Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Daniel Fast - Day 8 Devotional

Today's Day 8 devotional is coming from YouVersion's 21 Day Fast reading plan.  Each day you will find devotional content as well as scripture readings for the day.  The scripture for Day 8 is Psalm 100.

This passage is full of shouts of joy, thankfulness and praise for the Lord.  It's a very encouraging passage as we enter our second week of the fast.  How are you feeling at this stage of the fast?  Are you eager to sing praises to the Lord at this point?  We are uplifted by this passage at a point when perhaps we are encountering challenges in our fast.

There may be points in time where you are having difficulty focusing because of the hardships that your fast may be presenting to you.  I found that this passage caused me to shift my focus today.  The fast, after all, is not about what I am "giving up".  The focus of the fast should not be that one thing that you decided to go without.  The focus should be on your relationship with God and the intimate relationship you are developing through this time of prayer and fasting.

What greater way to bring your focus back around than by reflecting on Psalm 100.  The Lord is good.  Always.  His love endures forever.  No matter what.  No matter the situation you are in or have recently come out of.  No matter what season of life you are in right now.  You are loved.  Just as you are.  Right now.  Always.

The devotional content for today says:

"If you've become focused on the physical hardships you're facing or the burdens you're bringing to God in prayer, then spend today just being joyful in the Lord.  Write down some things that bring you joy today.  Sing a song of praise to Him.  Pray that God will stir an urgency to press in and see what God has for you beyond His gates."
If you are doing a fast right now, how is it going for you?  What are your major challenges right now?  What are you learning so far?  Do you have any advice to share on how to get through the difficult moments of the fast?  I'd love to hear!

I will be sharing devotionals such as this and other ideas to help you through this journey.  If you are reading a bible plan or devotional during this fast, what are you learning?  I would love it if we could share our insights so that we can be a support to each other during this time.  Link up below and grab a button while you're at it!

Daniel Fast 2013


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