Day 4: GIVE

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, stay warm, and be well fed,” but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it? James 2:15-16 CSB

The prayer notes for today is very short and simple.

If you are willing, start the day trusting God in prayer to lead you to give and bless someone with your time, practical help, or finances.

For example, it could be as simple as going out of your way to help a peer or co-worker with their work. Perhaps this also includes giving in a special way to someone in your own family. Or it could be simply caring and going to over to pray for someone you know who is sick. If you are fasting perhaps you can apply the money you would have spent on eating and use it to bless someone else with a meal, whether it is stranger or someone you know.  Those are just a few possibilities. 

If it is not practical to give in this way today, let God settle in your heart a plan for a later time and commit to it.  

Then spend some time praying specifically for these people and others that God has put on your heart. 

Act 25:30 says, In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

May you experience the power and beauty of this truth as you obey and live it out. 

 


 

Day 3: LISTEN

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

My dear brothers and sisters, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger, James 1:19 CSB

Are you slow to anger or quick to anger?

The emotion of anger itself is not sin. It is actually quite normal and has a godly purpose. It helps us stand up for what is right, good, and true. However, if you do not apply God’s Word to anger, it can most certainly lead to sin. Ephesians 4:26 tells us, “Be angry and do not sin…”

There is a difference between acting out of anger versus interacting with our anger. Interacting with our anger helps slow things down instead of quickly acting on it.

Christian, we must continue to grow in bringing these feelings to God as soon as possible and let Him speak to them. This is one important way to put into action God’s Word in James, “be quick to listen, and slow to speak.” Learning to listen and listen well must start with our relationship with God. The more we grow in our ability to listen to God, the better we become at listening to others. 

So take a moment and interact with any angry feelings you may have been feeling recently.

What have you been angry about?

What have you been doing with this anger? 

What might be fueling this anger? Here are some possibilities: hurt, rejection, feeling wronged, offended, disrespected, injustice, fear, frustration, loss of control, and unmet expectations or needs. 

Because of this (hurt, rejection, injustice, fear, etc) what have you come to believe about yourself, others, or God?

Now take these beliefs, feelings and thoughts to God and talk with Him about it. Most importantly, listen to what He has to say. This not only means you are willing to hear His Word but also willing to accept what He tells you and instructs you to do.

Feel free to have this conversation with God as you walk, write, or talk and pray with others. You can work through this in moments of quietness or through the active moments in your day. God simply wants to connect with your heart. 

The second part of Ephesians 4:26 says, “Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.” Meaning deal with it today and every day.

Anger is not something you eliminate, it is something you present to God as an instrument of righteousness (Romans 6:13).  So don’t  let your anger go unresolved. Deal with it now. Present it before the Lord and let Him shine His light on it, speak life into it, and enable you to do what is right with it. 

Do what it says: Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.

 


 

Day 2: ASK

Monday, July 23, 2018

But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:6 CSB

Let him ask…

in faith…

You have probably heard the phrase: “It is not what you say, it’s how you say it.” Here in this verse we learn that is not just what we ask God in prayer but more importantly how we ask Him. What we ask God may reveal the deep concerns we have in our heart but how we ask Him, in faith or with doubting, reveals our heart towards Him, specifically whether or not we truly trust Him. 

Christian, do you trust God with the things you are bringing to Him in prayer?

This question is not meant to be a challenge. It is written as a loving invitation to make vulnerable the important things you ask of Him and to put them fully into His hands. 

Perhaps you have had issues with trust. Valid reasons. However, please understand that your ability to trust is core to who you are as a human being. So our inability to trust makes us very unstable as a human being: like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. Verse 8 says, he is double-minded and unstable in all his ways.

The truth is God is the only One who can help you and heal your ability to trust. He gave you this ability in the first place, and He is the only One who can restore it by having you experience His perfect trustworthiness. You were in fact created to be in relationship where there is nothing less than perfect trust. This is His invitation to you to experience just that. It is goes far beyond simply giving you what you have asked. His desire is to make you whole from the inside out. 

