16 Jan 21 Days of Fasting & Prayer
First let me congratulate you for taking the journey of fasting! By now, if you are like me, your head might be hurting, you might feel a little sluggish and possibly drained. Let me encourage you…hang in there. After about day 3 your body will normalize and you will feel better – I promise!
During the next 21 days, I want to encourage you to make it a point to press into God in ways like you have never done before. The secret to fasting is found in the intentional practice of putting God first. As you put Him first, by making your flesh take a back seat, you can expect to hear the voice of God more clearly, receive wisdom in the areas that you are praying for, and encounter God in ways that you have never dreamed of before! It is an exciting time!
A Thought from Exodus
This morning, I was reading in Exodus 17 and I was reading about Israel’s victory over the Amalekites. Here Israel has come out of the Egypt and they are traveling to the Promise land. They had some challenges along the way – food source dried up, did not have enough water; yet, at every juncture God was there and provided for his people. It was almost as if God was teaching his people, “I am all you need.” As the story continues, Exodus 17:8 tells us that the Amalekites came to pick a fight with Israel. I guess you could say, things just went from bad to worse.
It is important to remember that up until this time, Israel had never been at war. They were not skilled in battle. Their weapons were few. But as they went out to battle, God showed up and gave them the strength, will power, and wisdom on how to win the battle. At the end of the day, Moses built an altar and called its name “The Lord Is My Banner!”
Today I want to remind you the battles you are facing, the breakthroughs that you are needing in your family, finances, business, and even our church…those battles belong to the Lord! We have to do our part, but the battle is the Lord’s! For He is Jehovah Nissi – Our banner, Our Victor!
Today, as you fast and pray for breakthrough…I want to encourage you to let your heart flow with praise that the Lord is in control. When things go from bad to worse, just start praising God that He is our Banner that He is High and Lifted up!