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By: James River Church08/12/19

21 Days of Prayer & Fasting Devotional – Day 16: Seeing and Seizing Opportunity

Devotional

America is known as the land of opportunity. The potential of upward mobility in this nation has drawn and continues to draw many to this great country. The reality is each day is filled with opportunities. And with these opportunities comes the need to identify and make wise choices for our lives.

That’s why the Apostle Paul provides this helpful guidance to us as believers in both Ephesians and Colossians:

Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV)
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

Colossians 4:5-6 (NLT)
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.

In both passages, Paul points back to how we live as a key to making the most of every opportunity. Making the most of every opportunity means you’ll say no to good things so you can say yes to the best things. That’s what we’re doing when we fast. We are saying no to some things we want, so we can receive the greatest things the Lord desires to give us. As you position yourself to hear from the Lord, he is going to provide guidance for your life. You will be able to both see and seize the incredible opportunities he has for you!

Scriptures

Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV)
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

Colossians 4:5-6 (NLT)
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.

Psalm 32:8
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”

Resources

Prayer List & Ways to Fast
Prayer & Fasting Reading List