Tuesday 28 February 2023

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 15 W 5 D 2.


Welcome to The Upper Room. So glad and delighted you came.

Happy Seventh Day of the Lenten Season. 

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."

Yesterday, we discussed Moses' supposed fast. Supposed because it is cheating if compared to what we mortals term as fast. Moses had his mortality suspended while in the presence and influence of immortality, God. the author, giver, and source of life Himself.

Where would the hunger and thirst have come from? So, though Moses not eating and drinking for forty days, and forty nights looks like a fast, I dare to say it is not. It was not an actual abstinence. Thankfully our Lenten period is not a "forty days and forty nights" adherence.

So, the other example we see in scripture of such a long fast is Jesus Christ Himself. How did He survive such a long period without food and water? As we popularly say, "Google is your friend." So, I asked Google.

With no food and no water, the maximum time the body can survive is thought to be about one week. With water only, but no food, survival time may extend up to 2 to 3 months. Over time, a severely restricted food intake can reduce lifespan.

The body requires a lot of water to maintain an internal temperature balance and keep cells alive. In general, a person can survive for about three days without water. Certain factors, such as the amount of water required by an individual body and how it uses it, can, however, impact this.

In general terms, the human body can go two to three days without water and, it is often said in survival guides, 30 to 40 days without food of any kind. The 333 rule of survival states,

"You can survive for 3 Minutes without air (oxygen) or in icy water. You can survive for 3 Hours without shelter in a harsh environment (unless in icy water) You can survive for 3 Days without water (if sheltered from a harsh environment) You can survive for 3 Weeks without food (if you have water and shelter)"

All put together, the general rule of thumb is about a maximum of seven (7) days without water. The real safe limit is 3 days. 3-7 days could be fatal depending on pre-existing conditions. 2-3 months without food is the number. 

We know how Moses did his forty days and forty nights. How did Jesus do his? Well...he was God in Human flesh. Does that count? Two, he was led into it by the Holy Spirit. Does that count? The man who recently died might have thought so too, but the taste of the pudding is in its eating. Jesus did not die. This man did. Do we need to try it out? Why be foolish? To what purpose? 

Is it the longevity or the content? Which makes the fast?

Happy Lenten Season. 

Let's pray.

The Saint.

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