Returning today to the theme of focus. Your hunger for food will start to take center stage as your physical flesh begins to send all those reminders to your brain telling you to eat, and eat NOW! But as scripture tells us, your thoughts and your focus are a choice, not a foregone conclusion.

Today’s Reading: Matthew 6:1-24 - There is so much in this chapter that relates to the fast you are undertaking. Take time to take notes as you go, and always put a month and year next to any notes you take and/or verses that minister to you.

YOUR TURN

What specific verses from Matthew 6:1-24 really stood out or spoke to you?

Read Psalms 71 and note the portions that have the most meaning for you. Then take a moment to reflect on those verses.

There are many reasons to fast. What are the primary reason(s) you are fasting?

FINAL THOUGHTS

Pray and watch to see the Lord's activity in you and all around you. Take time daily to record your experiences. It will be very valuable to be able to look back days or weeks after this fast ends and remember all God said and did over this 21-day period.

FASTING TIP OF THE DAY

For many who fast with us each year, the second day is the day when your body really starts to notice you have not eaten for over 24 hours and starts to go into protect mode. Our body and its many systems are on a clock, so to speak, and when certain things do not happen as scheduled, the alarms start going off. One of the ways you can offset these alarms is to drink lots and lots of water. But the most important way to overcome these alarms is to allow each alarm to serve as a signal to stop for a moment and pray. Allow each hunger pain to be a reminder of the greatness of your God and your love for Him.

*For Further Study: Psalms 42:1-3; Ecclesiastes 4:12; Luke 5:34

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