Prayer and Fasting Guidelines
January 11 - January 31 2021
Pastor's archived Devotions
Day 12 - Time to Evaluate Ourselves
I praise God for all of you who have decided to participate in our spiritual exercise in the area of prayer and fasting. This is a simple exercise of faith. Those who did not join our prayer and fasting don’t worry because we will do it again sometime in the near future. We will be having some teachings on prayer and fasting so everyone will understand the importance and significance of doing congregational focused and intentional prayer coupled with fasting. I know that some people are scared to fast and lose weight.
To those who joined our prayer and fasting, for the past 11 days of more focused prayers and studying the Word of God coupled with fasting, I do believe that God has accomplished significant changes in our lives spiritually. Let’s be honest to God and to ourselves by answering the following questions:
How is your worship to God?
How is your faith? Did your faith grow stronger? Hebrews 11:6 says “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” We are not just to believe in the existence of God but to trust Him in our everyday life. Dwelling on doubts and confusion hinders worship.
How about your attitude, did it improve? Unforgiveness – Mt 6:14-15, Mt 5:23-24, Worship is not acceptable to God when there is unforgiveness in your heart. Forgive first before you worship. Pride – James 4:6. God opposes the proud, how then can He accept their praise and worship. Humble yourselves before the Lord. Anxiety – Phil 4:4-7, Mt 6:34. Anxiety and worry will weigh us down. Cast it to the Lord, let Him bear it. We are commanded not to worry but to rejoice in the Lord.
How close are you to the Lord? Have you been closer to Him than before Day 1 of our Prayer and Fasting? Do you feel more joyful now in studying your Bible, attending Bible Study, church service, and prayer meetings? James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
How about your food or diet? Well, it’s not about the food. It’s not about depriving ourselves from certain food or from pleasures but it’s all about ourselves humbling down in worship before our Lord God Almighty with the burning desire to be as close to Him as possible, seeking Him with all our heart, and obeying His Word.
Stay safe! Stay healthy! Stay connected! Stay strong in the faith!
Thanks and God bless you all!
P.S. Aside from abstinence from certain foods, please avoid the following activities as the Holy Spirit convicts you: internet surfing; watching movies/tele-series/YouTube movies; playing computer/internet/video games. We all know what is necessary and what is excessive.
Prayer and fasting is not sleeping and fasting! It’s a time for intensified prayers and spending quality time studying and meditating on God’s Word. Do your daily devotion. Be excited to receive from the Lord as we continue our Prayer and Fasting. Please join your Team’s Online Prayer Meeting also.