I’ve never done anything like this before. I’ve had stomach/intestinal problems for years, and the Lord told me to not eat desserts for 40 days. Cookies, brownies, sweets- I didn’t know how much I’ve relied on them for comfort until I stopped eating them. In the midst of the fast, the Lord began to show me areas where I had allowed lust, rejection, and impatience to have open doors to my life, and I began to close them. As that happened, I began to see God in a way I’ve never known Him and to learn who I am in Him. My heart has become increasingly burdened for the local high school and middle school, and I’m learning how to pray and intercede for them. I work at the school one day a week as a substitute teacher and love those kids so much. Every day, their names are on an endless loop in my heart and mind, and I’m praying for revival there. The scripture from Ezekiel 22:30-31 has begun to change my perspective of prayer: Ezekiel 22:30-31 I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land so that I would not destroy it, but I found no one. Thus I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; their way I have brought upon their heads,” declares the Lord God. God WANTS me to intercede, is LOOKING for people to stand in the gap. Lord, find me faithful going forward. These daily devotionals have been so helpful. They are literally the first thing I read in the morning. When my alarm goes off between 3:30-4 to go to prayer meeting, I know that if I open my mail and read the blog, I’ll be awake before long. Thank you so much for going before us, and coming alongside us all. God Bless you, brother.