So what do you have in your heart to ask Him? When you are ready, ask in faith without doubting.

Spend some time also meditating on truths about God’s faithfulness and praising Him for who He is.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:5-8

 


 

Day 1: CONSIDER

Sunday, July 22, 2018

During this week of Prayer & Fasting we will be taking our lead from what God has been teaching us through the Book of James.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22 NIV

This has been an important verse of Scripture we have been mediating on through this series, and each day this week we will focus on one specific action word found in the Book of James to help us put into action God’s word in our lives. 

For our purpose today on Day 1 of Prayer and Fasting, we will focus on the word “consider.” 

James 1:2 says, Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

The word “consider” essentially means making a willful decision to change your outlook and attitude. Biblically this means to fully take on God’s attitude and perspective in regards to your current situation, your identity or purpose in life.

This is really important because your outlook and attitude is what determines your action or inaction. How you face what is going on in your life right now is completely dependent upon your perspective and attitude. How you head into this week of Prayer and Fasting is also dependent upon your attitude and what you choose to value in this week. 

So today, consider carefully these questions and take them into your time of prayer:

What do you desire in this week of Prayer and Fasting? What are you seeking God for?

Do you have any ungodly attitudes or perspectives towards someone in your life, your past or present situation, or yourself that you need to surrender to God?

Are you willing to take on God’s attitude and perspective and consider whatever trial you are facing right now as pure joy?

 


 

Fasting FAQs

What is the purpose of fasting?

Whilst fasting can be physically good for us this is not the reason we fast.

It is not to lose weight
It is not to go hungry for as long as we can in order to discipline our self
It is not to impress God
It is not to prove I am a “good Christian”

It is to devote our self to a time of dedication to the Lord desiring to draw closer to Him as we spend quality time in prayer. Going without food is an outward sign of this devotion with expectancy for God to speak to us and reveal His will.

Who can fast?

As long as there are no medical reasons for you not to fast it is something anyone can participate in. It is advisable to take great care when considering children fasting. Our advice would be to encourage them to fast perhaps desserts, candy, treats or just one meal a day.

What do I fast?

Fasting means to go without food – this is the fasting the Bible talks about.

If a person feels convicted to fast other things (non essentials) such as movies, TV, Facebook, the Internet, hobbies or pastimes it is probably a good idea for them to assess if those things are taking a place in their life that is too prominent and consider permanently refraining from them or drastically reducing their time spent doing them.

For people for whom going without food is not advisable due to medical reasons they can consider going without special or “treat” type foods.

How much do I fast?

This must be determined only between you and God – do what He asks you to. Don’t feel forced or obliged to do more or less than you honestly know God gives you the faith for.

Some people will fast one meal a day. Some will fast two and others will fast all food.

We strongly advise you to keep your fluid intake up and if you are fasting meals think about the types of fluids you are drinking. Definitely do not consume alcohol while fasting!

How to prepare for a time of fasting

The worse thing you could do just before starting a fast is to ‘stockpile’! This means you eat more than you normally would to compensate for the food your body will be missing during the fast. All this does is stretch your stomach which will demand you keep it that full – you will feel even more hungry!

About 3-5 days before you start you fasting begin to reduce the amount of food you are eating at each meal. This way your stomach gradually shrinks and gets used to having less food.

If you intend to fast right through the 7 days, whether it is one meal or all food, prepare your schedule in advance. Think about appointments that may involve food.

How to come off the fast

Don’t plan to go out for a huge celebration meal on the last night of the fast to mark the end of your fast! You may suffer! Gradually introduce the meals you have been fasting to give your body time to re-adjust.

It is always a good time to assess your diet and determine if there are any foods you could actually benefit from not eating. This is a good time to make these adjustments.

What if I start fasting but can’t carry on?

