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2020 – 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting
The Gift of Being Present

“So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from Him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.” Matthew 6:33-34 TPT

I don’t know about you, but I am a future thinker/planner. God has really been challenging me to work on staying in the present. Here are some things that are helping me to stay in the moment in my spiritual walk and in my relationships:

I put my phone away. I know it is a blessing to my friends and family to have me fully with them, and it can also be a distraction during prayer or Bible reading for me. I also turn some worship music on for my commute each

morning. I spend that time in worship and prayer, and it helps to create the right mindset to start my day. Lastly, if I see something, I say something!

Part of being used by the Lord in the very present moment is to encourage the person who is right in front of you. I know it has caused me to feel “seen and known by the Lord” in that very moment when people speak words of encouragement over me or tell me they are praying for me.


Lord, we know that You are the God who is, who was, and who is to come. Let this 21- days of prayer and fasting be a catalyst for shifting our focus to what You are doing right now and may the seeds that we are planting today turn into a harvest of closeness with You and the ones we love in our lives. Thank You for being Emmanuel, God who is always with us in every moment. We love You! In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Samantha Votaw

Community Groups/Outreach Pastor

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