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2015 Fasting Devotion, Day EIGHT

Read Matthew 16:13-20 (MSG)

*Beginning today, we will spend time each day during week TWO of our fasting to specifically pray for the church.

Ultimately, as we focus on God during our time of prayer and fasting to kick off the New Year, we are seeking a deeper revelation of Jesus Christ. Revelation just means gaining new insight into his character and nature. The disciples who walked with Jesus were no different. Daily, they were gaining revelation into who Jesus was and out of that flowed their own identity and purpose.

Jesus applauded Simon Peter for understanding him as the Messiah and made a declaration of who Peter was in turn. Jesus exhorted Peter and told him that it was upon HIM that Jesus would build his church and that not even the gates of hell could destroy it. We can walk in confidence today knowing it’s God who ultimately builds his church and nothing will stop it.

That’s pretty exciting!

God is continuing his work on this earth today through his church. There’s nothing else like it and we, at Lift Church, have such a privilege and honour to be a part of it. Let us take our personal revelation of who Christ is a step further and allow him to build his church through us.

Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me new insight and revelation into who you are during this fast. I pray specifically today that you will continue to build your church to be strong and mighty across the earth. Specifically, I pray for LIFT Church: I ask you to bless and grow it further so that we can make a difference in our city, reaching people for you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Fasting Devotion, Day FIVE

Read Ephesians 1:15-23

(Today’s thought is submitted by Janine O’Rourke.)

The apostle Paul says in this passage that God gives us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation “so that we may know him better.” Do you know God better at the start of this year than you did at the start of 2014? Just because a year has passed doesn’t mean an automatic “yes” to that question.

We can go to church every week, make wise choices, and have an overall great year, but that doesn’t mean we have grown to know our Saviour any better.¬†Let this time of fasting be a catapult into personal growth this year.

What are the things that help you know God better? Memorising scripture or a Psalm, spending time in a topical Bible study, listening to worship music and meditating on Him? These are some ways you can strengthen your spirit.

When do you find yourself avoiding spending time with God? Is it when disappointments come, heartache or illness? What about just being too distracted or busy? It’s in those times we scramble to dig up stored treasure from past experiences which only satisfy for a short time.

Let’s spend time with the one believes in us, wants the best for us, knows what we need and when we need it.

Heavenly Father, spending time with you strengthens my spirit. It brings wisdom and revelation. I want to know you more. Breathe life into me; a fresh wind of your Spirit. Touch me like never before so that I can walk through¬†life at ease. In Jesus’ name, Amen.