Quiet Time With Jesus – Giving, Praying and Fasting

Monday, 3 September 2018

In the Beatitudes, specifically in Matthew 6, Jesus provided the pattern by which each of us is to live as a child of God. That pattern addressed three specific duties of a Christian: giving, praying, and fasting. Jesus said, “WHEN you give…” and “WHEN you pray…” and “WHEN you fast.” He made it clear that fasting, like giving and praying, was a normal part of Christian life. 

We might say: Eating is a normal part of life. Enjoying the food that we like is a normal part of life. Indeed, Singaporeans are food lovers. Foreigners love our food too. The important question is: Do Christians love food more than God?

Paul said (even with tears) that many Christians live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things (Philippians 3:18-19).

Jentezen Franklin: Fasting means CRUCIFYING what I refer to as “King Stomach.” He calls our stomach a “dictator” and he said that we have to CHOOSE to dethrone that dictator within.

Excerpt from the book “Fasting” by Jentezen Franklin (JF)

God heard their (the Israelites) murmuring and complaining. As any mom can attest, it is just not a good idea to get the cook mad at you. God said, “The LORD will give you meat, and you shall eat. You shall eat, not one day, nor two days, nor five days, nor ten days, nor twenty days, but for a whole month, until it comes out of your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have despised the LORD” (Numbers 11:18-20). And He sent them quail in such a great abundance they stacked it two and a half feet deep! And they ate and ate, and while the meat was in their mouths, thousands of them died and buried there. And according to verse 34, that place became known as Kibroth Hattaavah, which means “The Graves of Lusters,” as a memorial to those who ate themselves right out of the Promised Land. Unquote

JF encourages us to GIVE GOD the first part of every day, the first day of every week, the first portion of every dollar, and the first consideration in every direction.

Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (emphasis added). 


My Prayer

Dear Father God,

As we continue to FEED on Your Word, please strengthen our spirit. Give us clear and true understanding of Your Word. Teach us how to apply Your Word into our lives. We want to seek You FIRST not because of our earthly desires but because we want to be transformed back to what You designed us to be when You first created man. 

The Bible says:

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the live-stock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
— Genesis 1:26
So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; MALE and FEMALE He created them.
— Genesis 1:27

Thank You God!

Amen!

Lam Yee Ling