DAY 15 – OUR FOCUS: JESUS

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DAY 15 OUR FOCUS: JESUS
Prayerfully read John 14 – 15

We humans are creatures of habit. We observe, analyze and organize the things others do.

We measure ourselves against the disciplines of our spiritual leaders. We think if they spent 2 hours with the Lord every day and are this mature, then that is what I should do. Other times we think that we want to be just as radical as someone else. And still other times we hear people talk about revival, and we study what they did and how they got there in hopes that if we do exactly what they did, we too can have revival. Copying others’ methods puts our focus on them and what they did.

Instead, we must start where they started—with Christ Himself. Everyone wanting more of Him has to START and CONTINUE with the Giver of Life, and His Name is Jesus. ‘The Life’ is only found in Jesus who is ‘The Way’. Real growth only takes place when Jesus is the One who begins a particular work, and we simply obey His direction. As we fast AND SEEK HIM our faith will be focused on Him and not on what someone else did. He will be ‘The Way’ for us. He will revive us. He is our focus!

Remember: fasting, like all spiritual disciplines or methods, doesn’t have life in itself. It just puts us in the right place to have fellowship with Christ, and to hear His voice.

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Lord, help me to focus on knowing You.
• Lord, I continue to seek Your face for a fresh move of Your Spirit in my life, family, workplace, congregation, and in our nation.

By Pastor Niel Van Staden

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DAY 14 – THE POWER OF PRAYER AND FASTING

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DAY 14 THE POWER OF PRAYER AND FASTING
Prayerfully read Mark 9:29; Isaiah 58

“And He replied to them, ‘This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” Mark 9:29 (AMP)

I am sure we all have memories of how lethargic we become after we have stuffed ourselves on Thanksgiving dinner. Often we find ourselves falling asleep or at least wanting to if given the opportunity.

How often, over the years, I have heard people quote the above scripture, thinking that when we fast it is almost like a hunger strike to make God do something for us. I have heard people say, ”I fasted even, and God didn’t do what I asked.” I have to admit, that growing up, when my church called for a fast, I too, thought the same thing.

Fasting is not trying to prove how serious we are or to make God do what we want. Fasting is acquiring a sensitivity in the spirit. When I am full on Thanksgiving dinner, my body and mind want to sleep. When I deny myself food, my spirit becomes more alive, more sensitive. It is easier to receive things from the Holy Spirit.

When living in Hong Kong, I saw that even the realms of darkness understood this principle. When they were preparing to walk on hot coals or climb a ladder of swords, they would fast so they could more easily receive the spirits of their gods to perform this feat.

When we fast, we too, can more easily receive the Spirit of the Living God to perform the works of the Kingdom of God.

P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Lord, I empty my body to cause my spirit man to become more sensitive to Your Holy Spirit. Fill me Lord – possess me with your Holy Spirit.
• Give me a sensitive ear in the realm of the spirit to better hear Your voice. Pray Isaiah 50:4,5.
• Like Jesus, I want to do what You do, and say what You say,

By Pastor Beverly Schneider

More Than Enough – Day 11

Wednesday April 17, 2013

Thank You Lord that the entrance of Your Word sheds light and illumination into my soul.  Thank You that “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  (Ps. 119: 105).  Thank You that when I don’t know what to do, I can sit quietly in Your Presence and soak myself in Your Word, and find that Your Words are sweet to my taste and honey to my mouth (Ps. 119:103).  Your Spirit breathed Word is always “more than enough” to bring guidance and direction into my life.  Lord increase my hunger for Your Word.  Give me and my family tender hearts, and receptive ears to hear what You are speaking in this hour.  Meditate on Psalm 119!  Lord, pour out Your Spirit.

More Than Enough – Day Three

Tuesday – April 9, 2013

Today we celebrate the amazing truth of God’s promises. His Word is “more than enough” to give us guidance and direction in everyday life. Read prayerfully Psalm 1. Yield yourself to Him in a fresh way today, and thank Him for filling you with a hunger and thirst for His Word and His Presence. Invite Him to show you how His promises are always “more than enough” for every need of your life! Pray for His promised revival Presence. Acts 2: 17-21 Ask Him specifically to fill the young people in your family and in our church family with His Holy Spirit. “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)