Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Day 17: Prayer & Fasting

Read and SOAP Mark chapter 8

Jesus was clearly a man of power and action, not just words. The miracles he performed came from a motivation of love and a desire to draw people to God.

The more convinced we become that Jesus is God, the more we will see his power and love. His mighty works show us He is able to save anyone regardless of their past. The miracle of forgiveness brings healing, wholeness and powerful change to those who trust Him.

"Lord, I declare Your goodness and that You are the only true God. I thank You that you are still a God of action today. I wait with an expectant, hopeful heart as Your mighty hand touches my life, bringing healing and salvation. In Jesus name, Amen.”

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Day 16: Prayer & Fasting

Read and SOAP 1 Samuel chapter 20

How fortunate David was to have a friend like Jonathan, someone who stuck by him through thick and thin. Jonathan was a friend that would even feel a righteous anger because of the shameful treatment that David received.

What kind of friends do you have? We must strive to have friends in our life like Jonathan – the ones who will encourage and support us, no matter what. In addition, we must always strive to be a “Jonathan” kind of friend to others.

“God, please help me to surround myself with people that will always point me towards Your best. Today as I fast and seek You, I ask you to reveal to me the people that You have placed in my life that will help me become the person You are calling me to be. Amen.”

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Day 15: Prayer & Fasting

Read and SOAP 1 Samuel chapter 19

The Israelites were under attack. Jonathan, an intercessor for David, saw the hand of God upon David’s life and knew that he stood blameless before God.

Our victories may cause jealousy to surface in others and may result in us being undeservingly persecuted. However, we can take comfort in knowing that Christ intercedes for us and gives us favor. He also surrounds us with people who will support and encourage us. We can’t always control how people treat us, but we can control how we honor God.

“Lord, help me to honor You as I seek to draw closer to You during this season of prayer and fasting. Even through persecution, allow my conduct to glorify You. In the name of Jesus, help me to intercede on behalf of others who may be dealing with judgment, jealousy, and unwarranted attacks. Amen.”

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Day 14: Prayer & Fasting

Read and SOAP Mark chapter 7

The Pharisees and teachers of the law had been given the commands, statutes and teachings of God, but seemed to miss the whole point. Their adaptation of the law had become empty, hollow and heartless.

We are given a solemn warning that if we are not careful, we can fall into this same trap. It is easy to settle into a routine and focus on schedules and to-do-lists. Although we don’t mean for it to happen, the voice of God can get drowned out by these distractions. Let this time of prayer and fasting disrupt the regular patterns of life. Make time to meditate on God’s Word and listen to His Voice. You will experience clarity where there was confusion, and peace during the trial.

“Father, I choose to disconnect from all the distractions to draw closer to You. Let my eyes be steady on what You have set before me and help me never lose focus on the things of substance that produce life. Amen.”

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Day 13: Prayer & Fasting

Read and SOAP 1 Samuel chapter 18

Even Saul, who tried to kill David, recognized the hand of God on his life. David’s success and favor was two-fold. First, David understood from his past experiences that his success was a result of the Lord being with him. Second, David was given the responsibility of leading the king’s men into battle against the enemies of Israel. David had determined in his heart to advance the kingdom of his king.

As you fast today, reflect on the victories that God has given you in your life and consider them as preparation and confirmation of the victories to come. Praise God for where He has positioned you in your life and commit to advancing the Kingdom of your King, Jesus.

“Dear Jesus, thank You for all that You have done and are going to do in my life. Help me to acknowledge You and receive Your grace in everything that I do. Allow my life to bring glory to Your name as You empower me to advance Your Kingdom in my world. Amen.”

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Day 12: Prayer & Fasting

Read and SOAP 1 Samuel chapter 17

Saul was a seasoned warrior. Who would know better than Saul which weapons would be necessary to defeat Goliath? However, God wanted to deliver His people in a way that would leave no doubt that He had done the work. By using a shepherd boy with a small stone and a sling, no man could take credit for the victory. It was clearly God who delivered His people from Goliath and the Philistines.

When we rely on our own strength, we will experience limitations. But when we trust in God's strength, He gets the victory and the glory, and we get to be a part of His plan.

“Father, putting my name on Your plan is like Saul putting his armor on David. Please don’t let me ever try to cover what You are doing. Let me be transparent, so that You always get the glory You deserve. In the name of Jesus, Amen.”

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Day 11: Prayer & Fasting

Read and SOAP Psalm chapters 56-57

David decided to put his trust God when people were attacking him. He asks, “what can man do to me?” What a declaration of confidence! What a show of true faith and freedom from the fear of man.

Proverbs 29:25 says, “the fear of man brings a snare.” God wants us to place our trust in Him and fear Him. Not be afraid of Him, but have a healthy respect, esteem and honor for the Lord. When the Lord holds this place in our hearts, we don’t have to fear any other man.

“Father, when I am afraid of others or their opinions of me, I choose to trust in You. I fear, esteem, and honor You above any other. Thank You for peace and freedom from fear of man today in the name of Jesus.”

