Thursday 9 March 2023

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 15 W 6 D 4.

Welcome to The Upper Room. So glad you made it.

Happy Sixteenth 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. Still on verse 5. It reads,

"Is it a fast that I have chosen, a day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, and to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?"

We established the truth, "Fasting is a Spiritual Discipline and Exercise." It is a part of godliness. And, as the Apostle Paul emphasized " profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come." (1 Timothy 4:8b)

Note the words, "profitable for all things." What does "all things" mean to you? Anything other than ALL THINGS? Sure not for me. And, so good Paul draws an analogy with physical exercise. Physical exercise is profitable in all things just as well.

The doctors advise at least 150 minutes of exercise a week. That is about 30 minutes per day 5 days a week. What does that buy you? A rejuvenation of your entire body system, and mental and spiritual clarity.

So, what do spiritual exercise and discipline buy you? ALL THINGS - PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND SPIRITUAL. That is one of the chief reasons we fast. That is why God instituted it in the law. The people did not have to wait till they had a need. It was supposed to be a part of their lifestyle.

That is why the Pharisees could say they fast twice a week. And, unlike what I have heard severally, it does not have to be accompanied by prayers. Fasting is a discipline all on its own, with or without prayers. Yes, you would expect a spiritual person to pray. So, that is truly a no-brainer. 

Hoping this helps.

Let's pray.

The Saint.

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