Fasting is not about discipline or endurance – it’s about deepening the relationship with God and really focusing in on Him. God will never think you have failed if you have to stop fasting. If you have never fasted before, seriously consider starting at a level that you can sustain – like cutting out one meal a day.

Is it just about going without food?

Definitely not! If all you experience during fasting is hunger then nothing of any value has been achieved. Take at least the normal time you would spend preparing food and eating to get in God’s presence to pray and read the Bible. We recommend that you do all you can to get together with others (i.e. family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc) and join together to pray – it will really encourage you. Also, try to get to the Praise & Prayer Evenings at GSIS on Saturdays too (7:00 – 9:00 pm).

How to enjoy fasting!

Consider fasting to be an opportunity for you to draw closer to God and deepen your relationship with Him. Schedule to spend more quality time with Him and expect Him to talk to you – listen for Him.

Perhaps there are specific topics you feel you need answers on; maybe there are lifestyle habits you have not been able to previously break; you may be aware of things God has asked you to do but you have not done them; are there people in your life who need to know Jesus as Savior and Lord; do you have things in your life that haunt you form your past; what are God’s plans for you? As well as using the Daily Prayer Notes (online) and joining with the whole Church, these are excellent things to communicate with God during these days of prayer.

And, of course, join with us all to seek God’s will for The Nations. We believe this will be a powerful and significant time as we put God and His will first in our lives.

Other points

Be sure to bathe/shower every day, especially when you fast all food. Your body will remove toxins through the skin, which need to be washed away. You will notice that it affects your breath so be sure to clean your teeth regularly and perhaps use mouthwash too – you don’t need to lose your friends!

If you fast tea or coffee you may experience headaches as your body comes of caffeine. Don’t take painkillers if you are fasting food – this can damage your stomach. Choose if you want to detox from caffeine or reintroduce it into your diet.

As you get hungry you may also feel short tempered, easily upset, angry etc. This is a great opportunity to take these feelings to God and ask Him to help you know how to deal with them.

If you are fasting all food for 7 days you may well start to feel tired and weak. Your body will look for “food” from around your body and your muscles may well be affected. Be wise about physical activities, don’t exert yourself unnecessarily and be sure to get enough sleep. In cold weather take care to wear warm clothes when you go outside – your body will have less food to turn into heat energy. Be sure to drink plenty of water.

There is no reason for fasting to negatively affect your work or your appearance (apart from losing a few pounds). Jesus said we are to not draw attention to our self when fasting. Actually you will find that your mind becomes clearer and more alert, especially if your diet normally includes various “junk foods”.

For anyone fasting all food for a long time you will find the first 3-4 days are the most difficult. If you fast for an extended time you may actually find that you have to make yourself start eating again!

Fasting is not a competition or a way of proving your self-discipline to God or people. Be wise about fasting affecting your health and never feel you cannot stop fasting at any time

Day 7: Praise & Worship

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Prepare: Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13 NASB

Through this week, we have meditated on this Scripture above to allow God to prepare our hearts for what He wants to do in us and through us as His church. Let’s take a minute to review what God has been teaching us. 

First, we are to gird up our minds, which is a prayerful, mental action we do beforehand to prepare for the important actions God has for us. It gets us ready to obey God the moment He tells us to go.

We are then told to keep sober in spirit, to remain spiritually alert, by allowing God to show us and break us free of any dependencies we may have other than Him that would dull our spiritual senses. We must be spiritually alert in order to hear His voice and do His will. As we fully depend upon the Spirit, He is the one to produce His fruit of self-control so that we do not gratify the desires of the flesh, but instead walk in rhythm with His empowering Spirit. 

While we remain spiritually alert, we also expect eagerly and confidently that we will receive from God every blessing and provision that He has already made for us to accomplish His eternal purpose for our life until when Christ returns.

So what has this process of prayerful preparation been like for you?