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Day 10: Prayer & Fasting

Read and SOAP 1 Samuel chapter 16

It’s time for a new king, Saul is out of control. The Lord sends Samuel to Bethlehem to find and annoint the next king. The shepherd boy who God has chosen is quite a surprise, not only to his family but to the experienced prophet as well!

God has given us gifts and talents that He’ll use for Kingdom purposes. We must not let our shortcomings determine if we are ready or not. Let us only ensure our heart is fully committed to saying “yes” to God. We must be careful to not judge anyone based solely on outer appearances.

“Heavenly Father, I pray that today You will use me to speak encouragement to others and work to uplift someone. Please show me someone with the heart to do what You have called them to do and give me the courage to come alongside them. Strengthen me with boldness to pray with them in spite of where they are in their life. Amen.”

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Day 9: Prayer & Fasting

Read and SOAP 1 Samuel chapter 15

After being instructed by God to destroy the Amalekite nation completely, Saul decides his own way is better. He ends up sparing the life of the Amalekite king and keeping the livestock that appealed to him. His disobedience caused God great sorrow.

Putting God first is really all about having the highest value for Him and what He says. Too often, we make our own adjustments to what God has said, thinking that we know best. Valuing God’s Word and trusting His ways means that when He speaks,we obey completely. Ask God to empower you follow His truth, make the decision that His way is your way, and then just do it.

“Father, open my eyes to see that Your ways lead only to life. I will trust You with all of my heart. Thank You that Your grace empowers me to walk in Your ways. Thank You that I have not been left to my own ability, but am empowered to live in a way I could never live on my own. Amen.”

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Day 8: Prayer & Fasting

Read and SOAP Mark chapter 6

Notice in this account that Jesus never takes His eyes off of His disciples. Though He may not have been with them in the boat in that moment, it did not mean that He wasn’t aware of everything that was going on.

Just because we may find ourselves in a storm from time to time, it doesn’t mean that Jesus does not know exactly where you are. Though it may feel like you are on your own in the boat, rest assured in knowing that the Savior has His eyes fixed on you.

“Dear God, help me trust in You to a greater degree, even amidst the scariest storms of life. I know You have Your eyes on me and that You know where I am the entire time. Thank You for that assurance. In Jesus name, Amen.”

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Day 7: Prayer & Fasting

Read and SOAP 1 Samuel chapter 14

Jonathan and his armor bearer made room for God to act on their behalf. They had the perspective that God was bigger than them and able to do more than they could. They also understood that God did not have the same limitations or hindrances that they were subject to.

In this season, we should make room for God in our lives through every means available: praying, fasting, giving, devotions. When we make room for God to operate in our lives, He can do much more to fix our situations than we can. When we submit areas of our lives to God, He can remove the hindrances and push past our personal limitations.

“Lord, I ask You to show me areas of personal limitation in my life. I know that You want to bring a breakthrough in this area and I pray You would show me how to make room for You to move. Show me, teach me, guide me and change me, Father. You are bigger than I am and can do way more than I can! Amen.”

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Day 6: Prayer & Fasting

Read and SOAP 1 Samuel chapter 13

It was no doubt that Saul was under a lot of pressure to lead the people into battle. Though he had been given specific instructions on how to proceed, he felt compelled to offer the burnt offering himself. Instead of worshipping in the Lord’s way, Saul chose to do it how he saw fit. This was a huge mistake that cost Saul the anointing as king.

No matter what your instincts might be telling you, it is NEVER the prompting of the Holy Spirit to go outside of God’s will to get things done. As a leader, this will remove you from God’s covering, in addition to everyone you have been charged to lead.

“Father, I thank You for the Holy Spirit that guides and prompts me in Your ways. Thank You that You never leave me or forsake me. Help me to always choose Your ways over my own, for Your ways are higher than mine. In Jesus name, Amen.”

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Day 5: Prayer & Fasting

Read and SOAP Mark chapter 5

The demon-possessed man was struggling with something that not only kept him up all night, but it was also something he had dealt with for a very long time. He was in constant agony and wanted relief so badly. He would cut himself out of frustration, irritation and desperation, wondering why he was dealing with this issue.

Do you ever find yourself so frustrated that you hurt not only yourself but others? Ever struggle about why you’re in a particular situation? Notice that in this passage, the man saw Jesus, ran to Him, laid it down at His feet and was changed forever. After this encounter with the Messiah, he was purposely sent back to his home town so people could see the change that Jesus made in him.

“Heavenly Father, I pray that today I would have the kind of resolve it takes to lay my burdens at Your feet. I am faced with so much and I know that You care about every last detail of my life. Create a testimony through my experiences that will reach others some day and bring You the glory You deserve. Amen.”

