Daniel Fast

What is the Daniel Fast?

The Daniel Fast is based on the scripture found in Daniel 10:3, “I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” Daniel set apart these 21 days to deny himself of “pleasant food” in order to seek God’s face and His direction.

Fasting is to abstain from food and drink: either entirely, or from choice or special foods. It is done for a specified time for the purpose of seeking God’s direction and will for us and our families.

In Ezra 8:21 it reads, “And there by the Ahava Canal, I gave orders for all to fast and humble ourselves before God. We prayed that he would give us a safe journey and protect us, our children, and our goods as we traveled.” We see that it is through fasting that chains are broken, breakthroughs occur, and His rewards are poured out to His people.

As you begin this journey, prepare your hearts by repenting before the Lord for any offense you may be holding on to. Prepare your minds by listening to worship and reading His word, and prepare your souls by abstaining from any desirable foods.

During this time, determine in your hearts to hear from God. The purpose of the fast is not to concentrate on what to eat or not to eat, rather to spend time with God and have a deeper and more intimate relationship with Him.

“Consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord” (Joel 1:14).

 

Suggested Food List

HAVE … 

  •  Fruits

  •  Vegetables

  • Whole Grains

  • Seeds and Nuts

  •  Legumes

  • Oils

  • Water

  •  Seasoning

AVOID …

  •  All processed foods
  •  All refined foods

  •  All sweeteners

  •  All dairy

  •  All caffeinated and carbonated drinks

  •  All meat and animal products

  •  All solid fats

  • All leavened bread

  •  All deep-fried foods

Note: Fruits & Vegetables: anything fresh, canned, jarred, dried or frozen. Whole Grains: oats, rice cakes, brown rice, barley, grits, wheat tortillas, quinoa, corn, plain popcorn. Seeds and Nuts: all seeds and nuts including their butters (such as almond or peanut butter). Legumes: dried, canned or frozen, such as beans and lentils. Oils: coconut or olive oil. Seasonings: to flavor foods such as herbs, vinegar and salt. Water is the only suggested beverage during your fast.

*Adjust your menu for the fast according to your dietary and medical needs.

 

God spoke to us about excellence throughout last year. We begin this new year (2021) seeking to be on assignment with God. The highway of holiness is prepared for those who desire to be filled with the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of living in the spirit with a great resourceful and powerful God. When God’s people are on assignment with God, loving Jesus, loving people, and obeying God’s Word each day will become a reality. Our road map is Isaiah 35, the great expectation is that in the midst of a desolate wilderness, those who choose to walk in the spirit shall rejoice and blossom as they rise. Those who choose the highway of holiness shall abundantly rejoice even with singing for they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellence of our God.

Our work shall be to strengthen weak hands and feeble knees, to reassure those who have a fearful heart by saying, “Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; He will come and save you. A year of miracles shall come, then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of jackals, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. In this pathway called the highway of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it: the wicked man or the wayfaring men, nor fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up there on, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads.”

The Word for 2021 for Spring of Life Fellowship is to focus on God and be about our Father’s business in Jesus Name. As we come into this fast for the next 21 days, let us purposely concentrate on Him and as we pray, be attentive to God’s face that we may become a vessel of honor and be ready for the master’s use in season and out of season.

Changing the World,

Pastor Joaquin G. Molina

Founder & Senior Pastor Spring of Life


DAY 21 – GRATITUDE

January 24, 2021

Verse: Colossians 3:17

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

God has been gracious with us during this time of fasting. His mercy and grace have embraced us for the last 21 days. He desires that we repent of our sins and turn our hearts back to Him. If we trust Him, and allow our lives to be led by the Spirit, he will empower us to reach others and share with them the wonderful gift of salvation. We learned that when we have a surrendered heart, the Holy Spirit will guide us and help us live righteously. He has strengthened our faith and revealed to us our purpose and identity in Christ. He has spoken to us and pointed out areas were we need more of him. He has helped us regain focus. He has provided safety and increased our trust. We can stand firm knowing that God is in control even in the midst of a new administration, a health crisis, financial instability, moral decline, and uncertainty. We declare Him to be Lord of all knowing that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). We have resolved to glorify the Lord in everything, seek God’s purpose for our lives, and accept our new assignment for 2021.    

