92 Fasting

And when you pray…When you fast…The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.   Matthew 6:5, 16, 9:15
Yet when [those who repay me evil for good] were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting. Ps. 35:13
“We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church, and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. Acts 14:22-23
The twenty fourth secret to finding humility is Fasting.
Have you prayed, received prayer and waited with no discernible change for the better? Have you considered fasting and praying? Last year, we listened to a tape series on fasting and prayer called (take a guess), “Fasting & Prayer” (see below for link to Amazon page where you can purchase this audio tape series). This tape series had stories about what happened when people fasted and prayed.
We experience the presence of the Holy Spirit, but how much of His power do we experience? Do we see miracles and healing for which God exhorted us to pray? God wants to help us with our jobs, neighbors, friends and families. Do we want His help? Then let’s seek God. God has helped us. Yet, we could use more. We could see God move even more powerfully when we fast and pray. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)
I send these e-letters to a variety of people, some of whom practice fasting and others who may know little about it. Someone might be surprised that I am even talking about it. Fasting can be painful. When I feel called to a fast, I whine and complain. I moan and groan. I do not like it. I do not want to do anything that causes discomfort. Our comfort-seeking society agrees. However, Jesus talked about fasting, so I feel called to look into it.
Fasting by itself feels humbling because it shows us how weak and needy we are. We more easily and fervently cry out to God for His help and comfort when we fast. We humble ourselves intensely when we fast. (I Chr. 7:14)
Total food fasting may not be for all of us because of medical reasons. We can consider fasting food items such as candy bars. We could also fast activities, such as watching TV. I hope no one fasts from reading the e-letters!
I would like to pray about specific needs you may have. Please let us know your prayer requests.
Hungering for The Bread of Life,

Noah Woodrich

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91 Kindness

Hi, there, Noah has just started a new job in the past few weeks and this topic is one that is near and dear to my heart.  I offer my best attempt at writing.

A kindhearted woman gains respect but ruthless men gain only wealth.  A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself.  Prov. 11:16-17

The twenty third secret to humility is Kindness.

For many of us the term kindness has been vilified.  Oh, kindness is just being codependent.  Why care for the clerk when we have many other things to think of and people to consider.  We often figure that there are others who will meet this person’s heart.  We are not their pastor, priest or rabbi.  Or are we?  Does not Peter (I Peter 2:9) remind us that we are all called to be priests?  We have a voice and authority to speak into people in our lives.

Say, for example, we are sitting next to a couple and we hear them talk of the loss of a family member.  It would be inappropriate to acknowledge that we overheard such a sensitive matter.  Or would it?  Is that not the deception the enemy would have us believe?  Perhaps that is the specific reason the great High Priest has placed us there.  All it takes is a polite, “Pardon me, I am sorry that I overheard, but may I pray for you in this hard time?”  Of the many ways this could play out, one being that they gladly accept the prayer, is that they could refuse.  If this happens, you can very politely and delightedly say that you like to hear people say, “No.”  This gives them a new view of God and also of believers.

Humility applies at this point.  When we are kind to people, we risk being rejected.  To be kind, we need to offer our best to others not knowing if they will receive or reject what we have to offer.  Further, we “consider others above ourselves” when we are kind to them.

C.S. Lewis wrote kindness is not the same as being nice.  When we are being kind, we consider the other person’s ultimate good.  They may not appreciate in the moment what we are offering them and we may not receive any earthly reward for what we do for them.  In humility we let go of any expectation of how we will be treated for our kindness.

Actually, we benefit ourselves when we are kind.  As the verse above states, we gain the respect of others.  We may see this as people return our kindnesses with kindness toward us.  Yet, the greatest benefit is how we are changed as we show kindness towards others.  For example, when we bless others when they curse us, we are transformed into the Lord’s image through His renewing power.

Finding His kindness,

Marguex (with some minor input from Noah) Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; comforting others with the comfort, which we received.  We have a dream & need support and prayers.

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