Acts 13:20-22 MSG
“Up to the time of Samuel the prophet, God provided judges to lead them. But then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul, son of Kish, out of the tribe of Benjamin. After Saul had ruled forty years, God removed him from office and put King David in his place, with this commendation: ‘I’ve searched the land and found this David, son of Jesse. He’s a man whose heart beats to my heart, a man who will do what I tell him.’
Matthew 6:9-13 AMP
Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven (left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors. And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Note: the basic definition according to God of having a heart like God, having our heart beat with Gods heart beat is about obedience to God.
to follow the commands or guidance of to conform to or comply with, to submit to
>David stood out to God because he had a submissive heart and a pliable will. David stood for what God stood for, loved what God loved, because he loved God
>The search: its interesting to me that God goes on a search to find a man who’s heart beats with his. I wonder today if God begin a search, when His eyes lit upon us would he find our hearts beating with His heart or would He find our hearts in doubt, fear, rebellion, distracted, status quo, mediocrity, or compromising?
>There is no doubt that doing the will of God requires submission on our part, but God has given us the ability to choose.
>Something to think about: When we go our own way, and move away from Gods way life is not better. There is a lie out there that if we do things Gods way, if we Aknowlege His will in our lives, if we submit to his authority, our lives will horrible because he’s out to get us.
>It’s like saying the only reason police exist is to give us tickets and make our lives hard. Not seeing the reality that the objective of the police is to protect us and make our communities safe.
Romans 7:14-25 MSG
I can anticipate the response that is coming: “I know that all God’s commands are spiritual, but I’m not. Isn’t this also your experience?” Yes. I’m full of myself—after all, I’ve spent a long time in sin’s prison. What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do it, it becomes obvious that God’s command is necessary. But I need something more ! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made us free from the law of sin and Death.
Galatians 2:19-20 MSG
What actually took place is this; I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christs life showed me how, and enalbled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to imporess God, Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not”mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.
>The Best Life is the God kind of life. A life submitted to Christ and His will for us.
How do we acquire a heart like Gods?
1 Thessalonians 5:17 AMP
Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]
The Lords Prayer is a great guideline of how we should pray.
Worship the father
Submission to His will
Forgiveness and forgiving
Ask for direction
2. Meditate on the word of God
Joshua 1:1-9 MSG
And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”
Psalm 1:1-3 MSG
How well God must like you— you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College. Instead you thrill to God ’s Word, you chew on Scripture day and night. You’re a tree replanted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month, Never dropping a leaf, always in blossom.
Don’t be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may be the proof of what is good, acceptable, and perfect in the will of God.
Daniel 9:3 AMP
And I set my face to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting and sackcloth and ashes;
1 Samuel 7:5, 6 AMP
Samuel said, Gather all Israel to Mizpah and I will pray to the Lord for you. So they gathered at Mizpah and drew water and poured it out before the Lord and fasted on that day and said there, We have sinned against the Lord. And Samuel judged the Israelites at Mizpah.
Joel 2:15-17 AMP
Blow the trumpet in Zion; set apart a fast [a day of restraint and humility]; call a solemn assembly. Gather the people, sanctify the congregation; assemble the elderly people, gather the children and the nursing infants; let the bridegroom [who is legally exempt from attending] go forth from his chamber and the bride out of her closet. [None is exempt from the humiliation.] Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar; and let them say, Have pity and spare Your people, O Lord, and give not Your heritage to reproach, that the [heathen] nations should rule over them or use a byword against them. Why should they say among the peoples, Where is their God?
That we as a church will fully develop a heart like Gods
That we will become desperate for the salvation of our family, friends, city, area and world.
That our nation will turn its heart toward Jesus
Praying, meditating on Gods word, and fasting are all things we should do as individuals, but there are times that God calls us as a church to Fast and pray together. As I prayed about 2014 I really felt impressed to lead the church in a time of Fasting and prayer.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:
What are you expecting God to do in your life as an individual through this fast?
What type of fast am I going to commit to?
What would you like for the church to pray with you about during this fast?
Fasting should always be done in conjunction with prayer and bible meditation.