Prayer

Father, you are the everlasting God, the one true God. Thank you for your son, Jesus, who made a way for us to return to you. Thank you for your unconditional love and peace. We thank you for this time of fasting. We turn our hearts to you and depend on you alone. We desire more of you. Continue to help us and protect us. We hold fast to your Word and your promises. We thank you Holy Spirit for guiding us and comforting us. Lord, have mercy on our land and your people. You are our peace despite the circumstances around us. Our inheritance is in you. We give thanks with a grateful heart. Thank you for giving us a path to follow. We are on our journey, heaven-bound! In Jesus name we pray, amen.

Scriptures for meditation:

Psalms 9:1; 106:1; 35:18, 50:14; John 3:16, Jeremiah 29:11, 1 Peter 1:4; Ephesians 1:11-14.

 


DAY 20 – FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

January 23, 2021

Verses: Galatians 55:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such there is no law.”

 

God desires for us to live a new life and walk in the Spirit. In this verse, Paul is describing the characteristics that the Spirit is producing in each one of us. It is a process that requires continuous filling of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ life is our perfect example of walking in the Spirit. Our lives should reflect the same fruit. We are called to live by faith, letting the Hoy Spirit direct our steps. Jesus showed us with his life what could be accomplished if we allow the Holy Spirit to fill us. He expects us to abide in him and bear much fruit (John 15:4-8). We will then manifest the fruit of the Spirit in our lives until His coming!

When we read about the different fruit of the Spirit, we see that the first one listed is love. God is love. The Bible says that “we love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). We have received God’s love and through the Spirit, we can love God and others as we have been commanded to do, “you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mk. 12:31a).

Prayer

Father, we declare that our desire is to produce the fruit of the Spirit. Holy Spirit, we welcome your direction. We desire to walk with Jesus, not the world. Place your love for others in our hearts. May we bare much fruit as evidence that you abide in us. Thank you for what you are doing in us, and what you have in the future for us. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Scriptures for meditation:

1 Cor. 12:4-24; Eph. 4:22-24; Gal. 5:25-26; Mtt. 22:36-40.

 


DAY 19 – SPIRITUAL GIFTS

January 22, 2021

Verses: 1 Cor. 12:1, 4

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant…there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.”

The gift of salvation comes by faith and so do spiritual gifts. God desires for all of us, his church, to use our spiritual gifts. These supernatural gifts are not based on our own ability, education, or natural talent. God gives us different types of gifts through the Holy Spirit: ministry gifts, manifestation gifts, and motivational gifts (ibpl.org). The ministry gifts are given to us to build the body of Christ and to bring others to know Him. These are: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. The manifestation gifts reflect God’s power in our every day life. They are wisdom, knowledge, faith, and gifts of healing, prophesy, discerning of spirits, speaking in tongues, and interpretation of tongues. The motivational gifts provide a unique perspective; they help us perceive how to meet other’s needs. They are prophesying, serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leading, and showing mercy. No gift is better than the other, they are all needed. They represent God’s grace in our lives. It is important to know that the burden of ministry is not just for a select few; otherwise, the rest would remain inactive, without opportunities to edify the church. The Holy Spiritworks all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills” (1 Cor. 12:11b).

Everyone has received a gift to serve others (1 Pet. 4:10-11). Have you identified any of your gifts? Are you serving others with your gifts? When we all use our gifts and work together, the church can fulfill its role as the body of Christ. Let’s remember, however, that as important as gifts are, God’s love is the best gift. Let us do all things in love. “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). If you love God you will want to serve Him. Let’s honor God with the gifts he has given us!

Prayer

Father, we thank you for all the gifts you give your people to edify ourselves individually and to build up your church. Let us be a blessing to others and benefit the body of Christ. Let our lives be acceptable and pleasing to you and bring glory to your name. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Scriptures for meditation:

Eph. 4:7, 11-13; 1 Cor. 12:5; 7-11, 31; Rom. 12:6-8


DAY 18 – THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE CHURCH

January 21, 2021

Verse: Acts 2:17

And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams.”

