Fasting, Inspiration, Love, Series

2015 Fasting Devotion, Day FIFTEEN

Read 1 John 4:7-21

**Today begins our third and final week of corporate fasting and we will concentrate our prayers over the next seven days on our families.

As we lean into God’s voice for direction and wisdom moving forward in 2015, let us place the highest value and commitment on loving our families.┬áJohn reminds us that by loving each other, we actually reveal God’s character to the world. Since God SO LOVED US, we ought to love one another.

Oh, I know… we all love our kids and our spouses. But, true love is laying our lives down for one another as Christ laid his down for us. Can we love a little more intentionally this week those God has placed in our families? Can we serve our spouses a little more with less strings attached? Can we bless our children with joy despite fatigue or irritation? Let’s put aside negative history with our extended families or parents and reach out.

We are only able to love others because Christ first loved us.

No matter what personal goals we have regarding our careers, health, or finances in this new year, can we commit to loving our spouses, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers? Let’s pray for those we care for most and call out their gifts and uniqueness through kind words and prophecy.

Dear Lord, I want to thank you for my family. For the ones I chose and the ones I didn’t! I commit to obeying your command to love the people in my life just as you love me. I will do my part to serve and bless my family so that you may be glorified. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Fasting Devotion, Day Sixteen

(Post submitted by Paul O’Rourke)

Psalm 23

The use of personal pronouns Me, My, and I mean the promises contained in this magnificent Psalm are for, well, ME! and YOU!

Consider: The Lord (creator of the universe, God himself) is MY (my very own) Shepherd (guide, counsellor, refuge and protector). He makes me lie down in deep pastures (lush green grass; a blue sky overhead). He leads me to rest beside quiet waters where he restores (and revives) my soul (mind, will and emotions).

He guides me in paths of righteousness (shows me how to live, where to go, what’s best).

And though I walk through tough times, he is with me; therefore, I will fear no evil (won’t be anxious or fearful as he keeps me on the straight and narrow). His rod and staff comfort me.

He prepares a table (a feast, the best of everything) in the presence of my enemies and anoints me with oil (the Holy Spirit’s life-giving seal of approval), and fills my cup to overflowing.

Surely (I have no doubt) goodness and mercy WILL follow me all the days (here and now) and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (then I will live with God in Heaven thereafter).

Heavenly Father, thank you for speaking to us about your nature through your word. I choose to grab hold of every aspect and promise Psalm 23 contains. You are a faithful and loving father who takes such great care of me. I rest in your promises today, Amen.