Day 20 - Personal Devotional

Philippians 4:6 tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but…present your requests to God.”

Clearly God wants to hear our requests. And He wants to bless us. But, He also wants us to have the courage to not worry, even if the answer isn’t what we wanted.

The ultimate example of prayer is found in the Garden of Gethsemane, when Jesus prayed to be set free from the crucifixion. Yet, after lots of heartache, Jesus finally said the greatest words ever uttered, “Not my will, but Yours,” to God. In that moment, Jesus expressed what prayer is all about. It’s about being real with our Heavenly Father, for Jesus held nothing back. But it’s also about giving Him the final say.

When we fast and pray, we reduce the temptation to focus on ourselves. We begin to overcome the flesh and go deeper in the Spirit and surrender our desires to His will. This is the beauty of church-wide prayer and fasting. When we collectively join together and lean into God, I believe He will answer our prayers and He will reveal Himself in ways we never thought possible.  

How has God shown himself to you in the past 20 days?  What would your greatest take away be from the past 3 weeks?

Mitch Rutledge