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2015 Fasting Devotion, Day THIRTEEN

Read Acts 16:16-40

Sometimes life brings situations your way that have you feeling trapped. You may not be physically incarcerated unjustly like the Apostle Paul in this story in Acts. But, you can feel stuck in a job you hate, held captive by a diagnosis, bound by people around you who seem to drag you down. The best way out of any stronghold is through worship and prayer as Paul and Silas have shown.

You can’t control what problems life brings your way and Jesus himself told us this world would bring troubles, but you CAN control your response to your pain. Worshipping God means declaring his goodness, putting him in FIRST PLACE in your life, telling him how much you love Him for what he has done in your life, exalting HIS name above every problem you face. If you can form a habit of worshipping God and praying through every trial you face, you will experience a freedom like Paul felt when the physical shackles fell from his body.

The beauty of living a God-centered life is that people around you will witness God’s faithfulness to you; they too can be set free.

Jesus, you are worthy of all my praise and affection. I honour you above everything in my life and worship you now despite any trouble I am facing. I trust you will be faithful to release me from bondage so that I can walk in freedom. Knowing my eternity is secure with you means I can face anything life throws my way. Use me to minister to others in my world and in my church as I experience your goodness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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.