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Give the Belly Rest
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By Michael P. Johnson
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Give the Belly Rest


Deny yourself and follow me             -Mt.16:24

Repent from wayward sin                   -Pr.23:20-21

True fasting prayer will set you free -MK.9:29

From ill and filth within                    -Mk 9:26


We fast and pray we seek God's face

To learn what one should do

Faithful, obedient, saved by grace

Serving through life anew


To seek God's treasures hidden deep

For strength to pass life's test

The belly first may need to sleep

And organs often rest


To fast; means not to eat at all

Though water each should share

Most sincerely God to call

Devoting all in prayer


No time is set no special date

For hearts to seek the Lord

But when we do we need to wait

For Heaven's just reward


But from His holy flesh to eat             Jhn.6:51

Christ's blood alone to drink

Not one will die nor find defeat

As some would have us think


Man's spirit grows at Jesus' feet

We fast to understand

Denying self of daily meat

Brings healing to our land


Where great world doctors fail to cope

When every dye is cast

In Jesus Christ, there's always hope

For those who pray and fast.....Michael P. Johnson

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Submitted: Friday, July 22, 2011

Last Updated: Thursday, November 9, 2017

About the Poet
I never wrote a word of poetry in my life. Till the day Jesus took my hand and touched my soul.....I invite your response. However most poems are not about me! Very few are. But the feed-back good, bad or indifferent is always desired. Not meant to offend, but I write about many things in many a guise. Of life, death, lost, found, saved, backsliders, new comers, repenting souls, doubting hearts, heathens, Christians, fire, water, Satan's daughter, wallowing in sin, saved, made sound walking in Light, graceful righteous. Suffering, ecstatic, bored, excited, sad, delighted, Sick, well, lame, able, living, dying, etc. etc. etc. Writing about anything, everything and everyone as the spirit leads. All meant to reveal, waken, revive, encourage, shame, help. Gladden, pick up, exalt, portrait, liberate. Again over 99% of my work is not about me. Although at times I write as though I were or am. Speaking e.g. in the first person. This is quite common even in the bible itself. Prophets speak of themselves, then God speaks, again the prophet, then God......Quite often it's difficult to distinguish whom it is that at any given time is speaking or narrating.

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