“So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.” “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’” She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.” 1 Kings 17:10-16

“The Widow’s Fast” is call to meet the needs of others while you are fasting. Today’s Scriptures show us how God’s plan was for a woman, with very little, would use what she had to help the man of God, Elijah. The widow woman made the choice to fast so that someone else could eat.

Today, while you are fasting, meet the humanitarian needs of some one else by using the money you would normally use to feed yourself with to help a food bank, support world missions, or give to a ministry in your church. When you do this, it pleases God and He will meet your needs. Because of the widow woman’s ability to fast and help others, God blessed her efforts and fed her and her family for three and a half years. You can never out give God!

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