Friday 24 March 2023

Believer's Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 16 W 1 D 5.

Welcome to The Upper Room. So glad you came.

Happy Thirty-First 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" compared to "Intermittent Fasting," as we dissect Isaiah 58. We move to verse 7. It reads,

“Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from your own flesh?"

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry:

The essence of every living organism or organization is not found in itself, but in the environment in which it finds itself or is located. God had not just us in mind when He created us. He had others and the whole of creation in mind. We were created to impact and affect our world.

Only in effecting and impacting our world are we fulfilled. Yes, we cannot affect, nor impact our world until we know who we are and thus begin to live the essence of who we are. That journey is not complete until that which is inside of us is manifest.

The whole essence of winning the world within is to be able to win the war without. It is not just a war of attrition, but one to make better the world and environment around us. We are each endowed with goodness (our god nature). It is the bread we have to give. Our world needs it.

It is, however, not only the spiritual and psychological bread we are here referring to. The physical bread is also in the midst - money, resources, etc. It is simply the giving of ourselves, not to give to the lazy, but to the needy in our midst.

Ephesians 4:28 teaches us, "Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need." Note, it is not "him who has wants," but "him who has need." There is a big difference between the two.

We are not called to be slaves or masters to others. Rather, to be a blessing in God's stead. We are called to be enhancers and enablers, to make things possible according to our endowments, opportunities, and privileges. We are called to be the EXTRA push for others. 

So, when we fast, we are expected to more than ever be reminded of and step into the essence of our creation. That in and of itself is our sacrifice and prayer before God. We are thanking and appreciating the privileges He has bestowed and availed us.

Remember the rich foolish man who only thought of himself after God blessed him? (Luke 12:16-21) "But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’" (Luke 12:20)

The Saint.

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