 

God promised he would hold back his judgment if his people would repent and return to Him. He promised they would receive power from on high. He also promised to reveal the truth and things that are to come through the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). Jesus departed to be with the Father; but in his grace, He sent the Holy Spirit to the church (from the church in Jerusalem to the present day church). Following Jesus example, we should listen to what the Spirit says to us and be submissive to his promptings. The Holy Spirit guides, imparts wisdom, and gives discernment. He leads us into all truth. He also intercedes for us and helps us when we are weak. Our daily attitudes and actions are evidence of what the Holy Spirit has done, is doing, and will do in us each day. The Holy Spirit is active in us, nurturing us. He regenerates our spirit. He is proof that we have been legitimately adopted into God’s family. Therefore, acknowledge Him! Invite Him into your life and allow Him to do his work in you and through you.

Prayer

Father God, thank you for this gift, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. May we be attuned to his voice. Let us have a heart submitted to his guidance and correction. Give us a teachable spirit. Help us be receptive so we may be filled with the Spirit and walk accordingly. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Scriptures for meditation:

Joel 2:28; 1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Thess. 2:13; Jn. 15:26; 16:13; 20:22; Acts 1:15; Gal. 4:6; 5:16-21

 


DAY 17 – THE RETURN OF JESUS

January 20, 2021

Verse: 1 Thessalonians 4:17

Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”

The day of the second coming of the Lord is unique. It will only happen once. It will be devastating and shocking to those who are not prepared. But for the believer who has been waiting for it, it will be a day of great joy. We are living in the last days. Now that we have turned to God, our motivation for holy living is primarily the coming of the Lord, the expectation of his return. We, as children of God, are on the highway of holiness. God has promised to remove all obstacles and safeguard the way for his people, allowing us access to the blessings of the kingdom.

Therefore, as we travel on this road, we should purify ourselves, as He is pure. There should be evidence in our lives that we believe Jesus is returning for his church. We need to remove all uncleanness. In 1 John 3:3, it says that “everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure”. What does it mean to purify oneself? God cleanses us through his Word and the Spirit of God. God begins to work through our circumstances to make us like Him. We need to read the Word of God and know what it says about sin and how to please God. As a result, we should want to break away from all the things that separate us from our fellowship with Christ.

We are called to serve and wait until his coming. Therefore, turn to God, serve him, and wait for his Son’s return from heaven. He will appear to those who eagerly wait for him. It takes faith to wait. Isaiah 64:4 says that God acts for the ones who wait for him. Therefore, purification and waiting are part of the Christian’s spiritual progress until Christ returns for his church. Let us not waste our lives on the temporal, but rather invest our days wisely, pouring our lives into others and spending time in his Word. He is coming with all of his glory and power. “And the Spirit and the bride [church] say, ‘Come!’ ” (Rev. 22:17)

 

Prayer

Father God, teach us to purify ourselves using the means you have given to us to do so. Forgive us for our impatience. Please be gracious with us, give us peace and understanding. Strengthen us with your Word and help us remain faithful waiting for Jesus to return for as long as it takes. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Scriptures for meditation:

Is. 35:8; 1 Jn. 3:1-3; Heb. 9:28; 1 Thess. 1:9-10; Psalm 130:5; Revelation 22:20.


DAY 16 – SPIRITUAL WARFARE

January 19, 2021

Verse: Ephesians 6:11

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

What does it mean to put on the whole armor of God? The devil is on a mission to destroy us through lies and deceptions. God has provided an armor to protect us. We don’t stand a chance against the schemes of the invisible and crafty devil unless we utilize all available tools to fight against his schemes. Just as a soldier cannot go to battle with a partial suit of armor, believers cannot battle without the full armor of God. The verse says that we are to “put it on”; no one will come and put it on for us. There is a choice to be made and it is urgent! When we surrender and depend on God, He provides the armor. The devil’s attacks refer to a spiritual battle for which we have been given resources to hold a firm defense and have the ultimate victory in Jesus name. 

A soldier had a belt, breastplate, shoes, shield, helmet, and sword. Believers have the truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation, and the Word of God. We also have another powerful tool, prayer. Therefore, just like a soldier’s equipment was designed for earthly battles, our equipment is meant for spiritual battle. Stand on the promise found in 1 John 4:4 and verbally declare it, “He who is in [me] is greater than he who is in the world.”

