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By: James River Church08/15/18

21 Days of Fasting & Prayer Devotional – Day 18

Devotional

Nothing lasts forever. Christians understand that there are eternal realities, but they also recognize that our time on earth is fleeting. As one man said, “The minutes go slowly but the years go quickly.” This is why the Apostle Paul writes about the necessity of “making the most of every opportunity.” (Ephesians 5:16a NIV).

The definition of opportunity is “a favorable time or occasion” or “a situation or condition favorable for attainment of a goal.” There is a window when the time is right. There is a favorable moment.

Every day brings with it a unique season of opportunity! What we need is both the perspective and the wisdom to make the most of those opportunities that God sends our way. Honestly, many of life’s opportunities come disguised as problems and trials. That is why fasting is so helpful.

Through fasting our vision is shaped, our perspective is changed, and our faith is strengthened! During this fast you are literally standing on the verge of opportunities that are bursting with God-sized potential, but will require faith-filled action. This time of fasting and prayer is a moment to make the most of. Fasting will change you, and the results of this fast will be life changing. So during this 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer embrace what God has for you, lean in, and listen.

Every opportunity has a shelf life. Will you seize it before it expires?

Scriptures

Ephesians 5:15-17 ESV
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ESV
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

Isaiah 43:19 ESV
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Resources

Prayer List & Ways to Fast
Prayer & Fasting Reading List
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