Day 10

Recently our church congregation began a 21 day Daniel Fast.  This is based upon Daniel 10:3  when he wrote; “I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”  The reason Daniel was fasting was because he understood that the 70 years had passed and it was the prophesied time for Judah to return to their homeland from Babylon.  Daniel chapter 9 is the prayer of Daniel in which he confesses the sins of Judah/Israel.  It is a great prayer and can easily be paraphrased and applied to our own lives and circumstances.

One of the wonderful side effects of this fast is weights loss.  BUT, that is not a reason to fast.  The reason is not only to pray and confess my sins and the sins of my fathers such as how Daniel prayed but also to pray to loose the bands of wickedness, undo the heavy burdens, let the oppressed go free, break every yoke, feed the hungry, take care of the homeless and those that are naked, and pray for our families.  You can find these reasons to fast in Isaiah chapter 58:6,7: “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?   Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?”

As I write this I am now finishing the 10th day of the fast.  What have I learned in these 10 days?  I have learned that it is very easy to become distracted.  I try to pray and within seconds, my mind is going off on all sorts of fanciful trips.  What causes that?  Is it some demon entity playing with my mind?  Is it my own silly and wild imagination?  I am hoping that before this fast is over, I will conquer the enemy called ‘distraction’.

I have awakened at 3 o’clock in the morning and instead of getting up and praying, I toss and turn until I go back to sleep.  A few times, I have thought to pray while laying there, but, why don’t I remember to pray every time?  Why don’t I just get up and pace and pray? I know the times that I do, I feel as if I have reached heaven.  I need to pray about that.

Be Blessed, Jane Owens 2013