Day 9: Keep the Focus

Every year as a church, we pray & fast corporately for 21 days to get clear direction from God for our lives and the new year. This year, we will be reading the book of John together (1 chapter a day). Today is Day 9.

Today’s Reading: John, Chapter 9

Author: Bernadette Manigault

Have you ever been frantically searching for a lost item only for it to turn up right in front of you? I know I have, and in our busy lives, sometimes it happens more than we’d like to admit.

In those moments, we are focused on what is not in front of us so much that we can’t see what is right in front of us!

This was the struggle the Pharisees had in John 9:

They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.” 16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”

. . .

The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. 32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 To this [the Pharisees] replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.

Here, the Pharisees were completely blind to the miracle—they instead focused on the fact that it happened on the Sabbath. The Pharisees berated the man and even sought the man’s family in an attempt to discredit the miracle. The Pharisees were blind with hate, fear, and frustration that they could be wrong about Jesus.

I don’t know about you, but there have been days where I am very much like the Pharisees. I am so entrenched in my day and what I lack that I completely lose sight of God’s truth for me.

My vision is clouded by my ambition, worldly possessions, and immediate surroundings, and I just can’t see around it.

As we enter day 9 of this fast, it will be easy for us to focus on our everyday struggles, our fatigue, fears, worries, and of course, our hunger! But, let’s agree to shift our eyes back on God in those moments. He can and He will provide for us during this time. But, we have to keep our eyes open and alert so we don’t miss what God is trying to show to us.


Elevate Church in Santa Clarita is passionate about helping the community connect with God in a real way by having a relationship with Jesus Christ. The Santa Clarita church focuses on providing the community with practical principles for daily living based on Biblical teachings.

Services are held in Santa Clarita on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 12 p.m.

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