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Day 4: Prayer & Fasting

Read and SOAP 1 Samuel chapter 12

The prophet Samuel gives his farewell address after anointing Israel’s first king, Saul. God graciously permitted His people to have an earthly king and promised to bless them as long as they and their king remained obedient to Him first. However, the Israelites’ failure to comply with God’s standards resulted in them missing out on the promises that their ancestors received.

God wants to rule and reign in our hearts. We often struggle with walking by faith and not by sight, so we seek something tangible. God, in His perfect permissive will and grace, will grant our requests under a stipulation - that we are completely obedient to His Word. The promises of God always carry the asterisk of obedience.

“Heavenly Father, I pray that You give me the strength to be obedient to Your Word. During this season of fasting and prayer, help me to hear Your voice more clearly so that I can operate within Your will. Amen.”

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Day 3: Prayer & Fasting

Read and SOAP 1 Samuel chapter 11

The Israelites were under attack. Was there anyone that could save them? Note some interesting symbolism here: Nahash means “serpent.” Jabesh means “dried up.” The “eye” is symbolic of vision and whenever “right” is mentioned, as in the “right hand of God,” it symbolizes authority. Clearly, the attack was a spiritual one.

When our relationship with Jesus feels “dried up”, our enemy attacks. Have you ever considered compromise as an option? Compromise comes from a lack of vision and authority over the enemy. Today, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any compromise in your life and where you need to be recommitted to Christ. Respond in obedience and Jesus will restore both your authority and your vision so you will experience victory!

“Lord, my desire is to follow You with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Please help me today to see any of the areas of my life in which I have intentionally or unintentionally allowed compromise to creep in. Today, I recommit my life completely to You. Awaken my soul and fill me with Your presence. Amen.”

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Day 2: Prayer & Fasting

Read and SOAP Mark chapter 4

Jesus gave us insight into understanding how His Kingdom would work in our lives. Like a farmer sowing seed, amazing things happen when the seed falls on good, healthy, fertile ground.

Our hearts are like the garden. The things we plant into our lives will grow, and weeds can sprout up if we are not paying attention. If we are going to experience all the amazing things Jesus has provided, we must be intentional about planting the “right” things in our hearts and getting rid of the “weeds”. Plant His Word, cultivate it, and it will produce an incredible harvest. As you fast, expect God to reveal Himself to you more clearly.

“Lord Jesus, thank You for helping me see the amazing truth of sowing Your Word into my life. The harvest that is produced is transforming my life. Help me to see You for who You really are. Help me to see myself in light of who I have become because of Your gift of righteousness. Amen.”

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Day 1: Prayer & Fasting

Read and SOAP 1 Samuel chapter 10

Saul was clearly appointed by God as Israel’s first king. As a result of the Holy Spirit’s work in him, he became a different person. God was everything Saul needed for success, but as Saul’s power grew, so did his pride. He stopped seeking God’s will, and eventually jealousy and strife began to decay both him and the nation he had been entrusted to lead.

Our success depends solely on our devotion to God, not our position, wisdom, or strength. God honors obedience - we must consistently obey God. Rebellion against God is a very dangerous sin. As we choose to rebel, we close the door to forgiveness and restoration with God.

“Father God, I acknowledge that You are everything I need and I commit every area of my life to You during this season of prayer and fasting. I ask You to forgive me of any disobedience, arrogance and rebellion. I commit today to walk in obedience to Your Word. I surrender control to You, and ask for Your Spirit to fill me so that I might live a life that glorifies You. In Jesus Name, Amen.“

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

It all starts tomorrow!

Tomorrow begins a very special season of prayer and fasting for Family Life Church and 1000's of other churches all around the world. Each year we set aside the first month to seek God for His will, wisdom, provision, and power. Every year, without fail, God shows up and honors His Word and rewards those who are diligently seeking Him.

The FLC staff is praying that God will reveal Himself to you Big Time as you press into Him. We're believing for miracles, supernatural provision, restoration of relationships, and divine healing to impact your life. We trust you will grow spiritually and know God more than you ever dreamed possible.

As you prepare to fast (remove food, drink, media and other distractions) ask God what He wants you to cut out of your daily routine. Make each day of the Awakening mean something by setting time aside to pray. Spend time reading your Bible with us and SOAP (go HERE for SOAP info) with a prayerful expectation that God will speak to you. Open your heart to Him and watch His will unravel in your life like never before!

We would love to hear your God stories throughout the 21 days. Please take a moment and share with us the wonderful works of Heaven that take place in your life here on earth. It will inspire others to continue to press into the Father.

Fasting and praying with you!

Pastor Dan & Stephanie

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Awakening 21 Prayer & Fasting Event

Family Life Church will be joining with 1000's of churches around the world for a 21 day season of prayer and fasting beginning sundown Sunday, January 15th through Saturday, February 4th. Stop by here each day for a personal devotional. We encourage you to read the daily Bible chapter, SOAP with us and seek God through prayer.

Fasting doesn't move God closer to us, but it moves us closer to God. Make room for the purposes of God this year by putting Him first through prayer and fasting.

Visit Awake21.org for more information!