The Fruit of the Spirit – Fasting & Prayer Day

The Fruit of the Spirit

If you plant an orange seed, the tree will bear oranges.  Likewise, if you plant an apple seed, the tree will bear apples.  If you plant the Holy Spirit in your heart, your character will bear the Fruit of the Spirit.  As Christians, we desire to have the Holy Spirit living and dwelling within us.  We want The Holy Spirit’s transforming power to exist within and through us.  What is the evidence  that the Holy Spirit has taken a seat in our hearts? We begin to bear His fruits.  Our reaction to stressful situations begin to change, we approach sticky situations with our “Jesus Glasses” on.

Today, from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM, we will spend time at God’s feet and study the Fruit of the Spirit.  Note, that while there are many lusts of the flesh, there is one Fruit of the Spirit.  There are different ways that the devil can prove that someone is operating under his influence.  While some are similar and work hand in hand, some are as different as night and day.  The only common thread, they are all signs that the devil is using someone as his agent; however, when the Holy Spirit takes root in your heart, one fruit appears.  In this case, think of the Holy Spirit as a seed: one seed, one fruit, vs one seed, multiple fruits.  No matter which part of the fruit you see, or which is used, it all reflects the Holy spirit dwelling within us.  They are all related, and work hand in hand.  Always remember, we change when we allow the Holy Spirit to take root in our heart.  This change is visibly seen by others and will naturally draw them to God working through you.

Make Time for God

To DO

  • Post on your social media:
    Today, in addition to fasting from processed foods, I will meditate on how the Holy Spirit residing in my heart bears the Fruit of the Spirit. #MyGenPrays #LetsPrayTogether #TheFruitOfTheSpirit #HappyPraying
  • Connect with your prayer partner, remind and encourage each other to spend time with God today.
  • Meditate on each fruit and ask God which part of the fruit needs improvement.
  • Ask God to soften your heart so that the Holy Spirit can take root and grow in your heart.
  • Ask God to reveal to you which areas of your life you are stifling the Holy Spirit from growing.

Do Not

  • Allow the devil to distract you from spending time with God.
  • Feel guilty or beat yourself up if there is a part of the fruit that may need improvement. We all are a work in progress, and God is constantly working on each of us.
  • Give up or feel overwhelmed! We will have all year to focus on the Fruit of the Spirit!
  • Believe the devil’s lies! Every aspect of the Fruit is well within our reach. It takes prayer, faith, trust and persistence. Let your desire to walk in the Spirit and bear His fruit be greater than your need to sin.

Join us as we pray at 9 AM, 12 PM, 3 PM & 6 PM. Corporate Prayer is at 8 PM.

Time Fruit
9:00 AM Love, Joy, Peace
12:00 PM Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness
3:00 PM Faith, Meekness, Temperance

6:00 PM Personal Reflection
8:00 PM Corporate

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Verses for Meditation

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.Galatians 5:22-23
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the SpiritGalatians 5:25
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens mePhilippians 4:13
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.John 14:27
But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.Psalm 86:15
Now David said, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?2 Samuel 9:1
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.Psalms 23:6
For your lovingkindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your truth.Psalm 26:3
To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.1 Peter 3:15
Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down without walls.Proverbs 25:28
About the Author

Hannah Love

While I am a born and raised Seventh-day Adventist (I was baptized at the age of 8, and then again at 21), I am not a product of Adventist Education. As a matter of fact, it is my public school education, both at DeWitt Clinton HS, and the University at Albany that has strengthened my relationship with. High School reignited my love for singing in choirs, and led me to join the Angelic Voices of Praise, the only gospel choir on campus. It was at corporate prayer before choir rehearsal one Thursday evening in Albany that my prayer life was brought under a microscope. You see, up until that point, I was praying these little Baby Prayers, the Patty Cake Prayers, the rehearsed Prayers, the One Liners. There wasn’t any conviction, and it almost appeared that I was afraid to talk to God in a very real way. That night a seasoned member saw something that I didn’t see in myself, and because she allowed the Holy Spirit to use her, took me to the back of the LC during corporate prayer and taught me how to pray. I mean Really Pray! That night not only changed my life, but changed my Prayer Life forever. My prayer life translated well as I served as a Pathfinder Leader and an Assistant AY Leader and Praise and Worship leader. It was my constant communication with God that allowed Him to use me to lead Teens and Young Adult closer to God, and many more into Praise and Worship. While I understand that our life experiences have differed, I believe that our God is the same. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the God that desires to have a deeper communication with us, who longs to chat with us, and craves quiet moments that we can offer as sacrifice to Him Do not for a moment think that I am perfect. In fact I am far from it. I mess up and mistakes, but my relationship with God is just as real as this letter you are reading. It is my relationship, and my prayer life, that restores me each and every time I fall. It is my prayer life with God that has allowed Him to use me for His work, and the furtherance of His Gospel! I charge each and everyone of you to explore a genuine and real relationship with God! Sit at His feet, talk to Him, worship him, Praise Him! Ask God to show Himself to you in a very “You Specific Way” Just in case you don’t know where to start, I encourage each and everyone of you who are able to join in with us on our Weekly Prayer and Fasts that meet each Wednesday. It is in these Fasts, that God reveals our character flaws to us, in hopes of not only correcting our Spiritual Cancers that seek to draw us away from God’s divine love, but pull us closer to the feet of Jesus! I pray that each and everyone of you experience God in a very real and “You Specific Way”. I Love you and God Loves you more!

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