How is your fast going?
Whatever you’ve chosen to give up for these two weeks, our collective aim that this would be the kind of fast that Isaiah prophesied about: a fast that looses the chains of oppression and wickedness, bringing restoration to the people and places around us!
TODAY’S PSALM: Psalm 121
Here’s a prayer to use today:
Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,Attributed to Sir Francis Drake , circa 1577
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
TODAY’S BIBLE PASSAGE: Isaiah 58
TODAY’S POINTS FOR PRAYER:
Reflect on the passage in Isaiah.
- Let’s ask God that he would give us wisdom so that our fast would be the kind of fast he’s looking for!
- Are you needing to repent and ask for forgiveness over any wrong motivations for fasting or choices you’re making that are inconsistent with fasting?
- Ask God that this time of fasting would be a time for justice and mercy, both in your life but also in the lives of those around you. Ask God to show you what that looks like for you!