Wednesday’s Prayer Guide-Week #17

 

“And as my flesh cries out for bread…”

On this day, Oh! Lord, we come to your throne of grace bearing the offering of fleshly hunger.  In no way is this small sacrifice comparable to what You gave to us in Your Holy Son, Christ Jesus. Still, we Breadcome with a hopeful heart that You will see this hunger as a cry for Your attentive ear. 

We know that without Your merciful intervention in the lives of our children, they will never experience the peace and purpose You have planned for them.  As parents who love their children more than life itself, please accept this small but sincere gesture of fasting food on their behalf.  Please credit this sacrifice to their account.

Hear us, O, Lord.  In Jesus’ name.

Amen.

 

“…is not life more than food…?”  Matthew 6:25 

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting.  I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.  But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face…and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”  Matthew 6:16-18

 

More about Fasting:

Fasting is a voluntary act of devotion and is not required as an expression of salvation. Fasting is used and encouraged in the Bible:

  • Fasting in times of personal sorrow (2 Samuel 1:12; Nehemiah 1:4)
  • Fasting as a part of repentance (Jonah 3:5)
  • Fasting practiced as a part of important events (Exodus 34:28; Matt. 4:2; Acts 13:2,3; 2 Cor. 6:5; 11:27)
  • Fasting is not for the purpose of showing one’s spiritual superiority or self-righteousness.  It is only beneficial and accepting from the Lord when done with the right motive. (Isaiah 58; Matt. 6:16-18; Luke 18:9-14)

Additional benefits of fasting:  Fasting has physical health benefits; fasting is honored when done as an expression of dependence and contrition; fasting helps promote self-discipline

 

 

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