Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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 tell 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 devotions will be available at www.thisisyourwakeupcallonline.com and www.ibelin.me.
The Lenten Fast begins this Wednesday, February 22nd and concluding on Resurrection Sunday. Remember to pray for each other to be strengthened in anticipation what God is going to do in and through us.
Rev. Roderick Belin
Presiding Elder, South Nashville District
The Lenten Journey: Yea Tho' I Walk begins on Wednesday with the Daniel Fast and a commitment to pray at least three times a day. Invite others to pray with you. You can come together and pray or share a prayer over the telephone, in a text or email message or just commit to remind each other to pray morning, noon and night.
Each day during Lent I will share with the prayer focus for the day. Be blessed!
Let Us Pray:
Gracious God, we come today confessing that we have spent much of our time satisfying our own needs, hungers and desires. Forgive us as we prepare to turn down our plates and turn our faces to the wall to hear you more clearly and love you more dearly. Prepare us to take the journey that will transform our lives to more resemble the self-giving sacrificial love of our savior. In Jesus name, Amen.