Prayer

Father God, you are our first line of defense. Help us stand firm against the schemes of the enemy. Thanks be to God for our victory in Jesus. In Jesus name we pray, amen.

Scriptures for Meditation:

Ephesians 6:12; 2 Corinthians 5:21, 10:4; Romans 10:8-11

 


DAY 15 – THE CALL OF GOD AND MINISTRY

January 18, 2021

Verse: 2 Peter 1:10

 “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, if you do these things you will never stumble.”

Peter is speaking in this verse about confirming one’s calling. Have you ever asked yourself, “What am I here for? What am I supposed to do with my life?” Is God speaking to me? God speaks to us through the Bible, audibly, in visions and dreams, through an inner knowing, and tugging at your heart. Peter explains in this verse how we should live and conduct ourselves so we do not fall. Christians should possess these qualities of Jesus (v.5-7): faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. Those called by God will demonstrate confidence in their relationship with Christ. There will not be any wasted time, unproductiveness, ineffectiveness, or indulging in sin we should have left behind. We are committed to Christ-like living. We must clearly display a mature character and bear much fruit. As we see these characteristics in our lives, we know we are becoming more like Jesus. We are being conformed into his image. It shows in the way we live.

Did you know you have been given an assignment? As you think about this, do you sometimes feel great resistance? Perhaps you feel like these matters are too big for you? We may feel like we do not have what it takes to fulfill this assignment, lacking the skills to do it, and at times feeling inadequate to fulfill what God is calling us to do. This assignment, however, will help us grow into that person God desires us to be, bringing light to this world and doing his work here on earth. God has given us talents to fulfill our assignment and gifts to serve the body of Christ. We can identify what they are by serving others. Identify what is in your heart. Ask others what they think. Your gifts may be evident to others. Dive in! Our calling every day is to worship God, serve Him with honor, and give Him glory in everything we do.

Prayer

Father, thank you, we declare you have a plan and a purpose for our lives. Reveal to us our assignment. Take our hands and guide our feet. Allow us to hear your call and follow you always in the midst of the distractions of every day life. May we be good and faithful servants. In Jesus name we pray, amen. 

Scriptures for meditation:

2 Corinthians 13:5; 1 John 3:19; Romans 8:29; Romans 11:29; Ephesians 2:10;

Genesis 12:1-4


DAY 14 – THE BIBLE

January 17, 2021

Verse: Psalms 19:7

The Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure making wise the simple.”

The Bible is the Word of God. It is divine revelation to guide us in life. God desires that we get to know Him and His promises for our lives. The Bible reveals God’s heart, his standards, and instruction for us to follow. It is complete, flawless, and trustworthy. Every portion of scripture is important because it provides evidence of who God is. The Bible clearly indicates that God inspired it and the Holy Spirit directly communicated these truths to the men who wrote it. The Bible is eternal and it transcends time and space. God’s word does not change and is not vague.  It is the supreme standard by which all things must be measured. No person, group, organization, or church has the authority to change the Bible. It provides wisdom to the humble and divides between right and wrong. It gives life to those who pay attention to it. It is alive and powerful. Study it daily. Remember that verses should not be taken out of context, it is important to study who said it, when, where, and why. The Word of God affects the believer, physically – it heals; mentally- it delivers; and spiritually-it equips us to have a victorious Christian life.

Prayer

Father, we thank you for your Word. We want to know you more. Lead us to all righteousness. Your Word is life, it heals us. May we hide your Word in our hearts, knowing that it will be well with us because you are a good and faithful Father. In Jesus name we pray, amen. 

Scriptures for Meditation:

Jn. 10:34; Ex. 31:18; Psalms 18:30; Psalms 119:97,105; Jn. 10:3; Deut.4:2;

Heb. 4:12


DAY 13 – THE FAMILY

January 16, 2021

Verse: Acts 16:31

So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household’.”

