Thursday 23 March 2023

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 16 W 1 D 4.

Happy Thirtieth Day of the Lenten Season.

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

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" compared to "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?"

That you break every yoke:

The word yoke simply means connection or association. Not all connections or associations are bad. The ones being referred to here are the ones that limit us. Jesus says, "my burden is light, and my yoke is easy (appropriate, rightly sized)."

So, the reference here is to be breaking (removing, freeing, tearing, cutting, untying, drawing off) every ENSLAVING (UNEQUAL, LIMITING) yoke (connection and or associations). Your today and tomorrow do not have to be limited because of the family, lineage, tribe, community, village, State, Nation, or race you come from.

Jesus has taken away the dividing wall, "For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation... For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father." (Ephesians 2:14, 18)

"Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it." (Colossians 2:14-15)

Isaiah adds, "It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil." (Isaiah 10:27) So, when I come to God in the place of fasting, it is to take away the limitation.

It is like Jabez prayed. 1 Chronicles 4: 10 tells us, "And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested."

I don't know what excites you more in this verse of scripture, but I'll tell you mine. It is the last 7 words, "So God granted him what he requested." Wow! Think about that being said of you. So, God granted Akin what he requested.

He is the one asking us to come. We are not forcing ourselves on Him. He goes as far as to let us know we can come BOLDLY, not pitifully, not religiously, but BOLDLY, as one with rights - sonship rights. For we have access rights.

The three most powerful words here are GRANTED, WHAT, and REQUESTED. God did not grant what God wanted, nor did He grant what Jabez wanted, but did not request. God only GRANTED WHAT Jabez REQUESTED.

Do you have wants? Are you requesting from God? Are you earnest in your request? May God Jabez your request.

In closing, we look at Matthew 11:29, "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Jesus says, "Learn from Me...and you will find rest for your soul." Another way in which we take off the yoke is by "knowing the TRUTH (Jesus)."

John 8:32 tells, "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Romans 12:2 tells us, "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

The Saint.

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