21 DAYS OF PRAYER AND FASTING

21 Days of Prayer & Fasting, Day 21: Sunday – “He Has Risen! He is Not Here!”

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most astounding, the most monumental, the most consequential event in all of human history. There is not single event in the history of the world that has as much significance as the resurrection. It is the foundation of the gospel. It is the center point of our faith. Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our faith – indeed our very existence – would be pointless.

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21 Days of Prayer & Fasting, Day 20: Saturday – “Sealing the Stone and Setting a Guard”

Today is Saturday. Matthew is the only gospel that records a narrative on the Saturday between Jesus’ death on Friday and his resurrection on Sunday. This part of the story is one of the most important proofs of the historicity of Christ’s resurrection. Because the fearful Pharisees and the power-hungry Romans collaborated to secure the tomb by sealing the 2-ton stone and setting a Roman guard to keep watch, there is no natural explanation for the tomb being empty on Sunday.

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21 Days of Prayer & Fasting, Day 18: Thursday – “This is My Blood”

In this passage, Jesus instituted what we call “The Lord’s Supper” as he celebrated the Passover meal with his disciples. On Thursday, the night before his death.

The Passover had been celebrated every year at this time ever since Moses led the Hebrew people out of slavery in Egypt 1400 years earlier to cross the Red Sea. God used 10 plagues to harden Pharoah’s heart, not allowing the Hebrews to leave.

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21 Days of Prayer & Fasting, Day 17: Wednesday – “Everything”

The line to the offering box was long. Commoners emptied their small bags of coins into the metal receptacle, while wealthy old men proudly dumped in their big bags of coins. And in their midst, a widow’s cloak ducked behind the gilded robes, slipped through the line, and put in two copper coins, “plink plink.” The Pharisees snickered, the chief priests scoffed, but Jesus really saw. He didn’t just see the two copper coins; He saw her heart.

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21 Days of Prayer & Fasting, Day 15: Monday – “The Son of Man Came Not to be Served, But to Serve”

As Jesus approaches Jerusalem with his disciples, he hears brothers James and John arguing over who will sit on either side of Jesus in his kingdom (Mark 10:35-41)… They’re more worried about their personal position, power and authority than they’re concerned about what is about to happen in Jerusalem (a mock trial and death on a Roman cross). It’s in this context that we come to Jesus’ words to them in verses 42-45 – and the theme of the book of Mark.

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21 Days of Prayer & Fasting, Day 13: Saturday – “Take Up Your Cross…”

Today, many people wear cross necklaces as a fashion statement. But for first-century Jews, the cross was the symbol of ultimate suffering. It’s striking that Jesus would use this vivid imagery in verse 34 to set criteria for following Him. Any marketing expert on gathering followers might have advised Him differently! While we might be happy to wear the necklace, none of us like the idea of denying ourselves and carrying an instrument of torture to our death.

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21 Days of Prayer & Fasting, Day 12: Friday – “Do You Not Yet Understand?”

Let’s consider two critical concepts out of today’s passage—both center around the theme of Bread (leaven) that is prevalent throughout scriptural.
The first concept is of bread as a metaphor for the ideas that feed our minds and hearts. As Jesus says in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

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21 Days of Prayer & Fasting, Day 10: Wednesday – “In Vain Do They Worship Me…”

The pharisees were considered the most religiously devout men in the land…and they were also the group most maligned by Jesus. In Matthew 23:3, Jesus tells the people to follow the pharisees’ teaching, yet on numerous occasions He calls them hypocrites – or worse. These people wanted to be godly, but they thought the most important thing was to follow God by following external rules.

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21 Days of Prayer & Fasting, Day 2: Tuesday – “Your Sins are Forgiven”

The paralytic was brought to Jesus by some of his friends. They cared for him enough to do whatever it took to get him to Jesus – though they didn’t know what was in store. When Jesus saw the incredible example of their faith, he did something unexpected – and even more supernaturally powerful than healing the paralytic – which he eventually did as well. He forgave the man’s sins.

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