Scriptures and devotional readings that you can reflect on each day while you are fasting.

Day 1 | Monday - 01•9•23

PSALM 46:10 Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth.”

Do you know God? What does it mean for us for God to be… well, GOD? Fasting, in many ways, is about slowing down, refraining from the things that often keep us distracted, and focusing on time with God, in His presence. The purpose is to know God more. When we do, we find that many of our worries, fears and anxieties begin to melt away as we become still in His presence. Aware, instead, of the grandness of God. The Psalmist here says God will be exalted in the whole earth; I believe, that begins with God being exalted in each of our hearts. Spend a few moments today in stillness and focus on the wonder of God. Maybe take time two write out three qualities you think of when you think of God and ponder on those things. 

Day 2 | Tuesday - 01•10•23

Exodus 33:14 And He said, “ My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” NKJV

On a road trip, riding in the backseat is prime real estate. Why? it's the space with the least amount of worries or concerns. In the front, you have to focus on driving, or helping with directions, or the all important role of DJ. In the backseat, you can lean back, enjoy the ride, and take a nap. Today’s verse comes from a place when the Israelites were on quite the journey. And God tells them “My Presence will go with you…” The word “presence” is interesting to translate. God is saying, "I will be with you," but that’s not all He is saying. The word also means “before, forward facing." In God’s presence, God goes ahead of us. In His presence, we can rest, knowing that His presence goes before us. So, if you’ve been living like a stressed out backseat driver, here in the early days of our time of prayer and fasting, I want to encourage you to release it to God and enjoy His presence. 

Day 3 | Wednesday - 01•11•23

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is in your midst, a Warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with joy; He will be quiet in His love (making no mention of your past sins) He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy

Oh yes! I want us to get this deep in us. Let’s zoom in on a couple of these words — REJOICE. JOY. LOVE. When God is in our midst, these are the words that Zephaniah wrote down. I think that one of the reasons that we often avoid God’s presence is because we’ve gotten mixed up on what we will find. Instead, words like judgement, anger or rules come to our mind. We imagine God with our list of mess ups ready to dole out our punishment. Instead, the prophet says that God won’t even bring them up. Read today’s verse again. God, shouting joyfully, rejoicing, and singing; those are the images of a God who is totally delighted with you to ponder on today. 

Day 4 | Thursday - 01•12•23

Psalm 91:1 “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” KJV

There is this old thought that “secrets don’t make friends.” I am sure that in its original context, it is perfectly accurate; however, I have found that the trust required to share more and more vulnerable details of ourselves with someone is precisely what friendship is built on. God wants to have a secret place with you where you are safe to share your depths of joy and sorrow, hopes and fears, confidence and doubts, all pouring out before Him. Right there in His presence, finding safety, covering, and protection. During today’s prayer time, let's pour out our secret places to God, who is trustworthy and faithful. Unlike other relationships, you don’t have to leave wondering if opening up will come back to get you later; instead, God restores every hurting place, replacing ashes with beauty (Isaiah 61:3). 

Day 5 | Friday - 01•13•23

Proverbs 8:17 I will show love to those who passionately love me. For they will search and search continually until they find me TPT 

It can be difficult to describe God’s immense love for us. It is unlike human love that can be fickle and fleeting. God’s love is vast, unending, and enduring. In fact, it is a powerful force that repels and guards in times of trouble. Time and time again throughout the Bible we hear of the love of God that is bent toward us… bent toward YOU. Today’s devotional is shorter because I simply want you to take time to focus in and meditate on the love of God toward you. 

Day 6 | Saturday - 01•14•23

Deuteronomy 4:29 But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul AMP

During this time of prayer and fasting, we are making an intentional decision to dedicate time and energy toward a greater pursuit of God. The vast wonder of God is that we can continually search for and continually find increasing depths of His character and nature. Whether this is the first time you have ever participated in prayer and fasting or if it is your one hundredth time, as you search, you will find new insights of God. My kids find great joy in playing hide-and-seek at the moment. One of the things that I have noticed is that they find the most enjoyment out of being found; in fact, if they have been hiding and feel like it is taking their brothers too long to locate them, they sound out hints—a giggle, a cough, a wiggle. God delights in being found. His love is vast and is toward you. It is His promise to you that as you seek him over this sacred time, you will find Him. 

Day 7 | Sunday - 01•15•23

John 15:15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. NIV

Today’s scripture are the words of Jesus talking to the disciples, his closest followers, and companions. In this moment, he shares an interesting progression from servant to friends. I have found thought leader Simon Sinek’s work on Start with Why both useful and compelling. The idea being that a core understanding of the “why” (i.e., purpose, principal, or core driver) better equips people to walk out the mission. Jesus is saying to his disciples that servants are not brought in on the "why," but friends are, and they have become friends. Jesus is sharing with them everything that He hears from Heaven. This privileged progression is for those who have spent time with Jesus. The benefit of slowing down to focus on Jesus is that, when we are with Him, we no longer hear rules and regulations; but rather, we learn the greater principles of His purpose. Throughout this time, ask the questions, what is Jesus revealing to me about walking with Him?