by: Pastor Joby Martin
Discover: Read Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 (Parable of the Sower)
Deepen: Jesus says that the Kingdom of God is like a farmer that scatters seed on the ground. The interesting thing is the same seed is scattered on four different types of soil, and there are four different harvests or results. It’s obvious Jesus is teaching that it's the condition of the soil, not the scattering of seed that determines growth. Here at Eleven22 we are committed to teaching the Bible each week and showing you how it applies to life. We are committed to teaching you the Gospel and how to be a disciple-making disciple. But, your responsibility is the condition of the soil of your life. Our hope and prayer during this time is that God would use the prayer, fasting, and this devotional to till up and fertilize your heart so that you are ready to receive what He has for you. The enemy will try to come and steal His word away through busyness and distraction. The world will try to choke out what God wants to do in your life. So, fasting is one of the best ways to say "no" to the busyness of this world, and say "yes" to Jesus. There are some rocky places in all of our hearts. Oftentimes the only way these rocks can be dislodged, so the Word of God can grow deep, is through intentional times of prayer. We're trying to position our entire church in this season to experience the overwhelming power of the Holy Spirit in an intensified work through His church.
As we begin this journey together as a faith family, may you commit to do your part to fertilize the condition of the soil of your heart knowing that God always does His part to draw near to us in these times.
Prayer: Our good and gracious heavenly Father, I commit in this season of Saturated to draw hear to you, knowing that you will draw near to me. I pray against busyness. I pray against distraction. I pray against my flesh that in this season I can say "no" to this world, and say "yes" to you. Thank you that you loved me first, and you are a promise-keeping God. Amen.
Take Action: Give the first part of your day, throughout Saturated, to spending time with the Lord in this Saturated devotional.
Daniel Fast Recipe: Mexican Quinoa