Monday 20 March 2023

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 16 W 1 D 1

Welcome to another day in The Upper Room. So glad you made it.

Happy Twenty-Seventh Day of the Lenten Season.

We continue with our meditations in The Book of Daniel. We are 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."

We continue with our meditations and discussion on "A Fasted Life" as compared with "Intermittent Fasting," as we dissect Isaiah 58. We move to verse 6. It reads,

“Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?"

To loose the bonds of wickedness:

Is this what you achieve when you fast? Do you lose the bonds of wickedness? In your life and that of others. Paul tells us, "But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified." (1 Corinthians 9:27)

Is this what fasting works for you? Do you bring areas of your life under subjection (captive) to Christ? Or, it is a mere outward religious observation for you? Does your fasting bring you closer to Jesus, to the old rugged cross, to Calvary, and to the throne room?

Does it bring you to the heart of God in reconciliation? [2 Corinthians 5:18-19] Are you seeking His kingdom, His will, and His righteousness? Or, you are only after His hands for your own selfish end? Are you partnering with God, or you are after your own agenda?

Is your fasting bringing you to the heart of God? Or, you are all about your own agenda and ambitious end? Does Jesus know you? Or, you are one of the rascals with no clue what His Will is? [John 6:38; Matthew 7:21-23]

Does your fasting bring you to the feet of Jesus? Are you making His enemies His footstool? [Hebrews 10:13-14; Psalm 110:1] Are you losing the bonds of wickedness? Is your fast pleasing to the Father, or you are simply dieting?

The Saint.

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