Today is the second day of the 21 Days of Prayer challenge but wow. Doosy already. I kicked itr off with a migraine yesterday that wouldn't quit until 3:30 a.m. this morning. So was there prayer? Heck yes! :)
I also got some rest, and I don't eat during a migraine so that addresses the fasting part. All in all quite successful so far! Ha!
Seriously though, I encourage you to pray and consider undertaking a similar journey. Food fasting isn't for everyone (and I'm doing a modified one at that), but there are other kinds of equally appropriate fasts and prayer is definitely for everyone. If nothing else, it's a good time to buid good habits, but it will be so much more.
Here's my church's guide on it -- but don't stop there. There are tons of great resources on fasting and prayer.
Doesn't it feel good to get unexpected blessings? To receive something that maybe you couldn't have gotten on your own? Maybe a great parking spot, free tickets to an event, cash from a surprise source, a promotion, a discount, an apology? These are unforeseen gifts... or favor.
Yesterday I received some very good news. After reflecting on it, I consider it to be favor. There's nothing I could have done to have received it on my own. A decision was made outside of my control that benefits me, and so I received 'favor'. I thought on it for awhile trying to figure out what I did to get it and came to the conclusion that I did nothing. I could do nothing to get it. I can't be extra good or work extra hard to get favor. It is what it is.
So how do we get more? Like the manna in the Bible (Exodus 16), God gives us exactly the amount of grace we need for that moment in time. But who does He give it to?
For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield
~~ Psalm 5:12
He gives it to the righteous. That's not some big pie in the sky word. The dictionary will have you believe the righteous are the 'perfect' or morally virtuous people. That makes it sound like righteous are those who have worked very hard to be perfect and clean. In the Greek translation from the Bible (dikaios), it means those that are just in the eyes of God. Only those who have given their lives to the Lord are considered just in the eyes of God. Not perfect people, but perfectly redeemed people.
So that Psalm means God will cover Christians with His favor. It's free, it's wonderful and available every day.
I challenge you to find the favor in your life and spend time giving Him thanks for His perfect favor.
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