Prayer Changes Everything
In all of the gospel accounts of Jesus’ life there was only one written record of the disciples asking Jesus to specifically teach them something. They asked, “Jesus, teach us to pray.” While it is safe to say that Jesus taught them all sorts of truths and principles, it’s notable that this is the only topic that teaching was specifically requested. For many of us, it’s assumed that we would just know how to pray. We do it before meals. We do it before a baseball game or a meeting, but what would it look like if we set our hearts on seeking God through a growing prayer life.
"How do I pray? Where do I start?"
If you've asked these questions then we have a great resource for you! Our Prayer Guide is a great tool for a growing prayer life. This resource presents several prayer models that will help guide you in your prayer life. Click the button below to receive a free digital copy.
Additional Prayer Resource
Check out this Prayer Course by Pete Greig on Right Now Media! It is an eight session journey through the Lord's Prayer. Conversation, testimony and teaching to help you, and your community, to grow and deepen your prayer life, one session at a time.
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What is fasting?
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
Fasting requires reasonable precautions. Consult your physician first, especially if you take prescription medication or have a chronic ailment. Some persons should never fast without professional supervision.
Types of Fasts
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.
Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you;
He will never let the righteous be shaken. (NIV)
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