The Intentional Fast
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Hello, Relentless! Welcome to the Intentional Fast. This year we are intentionally getting to know God better, in our minds, body and Spirit. That’s why we, as a community, are setting aside 21 days to fast. What does it mean to be intentional? The word intentional represents a commitment to carry out an action or actions for a clear purpose, to achieve a specific outcome or result in the future, to accomplish a desired goal. Our goal is to be more like Jesus. This will be a time of purposeful and deliberate prayer, fasting, worship, and time set aside to pursue a deeper relationship with God.
If this is your first fast or you have fasted for many years, God has something for every one of us. In Matthew 7:7-8 Jesus promises when we ask, seek and knock that He will respond and draw closer to us. 7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. An encouragement to endure in prayer; ask with urgency, to seek, search or strive to learn, and knock to stand at the door and pray continuously.
Before we get started, we’d like to encourage you to think of a good location where you can spend time with God. Perhaps in a specific room in your house early in the morning, in your car on your lunch break or a quiet park where you can be alone. Additionally, we encourage you to have a device with you or keep a journal and pen handy as the Lord may speak to you or inspire you in the creative while fasting.
Day 10: Intentional Worship
Welcome to Day 10! In the Bible, the number 10 means “perfection.” So, we would like to start off this week worshiping God, the only one who is perfection.
What is worship? Worship is the act of attributing reverent honor, adoration, and reverence to God. It is an act of love and evidence of the posture of our heart. God should be the intended target of our worship. However, there are times that our focus may be split on other things that we hold in great esteem—whether it be someone that we admire greatly or something that we have fond affection for (e.g. cars, music, houses, lifestyles, etc.).
One of the ways we spiritually mature and grow closer to God, is being intentional in our worship of him. Making him the center of our lives. Here’s how we can begin to be more intentional in our worship. Begin your day by thanking him. Look around at all you have. Thank him for your life, abilities, family, opportunities and the food you ate. Next, praise him. Express how appreciative you are for all he has provided. During this time, choose not to focus on things you don’t have right now, instead, focus on all the things you do have (life, air, this earth, shelter and the like). We worship God because He is worthy of it. And, if you didn’t know, he created us and this world to praise and worship Him. “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” Psalms 150:6
Let’s do that now! On Day 10, we want you to find 10 things that you can thank and praise God for! Take a moment and express your gratitude, appreciation, and thankfulness for who God is and all he has provided!
Lord we thank you for who You are. Creator of the Universe, we bless your Holy name today. We thank you for your strength in times of trouble, for your majesty we bless you. We thank you that we have the opportunity to worship you in Spirit and truth. You are worthy of all the glory, honor, and praise. Today and every day we lift your name for you are a healer, a way maker, a mind regulator, a heart mender and our God. We thank you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.