Monday 27 February 2023

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 15 W 5 D 1.

Welcome to The Upper Room. So glad you came.

We continue with our meditations in The Book of Daniel. We are presently on verses 2 and 3 of Chapter 10, The Daniel Fast. It reads, 

"In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled."

So, we see a fast was called for at different times for different reasons and objectives in the scriptures. Fasting is mentioned more than 70 times in the Bible. The first example is in Exodus 34:28. It reads,

"So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread nor drank water. And He wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments."

Wow! Forty days and forty nights? I recently read in the news of someone who tried doign that and died in the process. Religion surely and truly kills. Or, should I say the letter? The letter kills, but the spirit gives life. Moses in the presence of immortality had mortality suspended.

So, not the forty days and nights, but the context. Before you try replicating the forty first get the context and conditions right. Note again, Moses did not call for it. It was called for by God. Hence, God was responsible for it.

Note again, it was for a purpose, a function, a preoccupation. So, get the preoccupation before jumping on the bandwagon. So be sure to answer the Why questions on several levels before dreaming to replicate such.

Moses proceeded on an unplanned fast because God called him to Himself to abide and be with Him. While in God's presence, his mortality was suspended as he was consumed by immortality. In a sense, we cannot call it a fast as he did not need mortal food.

Moses ddi not abstain. He did not need it. He provided that truly "man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." Do you know that? DO you live by that code?

Let's pray.

The Saint.

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