We need to read the passage in order to understand the verse above. Paul and Silas were traveling to strengthen the churches. They were in Philippi where they met a woman, a fortuneteller. They shared the good news of the cross with her, and she believed. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, and was saved. Her master was upset when he heard this. Realizing his income would dwindle, he had them thrown in prison during an uproar. Paul and Silas were singing and praying to God while they were imprisoned. The jailor, seeing the power of God in them, asked them, “What must I do to be saved?” This is the fundamental question we all must ask when we first hear about Jesus. Jesus is the door to the kingdom of God. They shared the Word of God with him and all who lived in his household. “He believed,” and was saved. Therefore, verse 34 reveals that first, they heard the good news, the saving grace of the cross and believed, leading them (the family) to salvation. We can only receive salvation through Jesus. We can pray in faith for our family, asking God to save them, but salvation is an individual decision. All must hear and believe to be saved. God is in the business of the impossible, and he can change the hardest of hearts. Have faith, keep praying and take the good news to all, starting with your family.

Prayer

Father, thank you for your forgiveness and salvation. Help us fulfill our responsibility to share the gospel with others. We pray for our family to realize that we all need you. Give them a heart to know you, Jesus. Thank you for those you send as messengers to us. Thank you for giving us insight into your Word during our fast and time with you. In Jesus name we pray, amen. 

Scriptures for Meditation: 

Acts 16:30-32, 34; John 10:28; John 14:6; Ephesians 2:8-10; Psalms 62:1; Habakkuk 3:17-18


DAY 12 – RENEWAL

January 15, 2021

Verse: Joel 2:25

So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust, the consuming locust, my great army which I sent among you.” 

God is holy and therefore along with his continued mercy and patience, He also finds it necessary to discipline us. In this chapter, you will see how God ordered the punishment of His people because of their sins. No Christian is immune to sin. We still sin despite our best intentions and efforts not to. The struggle is real. When we stray from God it has a negative impact on our relationship with Him. God knows this and through Christ, He has secured our eternal relationship with Him. What should our response be? To soften our hearts, come before God, confess our sins, and repent. Let’s return to Him with all our heart! God’s love runs deeper than you can ever imagine. He will bring us out of the darkness and back into the light. God promises to cleanse us, resume blessings, provide for, and protect us. He even promises to restore what was lost in the destruction brought upon us by our sin and rebellion. He will lift us up and give us a fresh start. He will give us abundance instead of deprivation. God has marvelous things laid up for us. God has taken good care of us. He is faithful. Our best days are ahead of us and not behind. 

Father, thank you for you are kind and merciful. You alone are God! Forgive us and turn our hearts toward you. Remove whatever separates us from you. Pour out your favor and grace over your people. May we reflect your goodness and everlasting love. Thank you for restoring our joy, peace, health, family, our finances, and dreams. In Jesus name we pray, amen.

Scriptures for Meditation: 

Ezekiel 33:12; Romans 2:5; Eccl. 7:20; Hebrews 4:12; Psalms 23:3; 51:10-12


DAY 11 – PROSPERITY

January 14, 2021

Verse: 3 John 1:2  

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”

We often associate the word prosperity with success that comes from having a lot of money or material wealth. It is God’s will for his people to be blessed. In this verse, the apostle John was speaking about Gaius, an elder whom he loved very much. It reminds us of the elders in our church, how God has blessed each one and prospered them physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It is evident how much we love them. Through the years, we have experienced their personal devotion to the Word of God, their love for God, and their commitment to Jesus. Their kindness toward the church members and their openness to new believers is amazing. Despite their years in age, God has kept them well and active. God is a Father who cares about the details in our lives. He wants us to achieve a life that flourishes in every area. They are undoubtedly servants of the Lord according to Hebrews 11, living examples of prosperity because of their faithfulness. What is the greatest purpose of wealth? To do God’s will, to prosper the gospel. Romans 8:16-18 promises us that as children of God, we are heirs of God and coheirs with Christ. We will enjoy everything God has for us. “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you” (Mtt. 6:33). No earthly prosperity can compare with that.

Prayer  

Father, we thank you for the exemplary life of Gaius in the New Testament, and the elders, those men and women you have placed in our lives today. They are an encouragement and a joy to us. Give us heath, provide for our daily needs, and use us to prosper your kingdom. Holy Spirit, intercede for us that we may do the will of God. We thank you for what you are doing and what you are going to do in our lives. In the name of Jesus we pray, amen.

