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Friday, January 8, 2010

Day 8: The Gratitude Challenge

I am going to be completely honest. Giving up food for seven consecutive days isn't the most exciting thing in the world.

But there is something to look forward to an opportunity to demonstrate humility before my Creator. There is something amazing when we respond to God's love by deliberately setting aside time for fasting and earnestly wanting to be intimate with Him.

As I commit to a seven-day prayer and fasting, I am grateful for the following opportunities:

1) Checking my heart on the nature of my prayer requests to Him.

2) Seeking God's will on every area of my life. And wholeheartedly agreeing with His will to be done. Fasting won't increase my chances for my prayers to be answered in the way that I want to. If I see it that way, I need to go back to number 1.

3) Developing discipline.

4) Strengthening the fruit of self-control.

5) Enjoying my Creator in ways that I never have before!

"When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven." Nehemiah 1:4

I am thankful that I have an opportunity to participate in one the greatest spiritual disciplines that will allow me to hear Him clearer.

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