Week One – Day 2
TODAY’S FAST – Fast one meal today and use that time as an appointment with God
Read Isaiah 58:1-12
God knows our hearts. He told Isaiah to tell the people that even though they acted like they wanted to know Him, though they acted like they wanted God to come near to them, though they fasted and prayed, He did not respond to them because their hearts were in the wrong place. Fasting and praying are not just about lifting our voices to God and skipping meals. Through our fasting, God wants to change our hearts. He does not want us just coming to Him as we go through the motions of religion—He wants to transform our minds.
Our love for God is revealed by our love for people.
When we have hearts to love people, to care for the poor, to speak for the oppressed, God will bring healing and revelation to our lives. When we humble ourselves, not only in prayer but also in our actions toward other people, God will hear us from heaven. When we cry out to Him, He will be our protector and provider.
Jesus said that we are to love God and love people. We reveal our love for God through our love for people. John wrote, “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20). As we prepare our hearts for Easter, ask God to reconcile you to the people you encounter each day. Ask for wisdom as you reach out and meet the physical needs of the people who do not have what they need. Ask Him to help you see people the way He sees them and respond to them the way He responds to them
Pray for a new heart. Pray for God to fill you with His Spirit. Ask God to remove the stony parts of your heart. Ask God to break you free of anything that is holding you in bondage.
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?”
Isaiah 58:6 NIV