Come and join us tonight to conclude our 7 Days of Prayer & Fasting at our evening of Prayer & Praise. It is on the 3rd floor of GSIS from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

We will continue to process in prayer and worship and have the opportunity to share the wonderful things God has been working in our hearts. 

In fact, here are some questions to begin reflecting on to discuss and pray on tonight:

How do you believe God been specifically preparing your heart through this week?

What has he been teaching you about prayer and fasting as a means for preparation?

What scripture has settled firmly in your heart from this week?

What has the Holy Spirit shown you about us as a church?

What is on your heart to pray for tonight?

Read: As we come to the last day of our week of prayer and fasting read Philippians chapter 4. I believe it will bless you and keep you steadfast in what God has worked in your heart this week. 

Apply: What word, verse, or parts of the passage blessed you to read?

Take some time to meditate on this and let it be the launching point for bringing thanks to God for all that He is doing in you, in His church, and for His glory. Allow the Spirit of God to lead you in heartfelt worship and praise to God. 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name (Psalms 100:4). 

Yield: Worship leads us to loving obedience. We experience God’s love through worship, and we also experience our love for Him through worship. Our motivation for yielding and obedience is always love. It is the love of Christ that compels us (2 Corinthians 5:14). 

John 14:15 says, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” This is not a statement of pressure or demand. It is the powerful outcome of true love. Obedience flows out of love. Prayer and worship has the power to forge the very will of God and my will as one. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” 

As you delight in the Lord, what godly desire is the Holy Spirit awakening in you? What choice or decision or behavior would best match that desire to be the outflow of loving obedience to Him?

Hope to see you all tonight!

 


 

Day 6: At Jesus’ Revelation

Friday, March 23, 2018

Prepare: Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13 NASB

Today we are focusing on the phrase, “at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

In the context of this verse, at the revelation of Jesus Christ specifically refers to the future appearing and return of Jesus Christ. The grace we fix our hope completely on is both fully present now and to be fully realized when the Lord returns. You see, the grace of God is eternal. It has been eternally established on what God has accomplished in the past (Jesus’ resurrection) and is fully available to us now, and will be fully realized when Jesus comes again. The eternal nature of God’s grace has the power to immerse every point in time with its transforming power. 

When you trusted Christ as your Savior and Lord not only did placing your hope completely on His grace have the power to transform your present reality but also your past and future. This is the eternal nature of God’s wonderful grace. 

In this particular verse (1 Peter 1:13), God’s Word teaches us that we experience the power of grace in our present lives as we fully hope in the future grace that will be brought to us when Jesus returns. Titus 2:11–13 says it this way, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” 

The grace of God is the resurrected Jesus Himself. He is the one who has appeared, bringing salvation to all men. Grace is also Christ living in us who instructs us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age. We experience this empowered life in the present as we wait and hope for the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

“…fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

As we continue to allow God to prepare our hearts for the plans He has for us as members of His Body, let us fix our hope completely on His eternal grace. Hoping fully for His return not only empowers us in our present circumstances but will also reveal the important, eternal work God wants to accomplish through us for His kingdom until the day our Lord returns. 

Read: 2 Peter chapter 3

Apply: What truth of God or word of instruction struck you and is convicting your heart? Conviction is the work of God’s Holy Spirit (John 16:8-11). The Holy Spirit, like a witness on stand, convinces and compels us to see very clearly an aspect of God’s will or truth. 

Talk with the Holy Spirit now about what He is showing you. If you are not familiar to interacting with the Holy Spirit, then this is a wonderful time to start. The Spirit of God is a Person. He has a mind to think (Romans 8:27), a heart that feels (Ephesians 4:30), and a will to act (1 Corinthians 12:11), and if you are a believer He i living inside you! One important reason the Holy Spirit has been given to you as a Christian is to reveal to you God’s Word. In fact, He’s the only one who is able to reveal to you what has been unknown to you before. This is actually what revelation means – to make known what was unknown or to finally see what was unseen. 

