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Ministry of Fasting
Friday, September 19th, 2014
The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong.
- Isaiah 58:11 (NRSV)
As I have served out my prison term here in Florida, I have come to appreciate the spiritual discipline of fasting. It has become a ministry for me. I always ask the Holy Spirit, “To whom should I give my meal tray today?”Many times, the Spirit shocks me by leading me to give my meal to someone who isn’t a Christian. Often it’s someone I don’t even care for. The thought of giving my meal to someone like this at first seems like a mistake. I understand the Spirit’s guidance only when I see the look on his face as I hand him the tray and say, “God bless you.”You see, most of the guys here in prison are not used to kindness. I thank God for using me to show them some.
Lance Ek (Florida)
Thought for the Day
God’s Spirit is at work even within prison walls.
Thank you, dear God, for helping us show kindness in unexpected ways. Lead us to take care of one another as you care for us. We pray in the name of Jesus, who taught us to pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever” (Matt. 6:9-13, KJV). Amen.
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