40 Days of Discipline

40 Days of Discipline:  Day 15 – Fasting


Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35, New International Version)

Theme:  Rejoicing and Thanksgiving


Today is dedicated to Fasting.  Please consider sacrificing a least one meal and spend dedicated time focusing on God.  If you are considering fasting, please take your health into account.

As we discussed yesterday, effective fasting will concentrate our attention on God’s sufficiency.  As you fast today, please consider the following requests. 


  • Spend quality time in worship and prayer.
  • Dedicate time to giving God thanks, including thanking Him for being the source of joy.
  • Ask God to intervene in the lives of loved ones you know who are struggling with mental health challenges.
  • As you pray for individuals, institutions, and countries facing challenges, give God thanks in spite of the challenges.    

Throughout the day, feel free to share prayer requests, words of encouragement, or passages of Scripture.

6 thoughts on “40 Days of Discipline:  Day 15 – Fasting

  1. Good morning All. Please lift up my son, Brandon, in your prayers. He’s a high schooler who struggles academically, does not like school, keeps to himself, and has no interest in being a part of any organizations or clubs at his school. (I have been encouraging social interaction).
    He does not let go of being “wronged”.
    Thank you. 💚

    • Thank you for sharing! I will be praying for him. 💚

    • Hi Joseth, I hope you don’t mind me sharing this. My son was like that in high school too. Part of his struggle was adjusting to relocating to the United States when he was 13. It took years to resolve but he’s more like his old self now and is wanting make friends again. I believe through continuous prayers; talk therapy and various other interventions he was rehabilitated. (It made me a believer in talk therapy) I heard a joke recently – it said, my son is the reason for my strong faith because he kept me on my knees throughout his teenage years :). Your son is probably depressed. I know that was the case with my son. I did not understand it at the time and was frustrated, angry, hurt and afraid. I believe things will get better for you and Brandon.

  2. The YouVersion verse of the day is a great fit with our day of fasting: Romans 12:12 – Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

  3. Though the fig tree does not bud
    and there are no grapes on the vines,
    though the olive crop fails
    and the fields produce no food,
    though there are no sheep in the pen
    and no cattle in the stalls,
    yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
    I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:17-18

  4. I am thanking God for the children and young people in our lives, and praying that they will have increasingly deeper experiences with God that confirm how much Joy He provides regardless of their circumstances.

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