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Do You Wonder?

IDOK DEVOTION FOR Thursday, February 21, 2008

Do you wonder about fasting? What is the purpose for fasting? Is it just a practice to be done like the Pharisees – see Matthew 9:13-15? Is it something to do to lose weight? I think we can find some answers here in this portion of Scripture (and other passages as well).
Ezra 8:
21 Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions.
22 For I was ashamed to request of the king an escort of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy on the road, because we had spoken to the king, saying, “The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him.”
23 So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.

No, fasting is NOT about losing weight. No, fasting is not about ceremony or ritual. Fasting is about seeking God. Notice what Father said through Ezra here; Ezra called a fast so the people would HUMBLE themselves before God and seek from Him the right way for them and their children to go. How important is that?!! The people needed direction. They didn’t know what to do and they were so serious about wanting to go the RIGHT way that they stopped feeding their flesh in order to HEAR from God. It was (and is to be) a humble practice. It is not something we do to be seen as the Pharisees did. It is for the purpose of HUMBLING ourselves – Father, we don’t have the answers but YOU do! Fasting is for desperate people who want to know. How blessed we would be to be DESPERATE in this day!
But he did not stop with just the RIGHT WAY TO GO. He included ‘our possessions’. Do you ever feel guilty about praying for the protection of possessions, especially YOUR possessions? Don’t! Here you have it in ‘black and white’: to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions. We need to know what God wants us to do with these possessions that we call our own.
What else did Ezra say? Let me give you a Kathie Thompson interpretation here: we ought to be ASHAMED to seek the counsel of the ‘world’! We ought to be ashamed to go to an earthly king when we can go to the King of the Universe for our answers! And not only for answers but for our PROTECTION!
I am concerned right now about the election of a President. I am concerned for the safety (protection) of this Nation. But whoever is elected — our protection is NOT with a President (that does not negate how GREAT it would be to have a GODLY man as President. And frankly right now that’s look pretty slim!!). Our safety and protection is in the Lord Jesus Christ and that is true no matter who is President.
So should you fast? The answer is yes as the Lord leads you. Are you desperate for an answer? Is your daily routine of meats and delicacies hindering you from humbling yourself? Is your daily routine of meats and delicacies feeding your flesh so much that your Spirit is starving? THEN FAST and PRAY!
Daniel 1:
8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.
Father, for me I ask forgiveness for my lack of desperation; for my surface living and I pray for a humble heart that seeks You first and foremost for my family and all the possessions You have given in Great Grace. I pray for water that runs deep, Lord. I pray that for me and for all our IDOKs. Teach us about fasting. Teach us about effective prayer.
Thank You for the lessons already learned; thank You for the faithful prayers already prayed; thank You for Your Gracious and Faithful Perfect Answers already given and we unashamedly pray for more. We pray for our IDOK Troops to be protected today in mind and body and spirit. We pray for the safe return of each of them. We pray for a successful conclusion to this war. We pray for Israel for her Peace; we pray for the repentance of America; we pray for the opening of the eyes and hearts of Your people to the direction You want us to go. We pray for America that You will have mercy on us and raise up a Godly men and women in spite of the opposition. Father, please forgive America and have mercy on this Nation that You birthed. We are a needy people; we are a sinful people and we pray for mercy; we pray for Holy Ghost Conviction to humble us and turn us from our sins. Thank You for Your Word; apply it today for Jesus sake.
Martin Family. Odessa H. Margie & Duncan. A Caregiver for Baby Emily while her Mom works. Kearley Family. Kathy S. Glen Beck. Kaitlyn T and Family. Bev and family. Tonya and family. Rick Burgess and family. Lawson Family. Mrs. Dobbs. Charles and Renee’. Dall T. Dylan. Marsha’s grand-baby. Kathy N. Kyle A. Jason, Vicki. Joseph Toomey and Family. DeLois. Terri. Patsy B. Kim T. Rachel B. Kevin and the children. Lisa’s Mother. Katelyn (B). Janie B. Vickie. Lisa W. Anita. J Lloyd and family. Janet and Steve. Cathy. Toy and family. Caleb and family. Bay and family. Jennifer B. John and Carolyn. Larry and Claudia and family. Taylor & family. Jeanette and Earl and family. Libby and family. Callie. Madie. Ruth. Cynthia. Martha F and Bob. Allyson and Glen and family. Brittney and Kersten and family. Sharron and girls. Frankie and girls. Sheila and Andy. Carrie and Rachel and Jacob and family. Billy and Gina and boys. Lance and family. Grace and family. Tressa. Brad, Lindsay, Karah and Haley. Cindy K and family. Chuck. Jessie L. Windy and Jared and families. Helen and Dan and family. Jen and Larry and family. Chad and Brittany and family. Mollie and family. Julia. Bobbie. Tj. Zack. Phillip. Jessica. Larry. Kayla. Trey. Jacob. Ashely. Lance. Candance. Laura and family. John and Sandy. Bill and Judy. Adam & Family. Andrew.
Every IDOK and every IDOK son and daughter and grandchild.
Every IDOK Pastor and Family.
Every IDOK church.
The Peace of Israel
Revival in America.
IDOKs Military Families.
IDOKs Troops (foreign soil) – Ethan. Christopher. Raul. Robert. Billy. Josh. Buddy. Mark. Josh W. James. Bryan. Nick. Hawk. Brant W. Lyndon A. Christopher R. Travis N. Joshua M. Brent. Drew. Justin G.
IDOK Troops leaving shortly for foreign soil: Albert R III.
Serving Stateside: Jonathan. Jasmine B. Tommy T. Shaun. Bay. Danny. Tim. Lee. George.
Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
Injured Stateside:
Hospitalized outside USA: Corpl. Light. Bradley T.
Military at home adjusting – Mack. The 226. Troy. Brad. Tommy. Desi. Edward J.
Civilian in Country – Mike. Lee.

As I post this it is 53°F and clear in Al Asad, IQ & the time there is 4:33 PM AST – on February 21, 2008

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