Several years ago, singer and songwriter Benny Hester wrote a song When God Ran. It was a powerful song that paints a picture of a God that pursues His people. It’s taken from the story of the Prodigal Son, and a father who ran to greet the son that was once lost.

Perhaps you've never felt close to God. Or maybe you've had seasons of intimacy but you've allowed the cares of life to pull you away from that closeness with Him. Many times, when we decide to return to Him, to go back to our first love, we believe that we must span a great distance to get to where He is. We think this distance can be bridged by hard work, lots of good deeds, going to church, and a religious life. But in reality, God is never far from you.

All that is required is a simple turning back, a decision to shift your focus. A simple prayer of confession and a sincere plea for closeness and God is instantly right there.

Today’s Reading: Psalms 139 - Focus on verses 7-8.

YOUR TURN

Are there times when you feel distant from God? Have you felt that way recently?

Take a moment to confess anything that needs to be confessed. Ask forgiveness and allow the Lord to show you His grace and mercy.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Take a moment to read and meditate on the following verse: “I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness” (Jeremiah 31:3).

FASTING TIP OF THE DAY

Remember to journal what you hear the Lord say to you. It will be of great value to you when you reflect back over the entire 21-day experience.

*For Further Study: Acts 17:26-27; John 17:3; 1 John 4:16; Matthew 22:37-39; Psalms 14:2; Psalms 27:8; Psalms 34:15; Psalms 45:10-11; Song of Solomon 6:5; Song of Solomon 8:5; Ephesians 5:31-32; Isaiah 50:2

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