Take some time now and throughout the day to talk with the Holy Spirit of what He is teaching you through His Word today. 

Yield: What is the Spirit of God leading you to act upon in light of what He showed you through God’s Word and in prayer? The Holy Spirit wants to enable you and will empower you to obey. Do you believe this? 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

 


 

Day 5: On Grace

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Prepare: Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13 NASB

Today we are focusing on the phrase, “on the grace to be brought to you.”

Yesterday, we looked at how we are to hope as new creations in Christ – definitely and completely – because our hope is not simply a wish for the future. Rather it is a confident assurance that what we have hoped for will certainly come to pass.

The future hope we often read in the New Testament is firmly based on something that has already happened in the past, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. What God accomplished through the resurrection of His Son is to be the object of our hope.

So what did God exactly accomplish through the death and resurrection of His Son? God put into force the radical, new covenant of grace through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 9:15-17). He did everything. He alone established this unthinkable covenant of grace. Grace was brought to us and through faith we were brought into grace. 

God’s purpose for every person born into this world is to save them through Jesus (John 3:16-17). In order to accomplish this, God made and brought to us every provision we needed to be saved. This is such an important aspect of God’s grace – that God has already made and will bring to us every provision to fulfill His perfect will and eternal purpose in us. 

It is by this same amazing grace that first saved us that we also fix our hope completely on so to fulfill the very purpose He has for us on earth. God has already made and will bring to us every provision needed to fulfill His eternal purposes in and through us. 

As we allow God to prepare our hearts in this season, this revelation of grace – that He has already made and will bring to us every provision necessary to fulfill His call on our life – is what we must fix our hope completely upon. 

Read: 2 Peter chapter 1

Sometimes when we begin to read God’s Word we find that His Word is actually reading us. In other words, God’s Word has the ability to show us what is really in our hearts. Sometimes it exposes our trust in the flesh and other times it mirrors and illuminates the Word of God accomplished in us. I encourage you to let God’s Word read you as you open your heart to His life-transforming word. 

Apply: From what you read, what words of God’s truth sparked your heart and faith?

One suggestion is to speak out in prayer the provisions that God is revealing to you – the provisions that He has already made in Christ and will bring to you so to fulfill His great purpose in your life. 

Yield: If you really believe that God has already made and will bring forth every provision you need to fulfill His call in your life, then what needs to change in how you respond to God?

Will you choose to respond to Him in this manner? There is a big difference between when one says, “I want to” versus “I will.” “I want to” simply states a desire but this is not a decision of the will. “I will” is saying “yes” to God and begins the beautiful fulfillment of His desires in your heart. 

Say “yes” to God, it is truly and always the best decision. 

 


 

Day 4: Fix Your Hope

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Prepare: Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13 NASB

Today we are focusing on the phrase, “fix your hope completely.”

To hope means to want something good to happen or to be true. It is also a desire for an expectation we have to be fulfilled. However, without God our hope has nothing to stand on. Independent of God, our hope is at best wishful thinking because we have no ability to predict or control the future. No matter how hard we hope there is no guarantee that our hope will ever be fulfilled. We can even hope with great confidence but such confidence is not rooted in anything real other than our thoughts and emotions, which again have no power over whether or not a hope is fulfilled. 

However, the hope we read here in 1 Peter 1:13 is one of confident expectation because it is set on God’s eternal word, His nature, His promise, and His will. In fact we are instructed to fix our hopeTo “fix” in this context means to set or attach firmly, steadily, and definitely.

Not only are we to attach firmly and definitely our hope, we are to hope fully and completely in where we have placed our hope. The instruction is clear: we are not to waver or hold back on hoping on  what God says.

This is how new creations in Christ are to hope here on earth – definitely and completely. To hope in this manner is good and beneficial to us. The disappointments we experience in this world may have conditioned us to hope in moderation or diversify our hope in different possibilities (like a stock investment) or perhaps to not even hope at all. To hope in this manner is a flesh reaction.

