awe, but God will NEVER disappoint you!
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." -- Galatians 6:9
"And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:19
SOUL FOOD FAMILY MEAL
As a reminder, we are using the 20-day book study, Soul Food, by Havilah Cunnington of Bethel Church in Redding, CA, to guide our next 20 days, which will spark your own deeper studies with the Bible. This book is the perfect companion to your season of fasting. It looks at the spiritual food that God uses to fill our emotional and spiritual needs. You can order the book on Amazon if you'd like to go a little deeper, but below we will provide you the key thoughts from each day's devotional. There's also a 7-12 minute video that accompanies this study that we highly encourage you to log on and watch. This course is completely free and engaging! You can sign up for the FREE course here.
DAY 14 - Milk & Honey
TASTE OF FREEDOM
When God speaks. He gives us a promise. He paints a vivid picture for us of His table where all are welcome to dine and it should make us hungry! Hunger is the only thing that gets us to move on. We have to want to sit at His table and eat.
His words are our food. His promises keep us full. Only a desperation to be free will take you to a place where you are willing to leave other tables and believe that what He offers is so much better. Then you get to eat in your Promised Land.
My soul needs to be reminded of what’s on offer; what He can do for me, be for me, and provide for me. Connecting to Him is my source of soul food.
It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4
DAY 15 - Milk & Meat
HUNGER FOR MORE
Our hunger for the more; for the place and the life that is destined for us moves us from a place of slavery to a place of freedom. The promise of ‘Milk and Honey’ is enough to get us moving, but ‘eating meat’ is required to get us into our Promised Land.
God didn't just want to give His people a Promised Land, He wanted to make them His people of promise. That meant He wanted them to stop grumbling about the lack of automatic provision and to grow up and into a people who faced and overcame challenges.
What He looks for is that you remember who He is and what He has done and then use that knowledge and remembrance to respond to Him calling you forward into maturity and into your Promised Land.
I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening. By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inex- perienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong. Hebrews 5:11–14 (MSG)
No matter what's going on in your life, remember God sees every detail. He's the Master Creator and He's in control. Surrender to that fact and rest. He WILL provide for you!