 

Scriptures for Meditation:

Psalm 24:1; Matthew 6:19-21; 6:33


DAY 10 – GIVING

January 13, 2021

Verse: Luke 6:38

Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Giving to others is an act of kindness and love. When we have a giving heart we will ourselves reap the benefits. We find God’s favor. Here is a promise, a reward for our actions toward others: God will bless us with an unexpected overflow. We usually associate this verse to material things like money, but more importantly, Jesus is teaching us the Law of Reciprocity. In this passage, Luke 6:36-42, Jesus wants us to offer forgiveness the same way we want to be forgiven. He expects us to be merciful to others, just like our Father is merciful with us. 

Without a doubt, God blesses us. For example, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 speaks of the cheerful giver. When we give of our time, talents, finances, and all that God has given us, we will experience blessings in all that we do. The Lord is gracious to bless all the work of our hands. Let us give from a generous heart, not giving because we have to, selfishly, but giving out of love for the Lord. We will then be filled with joy and gratefulness for all that Christ has done for us. We are blessed, so we can be a blessing to others.

Prayer

Father, we thank you, you give us all things to enjoy. We realize that everything comes from you and you supply all our needs and more. Let us have a giving, loving spirit. We want to be cheerful givers with our time, talents, and finances. Let us give from a pure heart that pleases you. Let us be an instrument to further your kingdom. We praise you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Scriptures for Meditation:

Ephesians 4:32; Malachi 3:10; 2 Chronicles 31:12; Proverbs 11:24-25


DAY 9 – HEALING

January 12, 2021

Verses: James 5:14-15

 “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”

The gift of healing is mentioned in the list of spiritual gifts found in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. It enables us to minister healing and restoration to the sick through prayer. There is divine healing in prayer and faith. In Luke 8:50, it says, “but when Jesus heard it, He answered him saying, ‘Don’t be afraid, only believe, and she will be made well’.” No matter what health battles you or your loved may be facing, the verse for today says to seek the elders and they will lay hands and pray over us. All the Pastors at Spring of Life Fellowship are praying and interceding for all those who are sick in the powerful name of Jesus. Let’s pray together for one another’s needs and dig deep into the Scriptures to make them our own. Proverbs 4:20-22 says, “the Word brings life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.” This is an instruction and a promise from God. “God’s word is medicine to our bodies!” (God’s Medicine Bottle, by Derek Prince) God desires to bring us all to good health.

Prayer

Father, thank you for our elders, we join them in prayer asking in the name of Jesus for strength, comfort, compassion, forgiveness, and divine healing from you. Be glorified and may we be a testimony to others of your great love and mercy. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Scriptures for Meditation: 

Mark 9:23; Acts 3:12, 16, Psalms 30:2


DAY 8 – MISSIONS

January 11, 2021

Verse: Mark 16:15

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Jesus left the disciples with a mission and it’s the same one we share today. We have been given an important assignment to be carried out. We are to go out into the world and spread the gospel, actively sharing the good news. In the midst of the pandemic, countries are shutting down entry to their doors. But if we read the Bible, we see that in Acts 2:5 Jesus’ disciples began to carry out the commission they received from Him by ministering to those around them. The mission field is often viewed as going to a foreign country. In fact, the mission field is also in our own backyard! Jesus said we would be witnesses at home a well as abroad. Therefore, we can be a testimony to our families, friends, coworkers, grocery store clerks, and even to the teens that work at the local fast food drive-through. Let’s ask the Lord to place those he wants us to reach in our daily walk. Let’s show them love, extend them grace, and show them the light of hope.

Oswald Smith once said, “The light that shines farthest shines brightest near home.” In Acts 1:8, it says “…you will be my witness in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Let’s make a difference. Now, more than ever, it is critical that we do not miss the mission field around us.

Prayer

Father God, we thank you that your plan to save the lost never changes. Prepare us and fill us with your Word that we may bring hope to our neighbors through the message of Christ. Help us fulfill the assignment entrusted to us – to expand the Kingdom of God. May your name be gloried in us. In Jesus’ name we ask, amen.

 

Scriptures for Meditation:  

Romans 10:9-10; Revelations 3:20


DAY 7 – SPRING OF LIFE FELLOWSHIP

January 10, 2021

Verse: 1Timothy 3:5

For he who does not know how to govern his own house how will he take care of God’s church?”

