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Freedom in Fasting

A fast that God approves

Many churches and individuals begin the New Year with a 21-day Daniel Fast. My church has done it for the past several years and I have participated in many of them. Last year I did not because I dreaded facing weeks of preparation reading labels, spending extra money on appropriate food items, looking for recipes that were Daniel-fast approved, etc. etc. etc.

(In 2016 I wrote a post about why this approach to fasting was troubling to me—see the link below to read that post).

To me this whole modern approach to fasting seems to be the antithesis of Daniel’s motivation for fasting. Daniel 10: 1-3 says he was in mourning because of a vision: “In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, a revelation was given to Daniel (who was called Belteshazzar). Its message was true and it concerned a great war. At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.” (NIV)

Two things strike me about Daniel’s fast in this passage:

(1) Daniel’s motivation for fasting was about a Great War he saw in a vision. What if we entered our fast truly mourning the “Great War” the enemy is waging against our nation, our culture, our youth and the Church and crying out for God’s intervention.

(2) Just as Daniel entered his fast focusing on the spiritual by denying his flesh and refusing the king’s rich food—so our focus for fasting should be on denying our flesh and humbling ourselves—not spending our time focusing on what foods we can and can’t eat during the fast.

This year I am participating in the fast, but with a new freedom. I’m simply giving up what I personally consider my “choice, rich and pleasant foods” and focusing my attention on spending time drawing near to God in His Word, in worship and in prayer.

If you are participating in a fast this year, I suggest you search your motives and seek God for how He wants you to fast. Trust Him to lead you.

Click here to read my other post about fasting: The Daniel Fast: Are We Really Denying Ourselves?

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Online class–Lord, It’s Boring in My Prayer Closet

Join me for an online class on prayer!

I teach an online  course based on my book, Lord, It’s Boring in My Prayer Closet, for BeADisciple.com–a great online site affiliated with Southwestern College that offers a variety of Christian classes for pastors, lay leaders and all who want to go deeper with the Lord.

 

For more info see click here: BeADisciple

Praying God-Inspired Prayers

Bible and cup of coffeeOften our prayer time can feel more like a burden than a joy. In fact, it can be downright boring! Perhaps it’s because we’re going to God with our grocery list of needs and wants instead of listening to what God wants us to pray.

Joyce Meyer, in her book Hearing from God Each Morning says:

I think one of the reasons we sometimes feel unfulfilled in prayer or sense that we are not finished praying about a matter is that we spend so much time just praying our prayers. But—there is a better, higher, more effective way to pray: praying God’s prayers. To be honest with you, if I am praying my prayer, I can pray about something for fifteen minutes and still feel unfinished; but if I am being led by the Holy Spirit and praying God’s prayer, I can pray two sentences and feel completely satisfied. Continue reading

Collegiate Day of Pray–February 23, 2017

cdop-2017-facebook-cover-851x315A Day of prayer for colleges across this nation! 

The Collegiate Day of Prayer is upon us. It is a day set aside for us to worship and contend together for the millions of college students in our nation.

One of the beautiful things about CDOP is that how you pray can vary and it is all heard before the Lord. Some will pray alone, some will host a prayer meeting, some churches & campuses do a 24-hour prayer meeting or prayer-walk their school. Truly, no prayer meeting is alike and the Lord loves them all! Continue reading

Online Course based on my book!

Be A Disciple online class

Beginning January 16th I will be teaching an online class on prayer, based on my book, Lord, It’s Boring in My Prayer Closet (How to Revitalize Your Prayer Life) at BeADisciple.com.

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IFD236 – Lord, It’s Boring in My Prayer Closet: How to Revitalize Your Prayer Life
Course Dates: January 16 – March 3, 2017

Description:

If prayer is so important, why is it so hard? Many Christians struggle to overcome boredom and listlessness in prayer. During this seven week study, participants will examine their own prayer life and be challenged to experience prayer in some new ways that will revitalize their prayer life.

Geared for those new to prayer as well as seasoned prayer warriors, this course helps students understand why God gave us prayer and discover their “personal prayer sphere” and their personal “prayer passion.” Students will use scriptures in a new way to form prayers and prayer declarations, learn ways to fix a prayer life that is offline, and explore related topics such as spiritual warfare and fasting. Instructor Sandra Chambers will share her own struggles and victories as she has sought to become more engaged with her prayer life.

Click on “Be A Disciple online class”  above to go directly to the class listing where you can register.  And please share with friends!