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

Day 15 | Monday - 01•23•23

Luke 12:6-7 “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” NIV

It’s helpful to remember that God remembers you. More than that, he knows you. Today’s scripture is focusing on the reality that God remembers even the smallest of birds and can number every hair on your head. The point being that when you are remembered by God, you are cared for by God. So whatever is worrying you or causing fear to rise in your life. Take time today to sit and lay those things at the feet of Jesus, in full awareness that you are more valuable to God than all of creation. So all of those anxieties are wasted energy. Instead, ponder His goodness, remember His faithfulness, and gaze on to the God who cares for you. 

Day 16 | Tuesday - 01•24•23

2 Corinthians 9:18 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with other NLT

Have you ever asked for something simple, maybe a napkin, and in response, been given exactly one napkin? Your need was met. In contrast, have you ever requested the same item and been given an entire stack of napkins… and a smile! Your need was generously met. God does not meet our needs stingily or with just enough to make it qualify. Out of His richness and abundance, God meets our needs with more than enough. If you find yourself in lack or coming up short, go to God with every expectation that He will abundantly meet your needs. Then, as his children, we get to also share generously with others. Are there areas in your life where you could be sharing God’s generous heart, but instead, you have been holding back? Determine today to live in light of His abundance. 

Day 17 | Wednesday - 01•25•23

Matthew 7:11 If you, imperfect as you are, know how to lovingly take care of your children and give them what’s best, how much more ready is your heavenly Father to give wonderful gifts to those who ask Him? TPT

Here is the key takeaway: God is good, generous, loving, and wants to give you good gifts. When you go to the place of prayer and bring your requests to God, expect that you will receive it. Sometimes I wonder if we go to prayer and treat it more like a place to externally process our worries and concerns, but in reality, we are not looking for anything to change in our life. Here, in today’s verse, Jesus is telling us to do the exact opposite. Like small children who know that their parents will fulfill their needs, we go to God — our Heavenly Father — knowing, with great confidence, that He will fulfill our needs. The truth is, though, that not all of us grew up with loving, caring parents who followed through and met our needs; even if you had great parents, chances are there were times they let you down because they are imperfect humans. During today’s reading, take some time to reflect on any spaces of disappointment you are carrying toward your parents. Release that to God. Choose to forgive. Then, turn toward God — who is completely perfect — and trust in Him, ask and see how ready He is to give wonderful gifts.

Day 18 | Thursday - 01•26•23

Psalm 23:1-3 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”ESV

The imagery of sheep and shepherds might not have the same closeness for you and I as it did for the original audience of this Psalm. Even still, the imagery is powerful if you take time to sit and meditate (ponder over and over) on it. Green pastures are a picture of not only provision, that the sheep have food to eat, but also abundance. This shepherd knows the places of lush abundance and leads his flock into delight. And waters that are easy, not difficult or dangerous, but easy to drink from. There is rest and refreshing in this place. Do you feel it? Take in a deep breath of this place, it nourishes the inner person as well as the body. Sheep are totally dependent on the guidance and direction of the shepherd, it’s when they begin to wander away from their shepherd's direction that sheep get lost, stuck, and enter perilous territory. The writer reminds us, trust The Shepherd, he leads you in paths with sure footing and right standing. Jesus is our Good Shepherd — every want and worry can be laid down as we trust in His leading. 

Day 19 | Friday - 01•27•23

Psalm 34:10 Even the strong and the wealthy grow weak and hungry, but those who passionately pursue the Lord will never lack any good thing. TPT

If there are two things that we rely on to validate that we are living a good life, then our gym routines and savings accounts have to come in toward the top of that list. Look how good my life is, I’m super fit! Look how good my life is, I have a fat savings account and a well thought out investment portfolio! Apparently, those are not very new thoughts either. Most of the Psalms were likely written between 1000 - 500 B.C., meaning for a LONG time we humans have been relying on our strength and our wealth for a good life. And here David, the writer of this poem, is reminding us that those things do not have the everlasting ability to carry us in every season — they will fade. Rather, he lays out, that it is a passionate pursuit of the Lord that allows us to grow internally and find ourselves in a place that knows no lack. As we round the corner to completing this 21 days of prayer and fasting, I hope that we take with us a rekindled passion for being people who passionately pursue the Lord. 

Day 20 | Saturday - 01•28•23

Hebrews 13:5 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, I will never fail you. I will never abandon you NLT

Day 21 | Sunday - 01•29•23

Psalm 132:15 I will bless this city and make it prosperous; I will satisfy its poor with food NLT