10 Jan Day 9 of 21 days of prayer and fasting
You are doing awesome, almost to the halfway point.
Today I want to share with you an encouraging blog written by Dawn Sutherland. Dawn is on the creative team as well as being a leader in our church.
With each year, we’re given a blank canvas to paint brand new. And not only that, we all have palettes that are full of unique color and excitement, no palette is the same. We are each uniquely created for a purpose. Your purpose is uniquely imbued in your palette gifted to you by the Artist who painted the world.
Perhaps this comes as a surprise to you, but God doesn’t love all of His kids the same; He loves us uniquely and individually. Parents of multiple children can likely relate. God didn’t divide His love each time He made one of us; it multiplied in a unique and remarkable kind of way.
“What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it – we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are.” – 1 John 3:1 Message
We don’t gain more favor with God by fasting or “get” Him to do something for us? Just like a child doesn’t earn more love from a parent. He loves us so completely and uniquely, there is nothing to earn. His love is gifted to us.
So, why then do we fast? Have you ever tried to mix black with any other paint color? We cannot effectively live out the colors of our palette when we’re bound in hues of black and grey. It represents the fact that everything affects everything. When we are bound by addiction, depression, anxiety, hurt, unforgiveness, or bitterness, we can’t live the life God wants for us. Fasting loosens bonds. Fasting allows us to look beyond human circumstances to a eternal purpose. We live here on this earth, but we dream for Heaven with supernatural purpose. We live here, but we dream there.
God wants the kind of life for us where we feel that kind of hope, joy, and happiness, where we exude His kind of love in all of the colors of our lives, where we live fully alive and people see that. When you live like that, it’s contagious and people want more, even if they don’t know why. That’s not to say we won’t experience hard times, but it is to say that God wants the best for us, so we give our best and first to God. Fasting is not for people who have it all together; it’s for people who hurt; it’s for people who need God’s help; it’s for people who are desperate for something we can’t get in this world, that can only be sustained by a supernatural source.
Proverbs 3:5-10 (MSG)
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over.
Heavenly Father, help us to remember you love us uniquely and especially. Throughout this fast remind us that our purpose is eternal and so are Your rewards. In weakness and in hunger, remind us to turn our focus away from this world and toward You. Fill our palette with vibrant color for the year and let us live fully and completely in Your Heavenly purpose for our lives. In Jesus Name, Amen.