The hope that God produces in us does not disappoint (Romans 5:5), and God tells us to fix our hope completely – there must be no holding back. In so doing our mind, emotions, and our will begin to line up and harmonize with our spirit that is in union with God’s Spirit. We experience what it means to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). And this harmony between our spirit and soul is what produces the Spirit’s peace, confidence, strength, and joy deep within us.  We become tuned to God and are prepared to respond to Him – “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

Read: Ephesians chapter 1. This chapter is full of heavenly hope.

Here is a suggestion: read the entire chapter out loud. In fact, speak it like you’re preaching it! There is power in speaking forth in faith and proclaiming God’s promises. Proclaim these truths boldly and let God flood your heart with His light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to you who he has called. 

Apply: What were the eyes of your heart enabled to see as you read and/or proclaimed the truths from this passage?

In prayer, fix your hope completely on what God revealed to you. 

Yield: What is one thing you can do differently today that would bring this hope and truth to life?

 


 

Day 3: Keep Sober

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Prepare: Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:13 NASB

Today we are focusing on the phrase, “keep sober in spirit.”

To be sober in spirit means to be spiritually alert. The definition of “sober” is to be habitually not intoxicated or drunk. Thus, to be sober in spirit is a discipline of our will and a habit of self-restraint that protects us from engaging excessively in anything that may inhibit our spiritual alertness.

Spiritual sobriety can apply to obvious things like alcohol but also other “good” or “neutral” things like our career, ministry, possessions, recreations, relationships, or really anything that we can become dependent upon for rest, peace, meaning, purpose, security, identity, love, etc. These kind of dependencies actually lead to a spiritual dullness if not darkness.

True self-control is actually a facet of God’s fruit produced through us as we live according to His Spirit (Galatians 5:16-23). Thus, it is important to remember that simply becoming more disciplined by your flesh is not the life-giving answer. That is why it is vital to allow God to lead you in these matters of obedience.

Open your heart to God and let Him identify where sobriety needs to occur so that you are spiritually alert. When we obey what God wants us to do in His timing and pace, we begin to walk in rhythm with Him. In this way, we walk by the Spirit and will not gratify the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).

To walk by the Spirit is to take Jesus’ yoke upon us and learn from Him directly. We experience His gentle and humble heart and find rest in Him. The life-giving words, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” then become very real to us (Matthew 11:29-30) as will the words from 1 John 5:3, “In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.”

As you open up your heart to God, is He identifying any area in your life that is affecting your spiritual alertness?

Read: Listen with your heart as your read this passage from Colossians 3:1-17.

In addition, here are a couple of other passages of Scripture that relate well to our focus today. If you would like to venture further feel free to also read: 1 Peter 4:7-11 , and 1 Peter 5:6-11.

Apply: What verse or part of what you read really stood out to you? Take God’s Word into prayer. In fact, you can simply pray God’s Word. This is a great starting point for prayer. Praying God’s Word just means you speak back to God – in your own words – the words you read in your Bible.

This is actually a form of active listening. When you simply speak back in your own words what you heard another person say, you are participating in active listening. In order to listen actively you must fully focus on BOTH the words and your understanding of the heart behind the words. Then speaking back what you understood not only shows the other person that you are genuinely listening but also gives wonderful opportunity for correction, clarification, and deeper understanding of the words you are receiving. This back-and-forth process deepens both the conversation and the relationship. 

In the same way, we can speak back to God our understanding of His heart behind the words we are receiving from Him. God then has the opportunity to work His Word in you with greater clarity, depth, and power. 

What verse or passage is in your heart to speak back to God in prayer? 

Yield: On Day 1 we read from James 2:17 in the Amplified version which says, “So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead).”

What deed or action would back up what God is doing in your heart? Are you willing to do this?