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Daniel Fast

Of the 40 Days of Prayer that we will be doing starting February 13th, the last 21 days will be our “21 Days of Consecration.”  When something is consecrated, it means that it is “set aside” for God.  A similar word is “sacred.”  It should be our desire for our lives to be set aside in worship to God: for His use & glory.  In the Scriptures, you will notice that when people are seeking God, they usually give something up in the process.  It is “giving up the physical to receive the spiritual.”  For example, when people fast, they give up physical food for a short while & spend the time that they would be preparing & eating food in prayer.

For all those who are able, we will be doing the “Daniel Fast” for the 21 days.  You can read more about that below.  I will also be sharing more information about the Daniel Fast at church.

Everyone in the SR Family will be encouraged to set aside something in worship & consecration for the 21 days.  Lord willing, we will have many join in our church-wide Daniel Fast.  For those who cannot, they can still give up something for the Lord, like watching TV, video games, coffee, candy, etc.

Your motives matter!  Please noteDaniel Fast that this time of “setting aside” things is not to earn God’s love or forgiveness.  God’s love cannot be earned (He just loves us, thank the Lord!) and forgiveness is a gift that comes from Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.  These 21 days are not about us ‘getting things,’ it is about us giving of ourselves to God.  It is a time of seeking God.  It is worship that comes from a surrendered heart.

What will you give up during our 21 Days of Consecration?

Blessings,

Pastor Jim Bradford

 

Susan Gregory has created many great resources for the Daniel Fast.

Guidelines Brochure

Starter Kit (16 pages, includes a few recipes)

“Daniel Fast For Body Soul And Spirit” (59 pages, includes more recipes, video links & a printable journal)

 

The Daniel Fast Blog

The Daniel Fast website

Jesus is the Deliverer from disease & death!

Last Sunday, I preached on Matthew 9:18-26.

Our outline was:

I referred to an interesting video in the message.  Here it is.

It sounds amazing to me.  But, regardless of whether or not you believe the story, Jesus is still the Deliverer from disease & death!  And for that, I am grateful.

Have a great day!

– Pastor.

How to Pray

This is our Week of Prayer.  I wanted to share an outline with you that may help you as you pray.  You can remember it by noticing that the 4 parts each begin with a letter  of the word A.C.T.S. (as in the book of Acts in the Bible).

  • Adoration: Begin & end with worship.  Praise God for who he is!
  • Confession: Confess & repent of all sins.  Be honest & take responsibility for your own actions.
  • Thanksgiving: Thank God for all he’s done.
  • Supplication: Pray for your needs & others.  Be specific & don’t rush.  “Pray through!”
  • You end just like you began: by praising God.

I want to encourage you to spend time in prayer.  As you practice praying, you will get better at it.

Talk to the Lord.  Practice listening to God’s voice.  If you’re not used to it, it may seem hard at first to concentrate.  I promise you, the more you pray, the easier it will become.

It is truly a gift to be able to communicate with the Creator & Savior of the world!