You are my witnesses, says the Lord,
and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
nor shall there be any after me.
I, I am the Lord,
and besides me there is no savior.
Question- How can I be a witness to the Lord today?
Prayer– LORD, you have chosen us as your witnesses today. Help us to rise to the occasion as we walk through life. Give us the courage and the wise words to share your grace to those that you send our way. Amen
Our God, you bless everyone
whose sins you forgive
and wipe away.
You bless them by saying,
“You told me your sins,
without trying to hide them,
and now I forgive you.”
You said to me,
“I will point out the road
that you should follow.
I will be your teacher
and watch over you.
Question-Have I examined myself today and brought my sins to you?
Prayer- Lord, you are indeed a God that forgives and restores. Today I come to you for restoration. The weight of my sin has robbed me of the joy that you created me to experience. I ask you forgiveness and guidance this and everyday of my life. Amen
For this reason he had to be made like them,[e] fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
—Hebrews 2: 17-18
Question—Can you imagine what it was like for God to become a Man?
Prayer Lord, you became like me so that I might be with you. Likewise, I must be willing to suffer to bring others to you. Give me the courage to be selfless enough to sacrifice to serve you. Give me the insight to make myself low. Amen
Choose this Fast
1Shout out, do not hold back!
Lift up your voice like a trumpet!
Announce to my people their rebellion,
to the house of Jacob their sins.
2 Yet day after day they seek me
and delight to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness
and did not forsake the ordinance of their God;
they ask of me righteous judgments,
they delight to draw near to God.
3 ‘Why do we fast, but you do not see?
Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?’
Look, you serve your own interest on your fast-day,
and oppress all your workers.
4 Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight
and to strike with a wicked fist.
Such fasting as you do today
will not make your voice heard on high.
5 Is such the fast that I choose,
a day to humble oneself?
Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush,
and to lie in sackcloth and ashes?
Will you call this a fast,
a day acceptable to the Lord?
6 Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
8 Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator shall go before you,
the glory of the Lord shall be your rearguard.
9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.
Lord, let me choose to fast so that your abundance might be shown and shared.