Will you ramp up your devotion to God during prayer and fasting time? What will you do to increase your devotion to God? What do you, well, you gotta make something intentional. I’m going to pray more often. I’m going to start praying every morning. I haven’t been doing that. I kinda got away from that. I’m going to start spending the first 15 minutes, 30 minutes whenever it is, and again, work into it. There is a time that there’s no way I could spend an hour wit h God. I just didn’t grasp how do it. There’s times now that I’m like, it’s a time up already. And I’m not saying that to try and sound super spiritual. I’m just saying God bring you into a place where you just pray for things and talk to him about things and, and time goes by and so it’s just fellowship with him, relationship with him Mt. Carmel Church.
That’s what he wants. Given the first part of your day. Devotion number two, make sure the second day that’s your direction. You’re living for him and not for people. So make it this prayer and fasting time. I’m going to stop caring about what other people think and I’m just going to care about what God says. I’m not going, I’m going to stop caring about what all my friends think or what are my coworkers thing or what all their parents think. I’m just going to focus on what God wants for my life. My direction is to him, not to people. You’re not trying to impress other people. You’re not trying. It’s not your, it’s not a competition of who’s going to have the more stringent fast. We’re not competing about fast. What are you fasting? Well Mt. Carmel Church, I’m, I’m fasting, uh, social media. That’s nothing. I’m fast and food.
It’s not a competition. It’s not how many days it’s on. It’s not about who’s can be more spiritual. It’s just saying you your relationship with God. You’re saying right now, God, I’m going to do this prayer and fasting to you and I’m going to come to you. I’m going to move to closer to you this time. During this 21 days Mt. Carmel Church, we’re given a first 21 days of 2020 I’m excited about what’s going to happen in 2020 I’m excited about the messages that I’ve got prepared. Ready for 2020 for this part of this series about praying bold prayers. I want us to pray bold prayers from 2020 I was prayed for miraculous things and God just show me some areas. I don’t have time to go into it. Nevermind. I’ll start next week. Come back next week, next week. Stay focused yet Scott, third day, third 30
There’s going to be a little bit of conviction on this and I’m, and I’m okay with that because it hits me too. What’s the secret part of your life or life?
what’s your thought life like?
What’s the, what’s going on in here that nobody knows about? Sometimes it’s not just what I’m just sitting or whatever. Sometimes it’s thoughts like I’m thinking that maybe if I wasn’t in this world, it would be a better place. Some people are dealing with thoughts like that, and I’m telling you, that’s a lie from the devil, the secret pains that people are going through because of devastation, because of tragedies, because the issue, nobody knows what’s going on Mt. Carmel Church. I’m telling you, the father sees in secret. It’s not just bad. Oh, he sees what Badger to know. He sees your pain. He sees what you’re going through. He sees your abandoned feelings. He sees your confusion. He sees you. He wants to help you. You’re not, you’re not alone. He sees in your secrets. So what’s your secret? Lifelight can we just pray? And in this moment I just want to ask the Holy spirit to come and speak to every heart here. If you’re watching online and you’re like,
I’ve never done anything like this. Prayer and fasting before [inaudible]
I encourage you starting January 1st you make a decision. And once you truly think about this right now, Holy spirit, come minister to every heart. I pray, God, we will pray bold prayers. I pray that you will take us to something greater. Come on, think about it right now. I mentioned it earlier. I want you to think about it right now and I want you to think about over the next few days, what is the greater thing you want to happen in your life? I want to become closer to God over this 21 days. It’s something greater that I’m focusing on, so I will sacrifice something lesser for something greater here at Mt. Carmel Church. Well, he’s telling you what to do with your fast. I’m just giving you tools, giving you opportunity, giving you things you can do. You can do as much as you want or as little as you want. It’s totally between you and Jesus.
You’re not fasting to men. You’re fasting to God. You’re not praying to men. You’re praying to God, but you’re saying, I’m saying to you, what is your greater? What are you believing for for your family? What are you believing for for your job, for your workplace, for your relationships? I don’t know. I don’t know what it is, but have something greater that is on your list that I’m going to spend this 21 days of prayer and fasting, believing for something bigger than what I’m sacrificing. It’s something bigger and more important, more valuable than just doing without. It’s not about deprivation. It’s not about just sacrificing. It’s not just that it’s saying yes to something. It’s moving towards something bigger and greater and moving away from something lesser. What is it for you that you’re believing God for?
What is it that you’re saying to God, I need a breakthrough in my life. I need something to change. You see in secret God and you know what’s going on in my heart. You know what’s going on in my life. You know what’s going on in my situation that nobody else knows. You see me? You see where I’ve been a pretender with us here at Mt. Carmel Church. You see where I’ve been opposed sir. I’ve been coming to church. I’ve been playing the game, but I live just like any other teenager outside the walls. I’m doing this, I’m doing that. I’m walking away. I don’t know what it is, but God’s speaking to you not to condemn you, but to draw you into his goodness and say, come on, come closer to me. I want to show you what true love is about.