In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, a revelation was given to Daniel (who was called Belteshazzar). Its message was true and it concerned a great war. The understanding of the message came to him in a vision.
At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.
On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river, the Tigris, I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like topaz, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude. Daniel 10:1-4
If you need a powerful motivator to fast, THIS IS IT!
Now, GET THIS. The God of the Universe, responds to Daniel’s humility:
Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. -Daniel 10:12
THIS is possible for us. I BELIEVE THIS.
God responded immediately to Daniel’s prayer. But it took 21 days for the forces of God to triumph over evil and deliver the revelation that Daniel was seeking.
THIS story is a true depiction of spiritual warfare that is continually in action all around us. I believe the context of this story is powerfully revealing to us the spiritual discipline of… persistence.
I just wonder if it was Daniel’s growing hunger pangs, purpose to persist in discomfort, and his continue petitions that allowed the angelic breakthrough over the second heaven’s principalities?? I wonder if you see it this way?
This story in the WORD is our power. We can do this. We can fast until the revelation comes. So, today, begin your fast and ASK for the revelation you need. The understanding, wisdom, strategies and the greater audience with the King through fasting, humility and prayer.
In the comments, let me know your thoughts about all of this. See you tomorrow. Hugs. Lynn