Daily Devotional – 1/21/19 “Let us pray!”

Our Father in Heaven,

Your name is Holy on my tongue as I come petitioning your throne. God, give us, this day, daily bread that sustains us, strength that carries us and obedience that shall loose us from the hand of enemy. God, I thank you for waking me up with a stable mind, eyes that see, mouth that speak, activity of my body, a warm home, food, clothes, shoes, transportation, for family and friends, a job and for things being as well as they are. God, I thank you for never forgetting me even when I forsake you. Now God, as I pray for your people; forgive me of anything I’ve said or done that’s not like you. Increase in me that my prayer reaches your ears and by faith it’s already being done. For today, I come for healing of arthritis, migraine headaches, vertigo, high blood pressure, heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, leukemia, colon cancer, strokes, heart attacks, lupus, fibromyalgia, sickle-cell, kidney disease, liver disease, sinus problems, flu, clogged arteries, multiple sclerosis, ailments and diseases. God, deliver the broken-hearted, broken-spirited, low self-esteem, depressed and suicidal.

God, the government may be shut down but Heaven is still open and your word says, if I ask in faith, it shall be so I come asking for provision for all those affected. Increase God so they shall not be hunger, their gas tank never empty, bills are covered and their faith never waivers. For those who have poured out to help those in need, pay them back in increase. Then God, don’t stop there because I need you to bind the hands, stifle the tongue and heal the heart of the bully so they no longer hurt others. For the abuser, user and manipulator; snatch them out of their sin so they never hurt again. For the abused, avenge them God because your wrath is greater than ours. For the addicted, give them a heart to want to be delivered. For the hopeless, restore hope. For the downtrodden, pick them up and steady their walk. For the grieving, comfort. For those you’ve ordained to shepherd your people, give strength to stand in the midst of spiritual storms and chaos for it is your will that shall be done, not ours. And God, if it’s ours to endure, give us strength to withstand. If we have to go through the darkness, give us night-time vision and if we have to suffer the storm, cover us until you say it’s finished. Hear now, God this prayer as I humbly submit it to you. Amen.

“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:13-14

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Daily Devotional – 1/17/19 “Fasting is not for play!”

We are in a season of fasting and praying. Some of you may have already begun or about too but I need you to know, fasting is not to be played with. Fasting is real and it has the power to shift your entire being. Fasting isn’t something you do to be with the crowd. Fasting is between you and your God. Fasting isn’t something you attempt because you want to lose weight. Fasting is abstaining from something for a period of time as a way to cleanse your body, mind and spirit. Fasting isn’t something you do because you want to look Holy and to get God’s attention, real quick. Fasting is seeking God for something you can’t do on your own. Fasting is what you do for spirituality, strength, instruction, guidance and clarity with prayer, pure intentions, a clean heart and clean hands. Fasting isn’t for play because when you fast, the enemy amps up his attacks against you.

Bible says in Isaiah 58:1-5, “Shout with the voice of a trumpet blast. Shout aloud! Don’t be timid. Tell my people Israel of their sins! Yet they act so pious! They come to the Temple every day and seem delighted to learn all about me. They act like a righteous nation that would never abandon the laws of its God. They ask me to take action on their behalf, pretending they want to be near me. ‘We have fasted before you!’ they say. ‘Why aren’t you impressed? We have been very hard on ourselves, and you don’t even notice it!’ “I will tell you why!” I respond. “It’s because you are fasting to please yourselves. Even while you fast, you keep oppressing your workers. What good is fasting when you keep on fighting and quarreling? This kind of fasting will never get you anywhere with me. You humble yourselves by going through the motions of penance, bowing your heads like reeds bending in the wind. You dress in burlap and cover yourselves with ashes. Is this what you call fasting? Do you really think this will please the Lord?”

In other words, God says you look Holy but you really aren’t. You act righteous but you continually sin. You cry out to God to work on your behalf but your hands are covered with the blood of your brothers and sisters who you claim to love but kill off in group messages. You want God to be impressed by what you show people, not realizing He also sees what you do in the dark. Beloved, God isn’t moved by your ability to fast from food you don’t eat anyway. God isn’t moved by your fasting when you still fight and belittle people with your mouth and actions. In fact God says in Isaiah 58:4, “This kind of fasting will never get you anywhere with me.” You want to know the real fasting that God wants? Read Isaiah 58:6-14 and stop playing! God isn’t pleased with the show but He’ll be moved by your true worship.