Many churches begin each new year in a season of prayer and fasting as a means of consecration and separation from the demands of this world. If you are currently fasting this reading is for you, and if not maybe you could consider a period of fasting soon (it’s a biblical expectation that we all should at some point anyway).
Sharing some spiritual food…
This season of fasting is a perfect opportunity for reflection on how we are doing with carrying out the assignment God has given to each of us to serve others.
Your some what empty, growling belly should produce more empathy for those who are hungry on a daily basis. Perfect!! Your extra prayer and study of the word should re-ignite your desire to go witness to somebody. Anybody!! Your quiet time of meditation should slow you down just enough to notice the hurting, fearful souls who are all around you on a daily basis. Do you see? Awesome!!
Take this time of fasting to ask God to show you how you can serve or help support someone else in your home, church, community, or worldwide.
We have supported St. Judes Research Hospital for many years in addition to our giving at church, because they provide care to children with cancer from donations only. I personally love ministering to children, so that fact instantly tugged on my heart. Just think, that is one less concern for the stressed out, heartbroken parents, because their child is cared for at no charge to them. That’s a blessing!!
Hospitals. Prisons. Nursing homes. Local and global missions. There are so many opportunities available for us to help others beyond our own walls!! So, what are YOU going to do today to serve others, and as an extension God?
Words To Stand On…
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Walk It Out…
Stop and take a moment to meditate on this devotional and more importantly the mighty Word of God. How does this apply to you on today? What are you currently believing God for in your life? What do you need to let go of or stop doing immediately? What do you need to begin doing? Pray and listen. Now step out in faith and go forth in Jesus name!