FASTING: Run/Walk Prayer Guide

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“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  -Matt. 6:16-21

WALK: Attend the all-family, all-church Ash Wednesday worship service this Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m.

RUN: Read the book Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough by Elmer Towns and/or chapter 4 from the book Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster.

A prayer journal is one way in which we can connect with God on a regular basis. It also serves as a reference point to look back on as you continue your journey in prayer.

prayer emoji 2Claude King, author of the wildly popular discipleship guide, Experiencing God, offers 10 questions to help us discern God’s work in our own lives. If needed, let these questions help you begin a journal when it seems difficult to start.

  1. What has God revealed to you about Himself?
  2. What has God revealed to you about His purposes?
  3. What has God revealed to you about His ways?
  4. What has God done in your life or through your life that has caused you to experience His presence?
  5. What scripture has God used to speak to you about Himself, His purposes or His ways?
  6. What particular person or concern has God given you a burden to pray for? What has He guided you to pray for in this situation?
  7. What has God done through circumstances that has given you a sense of His timing or direction concerning any aspect of His will?
  8. What word of guidance or truth do you sense God has spoken to you through another believer?
  9. What adjustment is God leading you to make in your life?
  10. What acts of obedience have you accomplished this week? What further steps of obedience do you know God is wanting you to take?
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