Fresh Hope – 19th February 2018

Thank you for journeying with us today, as we start out on 10 days of prayer and fasting.

Fasting is a private affair, however talking about it helps us to draw strength, inspiration and encouragement along the way.

This may be your first fast or it may well have been part of your lifestyle for years, but wherever you are at in your journey, you are not alone in your fasting today. Literally hundreds of thousands are joining you in prayer and fasting today, from all over the world.

We have one thing in common: we all want God to move in our lives and in our land.

When you decide that you are going to fast for a day or a week or more, food becomes more attractive than ever. A plain piece of bread that you would have normally thrown out for the birds seems almost irresistible.

The first thing that JESUS got tempted with when he was fasting came directly from the devil…

Matthew 4:1-4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting for forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.’

The first natural response to fasting is of course hunger!

YOU WILL BE TEMPTED TO EAT MORE THAN EVER!

Listen to JESUS’ reply…

Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”’

As much as He was hungry, He makes it clear that ‘the reason for not eating today is so that I can listen to the voice of God more clearly.’

Jesus later called Himself the ‘bread of life’.

Here’s a thought to take us through the day…

Fasting dethrones our normal appetite for food and replaces it with an appetite to hear clearly from Jesus.

Declare as you start your fast today that ‘I don’t need to eat to stay alive today, I’m chewing on the words of God instead.’

Fasting sensitises you to hear more clearly what God has wanted to say to you for months.

Be still.

Read your Bible.

Listen to his voice.

He speaks.

He guides.

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Champions prayer focus for today – MONTH OF MONDAYS CONFERENCE (to include Champions Kids ‘LEGO’ themed conference) every Monday night in March – 7.30pm.
Pastor Mark

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