Devotion, Inspiration, Series

2015 Fasting Devotion, Day Four

Read Psalm 27

If there was ONE thing you could ask of the Lord, what would it be? More money? A miracle in your family? A baby? A different job? Relief from stress? Most of us go to God with a list of requests almost like a Christmas wish list we submit to Santa, hoping all our dreams will come true. Then, when we don’t get what we asked for, we find ourselves disappointed and sometimes even angry at God.

I love Psalm 27. David, who is called “a man after God’s own heart,” reminds us in the midst of some of life’s biggest problems (running for his life while people are slandering his name), to seek God’s face. More than anything, David wanted to worship during the warfare.

No matter what you’re facing today, remember God is on your side. Our momentary troubles are a blip on the radar in the scheme of eternity with our Saviour. God desires to have all our attention and focus. He wants nothing more than to know we are fully his. When we seek his face and worship him no matter what life is throwing our way, we will see the goodness of the Lord.

As you continue to seek God through prayer and fasting, make his presence your main desire. To be with him, to know him, to experience his love and peace.

Heavenly father, I know I have nothing to fear with you on my side. I seek your face today and desire your presence like none other. I put aside all requests and rest in knowing you are with me now. Give me a glimpse of your glory and a taste of heaven. As I continue this week to pray for our city, I look outward at its problems and needs and I give them to you. I ask you to move and reign over our city. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Fasting Devotion, Day Eighteen

(Post submitted by Paul O’Rourke)

Psalm 133

We can all agree with King David that people living together in unity is beautiful and pleasant. The Psalmist likens unity to precious oil, signifying the cleansing, healing and directing power of the Holy Spirit being poured out on us by the bucketload. It’s like fresh rain falling on normally barren dry ground (dew of Hermon falling on Mt Zion).

And there, in the midst of true Biblical unity, the Lord commands blessing and life.

Unity is obvious. It’s attractive and sweet-smelling. It’s exemplified by a genuine love for one another, a commitment to others’ success and welfare. Discernible peace and contentment within a marriage, a family, a congregation exist alongside people living in harmony.

John says that when we are of one heart and mind, we reflect Jesus to the world. Where there is unity, people care; they go the extra mile; they forgive quickly and completely; they are secure.

Disunity repels; it stinks. Dissension is characterised by jealousy, strife, malice and anger where people put up with one another – tolerating, rather than forgiving and serving.

Jesus said people would know we are his followers by our LOVE.

Love is the means, unity the ends.

God, thank you for your promises in your word. They bring life and favour to me. I commit to living in unity with those you have placed in my life. I choose to go the extra mile, to serve, to encourage, and submit where necessary. This brings blessing upon my life and I receive this word today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.