Daily Devotion, 01/03/2019, “21 Days”
Proverbs 3:9-10 NIV
Honor the Lord with your wealth,with the firstfruits of all your crops;then your barns will be filled to overflowing,and your vats will brim over with new wine.
The scriptures speak often about bringing your first and your best to God as an act of faith. The principles of tithing and firstfruits are both examples of this. Part of the idea behind these principles is that God will bless the rest if we bring the first and the best to Him. With that in mind, at CrossRoads we begin every year with 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting. We consecrate ourselves to Him in the first month to set the course for how we will follow Him by faith in the months ahead. Prayer connects us to God while fasting helps us to disconnect from the world. That intentional connection to God and disconnection from distractions enables us to hear God’s directions more clearly and then do what He’s calling us to do. While there certainly are health benefits to fasting, the point is not to diet as part of some new year’s resolution to get healthy. The point is to get more in tune and in focus spiritually.
We have three prayer focuses for CrossRoads that I’ll get into later in the week plus we ask every individual to write down three prayer focuses for themselves and their families. Having the prayer focuses helps us to be specific and intentional with our prayers without limiting what God wants to say and do. Most will do the Daniel Fast (just Google it) or some other form of a partial fast. Some will do a liquids only fast. Some will do a water only fast for five days and then two days of the Daniel Fast each week. Regardless of which dietary fast is done, it’s very helpful to eliminate or at least greatly reduce social media time, TV time and other distractions. Doing so frees up more time and space for focused prayer.
We start this Sunday, January 6th. I invite you to begin putting together your personal prayer focuses and then to start you own fast that day. You are loved!