In Matthew 6, Jesus placed fasting on the same level as praying and giving. He said, “When you fast, when you pray, and when you give.”
Praying, fasting, and giving are a three-fold cord of spiritual exercise that is powerful!
For the past two weeks we have practiced the disciplines of prayer and of fasting. I want you to consider for this final week to include the exercise of giving. Set aside a certain amount of money to give away as an offering each day of this final week. As you go throughout your day, be open to the leadership of the Holy Spirit in where or to whom you are to give your offering that day.
The amount can be determined in prayer and after discussion with your spouse. While the amount is important, it is not primary. What is primary is the combination of these three disciplines. The scripture says in Ecclesiastes 4:12, “A three-fold cord is not easily broken.” Certainly the scriptures do not mandate practicing all three at once. This is simply a suggestion.
I have practiced this pattern for years during extended fasts with amazing results. My tendency is to be self-oriented. This practice helps me to focus on others. As we are praying and fasting now we are also becoming open not only to receiving but also to giving to others.
If you are facing a season of financial challenge, this may be something you want to consider. This is not, however, a substitute for tithing. It is a way of planting “seed.” All three of these disciplines; praying, fasting, and giving are exercises of faith. God honors faith.
Very often the act of giving opens up the door to further ministry into the life of the one who is the recipient of your offering. It opens up opportunities for prayer, witnessing, and relationship building.
I am confident of this; you cannot pray, fast, and give without being a blessing and receiving a blessing.
iPray is a 21 day spiritual adventure. This is an exciting time. Thanks for your partnership.