Paul wrote concerning the character and attributes of those who desire to lead the church. It is a calling of great responsibility, which begins at home. We should be humble in our service to others and blameless in our lives. We should be living a life that is a good testimony to Christ, bringing Him honor. Taking care of the church of God is a role we can all identify with. Each one us is called to live a life that pleases God. The characteristics that are listed in this passage, (vs. 6-13) should be the standard that all believers seek to imitate. Let’s be a testimony of God’s saving grace, honoring him with our conduct in our lives at home, in our community, and in the house of God. Church is not a place, but a body with blood ties through Jesus Christ.

Prayer

Father God, we pray that we would move according to your will, not lording over those entrusted to us, but being example of your everlasting love and mercy. We pray that the church stays true to your message and proclaims it even when it may be inconvenient. Let us encourage one another with the teachings from your Word, individually and as a church. Help us grow and give us a zeal for the Bible and prayer that we may present ourselves mature in Christ. Let us go and make disciples. May the Holy Spirit give us power to preach the gospel to all creation. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Scriptures for Meditation:

1 Peter 5:2-3, Colossians 1:28-29, Ephesians 4:11-12


DAY 6 – THE BODY OF CHRIST

January 9, 2021

Verse: John 16:13

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

How awesome it is to remember who we are in Christ in these times of shaking and tremendous stress. We are the body of Christ. Jesus left us the Holy Spirit to guide us in our daily lives. He is involved in every aspect of our lives, even in the monotonous and routine tasks of daily activity. Let us be attentive, listening to Him and allowing Him to speak to our spirit, guide us to all truth, and help us do the right thing. The Holy Spirit will empower us and mature our character as we grow in love, forgiveness, perseverance, and endurance until His coming. Remember how Jesus lived a sinless life on earth despite temptations, and was sacrificed on a cross for the sins of man. He set an example for us to follow in all things. As you trust God, read the Bible, and seek Godly counsel, the Holy Spirit will guide your steps. As His people, we must replace hatred with love, and division with unity.

Prayer

Lord, fill us with your spirit. Guide us and give us discernment, give us eyes to see and ears to hear every day. Give us a heart and the desire to obey your spirit. Help us to stand firm and trust who we are in you.

Scriptures for Meditation:

John 17:3, John 14:26, Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 12:1-2, Proverbs 11:14, 2 Corinthians 4:18

 


DAY 5 – THE STATE OF FLORIDA

January 8, 2021

Verse: 2 Chronicles 7:14

If My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Everyone desires to live in a land blessed with peace and prosperity. However, we cannot expect God’s blessing if we have unbelief and live in disobedience to God’s Word. For this reason, we, the church, must pray for our state. As we humble ourselves, longing for God in repentance, we fulfill the conditions for divine blessings. Here God releases grace and mercy toward us. He is faithful and just to forgive our sins, cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9), and heal our land.

Prayer

Jesus, we pray for your intervention, Lord, you are Lord of all. Father God, we come before you asking you to touch the hearts of our lawmakers in Florida. We pray for our governor, our senators, and all those in our local offices. Let them seek the principles that you have established for us to live by. Please give them wisdom to run our state. Keep them from greed and help them to work with others to bring safety to our cities. Replace our worries with your everlasting gift of peace. We are safe in you.

Scriptures for Meditation:

Daniel 2:21, Romans 13:1, Psalms 16:1


DAY 4 – THE NATION

January 7, 2021

Verses:  1 Timothy 2:1-2

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence”

Our nation needs God more than ever as it is apparent in the lockdowns, overcrowded hospitals, financial crisis, political unrest, vaccines, etc. We must take time to pray for our country and our leaders. In fact, it is our duty as God’s people to intercede for our leaders and those in authority. We must remember that the founding fathers of this nation established this country as “one nation under God.” Therefore, our focus should be on the Lord despite the circumstances. Do not look around you but look upward, remembering from where our help comes from. Pray for our president, and all those who lead our nation. Fasting and prayer are spiritual weapons we have received to bring down strongholds. As we use these tools daily, God is just to answer our prayers. Live a godly, peaceful life that pleases God and trust God, He is in control.

