"Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you; All things pass: God never changes. Patience achieves all it strives for. Whoever has God lacks nothing, God alone suffices."
Those words were written on a bookmark from Theresa of Avila's prayer book. Is God enough for you?
All sufficient God, quench my thirst for the things of this world with the things that matter the most to you. When things fall apart or fail, help me to remember that you never fail and nothing is impossible to you. God, you're God enough alone. In Jesus name, Amen
LENT: PRAYER AND FASTING
“In those days I, Daniel, was mourning 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.” Daniel 10:2, 3
People all over the country and other parts of the world will be fasting and praying together during this Lenten Season. Without listing all the troubles and conflicts affecting the world today, I am sure you will agree there is an urgent need for prayer and fasting in this hour. So, your brothers and sisters are praying that you will be a part of this international prayer team that will embrace an awesome move of God so needed in the world today.
God has laid it upon our hearts to participate in a Daniel Fast in which nearly everyone can participate. Essentially, during a Daniel Fast, you will eat vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains and beans. The Biblical basis for this fast is found in Daniel 1:8-16 and 10:1-3.
This fast has physical benefits, but be assured, our anticipated goals are spiritual. Daniel 6:3 tells us that Daniel had an “excellent spirit” that caused him to be distinguished from among his peers. It is no leap at all to believe that the excellent spirit in Daniel was related to his life of spiritual discipline through fasting and prayer. As such, like Daniel, we will pray three times a day seeking the face of God and interceding for our families, churches, communities, nations and the world. Additionally, Christian brothers and sisters have volunteered to write a devotional guide that will build us up throughout the fast.
The Lenten Fast begins on Wednesday, February 17th and concluding on Resurrection Sunday. Until tomorrow, remember to pray for each other to be strengthened in anticipation what God is going to do in and through us.
Rev. Roderick Belin