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Day 13 – Fasting For a Problem

Daily Devotional – Day 13 “Fasting For a Problem” Read:  Ezra 8:21-23 Fasting and prayer in Scripture occurred for several reasons.  Jesus fasted for preparation in His ministry.  Ezra fasted because he was facing a problem and needed God’s help.  In 538 B.C., the Persians overthrew the Babylonians and the […]

Day 11 – Esther’s Fast

Daily Devotional – Day 11 “Esther’s Fast” Read:  Esther 4:12-16 King Ahasuerus of Persia had been convinced by Haman, his second-in-command, to kill all the Jews because the Jew Mordecai would not bow down to him.  Esther, a Jew, had been chosen as a queen of this kingdom and was […]

Day 10 – The Fast God Chooses

Daily Devotional – Day 10 “The Fast God Chooses” Read:  Isaiah 58:1-12 “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?” -Isaiah 58:6 Fasting helps us express […]

Day 8 – Jesus’ Test

Daily Devotional – Day 8 “Jesus’ Test” Read:  Matthew 4:1-11 Before He began His ministry, Jesus fasted forty days and nights.  Who wouldn’t be starving and physically weak after a forty day fast?  After all, Jesus was fully human while He was fully God (John 1:14; Colossians 2:9).  Why did […]

Day 6 – When You Fast

Daily Devotional – Day 6 “When You Fast” Read:  Matthew 6:16-18 “Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their […]

Day 5 – This is How You Should Pray

Daily Devotional – Day 5 “This Is How You Should Pray” Read:  Matthew 6:9-13 Directions are a good thing.  Every Christmas and birthday for my kids I eventually resort to the directions for assembling gifts.  Notice I said “eventually resort to”.  There’s something in me that wants to try it […]

Day 1 – Jesus Fasted Too

21 Days of Prayer and Fasting Daily Devotional – Day 1, January 6, 2013 “Jesus Fasted Too” Read:  Matthew 4:1-11 As we begin 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer at Family Church I want you to keep something in mind:  Jesus fasted too.  Not only does Jesus want us to […]