Scripture
Read Nehemiah 1

When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of Heaven. Nehemiah 1:4
 
Observation
When Nehemiah heard that things were not going well in Jerusalem, and there were people in trouble, he was moved with a deep compassion, and this emotion turned his attention to God first. He had a reason to fast and pray, it was no longer a good idea, or something he had to do, a religious obligation,  but an action that he was taking because he had a “cause!"
  
Application
When we are clear on our “cause” and have a reason, we will find a way to devote ourselves to God. Write down your reason you’re going to fast and pray beginning on Thursday. (Like with a pen and paper, or notes in your phone). We need to be reminded what is at stake. And once we know our cause, and spend time with our Father, an urgency to action will result.
The two times to fast and pray? “When you are not sure what God is saying to you and when you do know what He has asked of you.” — Pastor Keith Tucci
 
Prayer
Father in heaven, show me what is at stake in my life with my family, friends, co-workers and neighbors.  Jesus, I need the same urgency You had in my life. Holy Spirit, help guide me and empower me to obey what God shows me in my devotion life. I am offering you, God, my January. Let me see the way You see, hear the way You hear, and obey the way Jesus did. AMEN!

Pastor Rick Paladin, Lead Pastor

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