Prayer

Father, we pray that as a nation we would turn our hearts back to you. We ask you to give wisdom, strength, and understanding to those you have placed to govern over us. You are our strength, our strong tower, and deliverer. We thank you for being gracious and compassionate to hear our cry. Please continue to bless the United States of America.

Scripture for Meditation:

2 Corinthians 10:4


DAY 3 – THE WORLD

January 6, 2021

Verse: Psalms 2:8

Ask of Me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for your possession.”

We can see clearly how God’s plan of redemption is to return the dominion over the earth to man through Christ. The Father sent His only begotten Son as our Savior, to rescue us and bring us back to him. Jesus said to his disciples in Matthew 28, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations…” The call to make disciples belongs to every believer and extends to every place on earth. In Isaiah 6:8, God spoke to the prophet Isaiah, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” The prophet replied, “Here I am! Send me.” This must be our response, to always have a desire to do God’s will, to peacefully accept God’s calling for our lives, wherever that takes us and whatever the cost. Through God’s grace, we can also stand and reply, “Here I am! Send Me.”

Prayer

Dear Father, thank you for saving me through Jesus, lifting me out of a fallen world, and clothing me with Christ’s righteousness. Let us not fear, but understand that you have given us power, love, and a sound mind. Holy Spirit, fill us with courage that we may boldly share the message of the cross not just with words. Give us compassion for others and draw us closer to You every day.

Scriptures for Meditation:

Matthew 28:19-20; Isaiah 6:8; Ephesians 6:19


DAY 2 – RECONNECT

January 5, 2021

Verse: Romans 6:16

 “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s salves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”

Fasting allows us to be more sensitive to God’s desires. It can help us break away from bondage that has been holding us hostage. It opens up communication with God and can give us a better understanding of God’s will for our lives.  We were slaves to sin in the world, but when we come to Christ, He rescues us from slavery to sin. God always gives us the right to choose. We can be slaves to sin or slaves to righteousness. Temptations and mistakes may continue to be part of our lives but living in continuous sin cannot. We should pursue righteousness instead of our sinful desires, knowing well what the consequences are. Our ultimate goal should be to live a life that pleases God.

 

Prayer

Father, help us to connect with you during this fast. Reveal to us the assignment that you have for each one of us. We are setting apart our minds, bodies, and souls in obedience. We are denying ourselves to be united in purpose with you. Holy Spirit, guide us, keep us from making wrong decisions, and deliver us from temptations. Let us draw closer to you Lord.

Scripture for Meditation: 

Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage”.


DAY 1 – REPENTANCE

January 4, 2021

Verses: Psalms 7, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143

As we reflect on 2020, we can say that it was a year filled with uncertainty and many changes. However, God does not change. He continues to be the same yesterday, today, and forever. He showed Himself with excellence to His people.

Let us welcome the new year 2021 with thanksgiving and gratitude. It is a great time, now, in the beginning of the new year, to examine ourselves with a heart of repentance. Seek God’s face and repent! The Bible defines repentance as “an internal change of mind, which brings about an external action; to go back or turn around; to make a complete change towards a totally new direction”. It means to make a U turn, go back to God, and begin to please God. We must always be willing to allow the Lord to show us our faults. We must confess our rebellions, our sins, to the Lord. Let us go before Him with a genuine and humble heart asking him to forgive us and heal us.

As we begin our fast and pray, we release the principle found in Matthew 6:33. Get ready to see those “things” being added to your life throughout this year. We shall see God’s goodness and faithfulness. Let us keep our eyes on things above, for in Him, there is guidance, strength, protection, provision, and salvation. “For nothing is impossible with God” (Lk. 1:37).

Prayer – Father, we come humbly before you. We repent and ask you to wash us and cleanse us. Oh Lord, do not look away from us. Our desire is that you find pleasure in us. Give us love for one another. Let us be an example for others to follow. Let us be a people who move according to your spirit. Fulfill your promises in all of us; our expectation is from you Lord. We surrender to you, have your way in our lives and guide us through the Highway of Holiness this year.

Scriptures for Meditation:

1 John 1:9, 1 Peter 1:18-19, Hebrews 4:16