Begin this new day by praying this prayer out loud. As you are able, consider kneeling as a physical expression of your commitment to Jesus as Lord of your life and the one you desire to lead you this day. Alternatively, you might consider placing a hand over your heart as you pray this prayer.
God of rescue and restoration, thank You for Your great and beautiful mission in the world. Here I am Lord, fill me with Your Spirit and send me.
When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Why do we fast? Do we fast to be seen, lose weight, perhaps punish ourselves in some way? Or do we fast to cleanse our souls, to focus on what is truly honest, and to see ourselves as God sees us? Originally, fasting was meant to help us clear our vision and literally see God. If our intent is to see God, God will reward us with a glimpse, a view of God that will answer a question or reveal a truth. He might reveal a truth that has been hidden from our soul or give us hope in a chaotic, uncertain time. Perhaps, the glory of God will be revealed to us!
What would you fast from in order to see God, to receive a revelation that is uniquely meant for you? Could you fast from the media, entertainment, food, drink, ingratitude? When will your fast begin?
When you are finished with your time of reflection, close out this time with this prayer.
Father, help me to live this day to the full,
being true to You in every way.
Jesus, help me to give myself away to others,
being kind to everyone I meet.
Spirit, help me to love the lost,
proclaiming Christ in all I do and say.
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