For today, I asked my wife Sara to share some thoughts about the Daniel Fast so far. What she wrote is so good. Enjoy!
The other night as we were sitting at our Small Group enjoying our delicious beans and rice. I sat quietly and listened to all the buzzing conversations about what people were and were not eating and where they had been shopping. Although I love to see and hear the passion in our voices about this new journey we are all on, I couldn’t shake this uneasy feeling.
My fast has become too festive… it is almost a game. I started to think about how much time I have spent planning and shopping and preparing the perfect menu this week. I certainly haven’t put in the same amount of time and energy into prayer and the Word.
Sure, I’m making time to pray and read, but that has not been the focus of my day. Daniel sustained himself on vegetables–plain, simple vegetables. He did this in part so he would have more time to pray. He didn’t think about food, he ate something that took very little preparation and went back to praying.
I want to encourage all of us to redirect our attention on why we are fasting in the first place: to get closer to God…to get a little more serious…to dig a little deeper.
Go ahead and enjoy the flavors of the foods we have available, but do so with thankfulness to the Lord for blessing you with plenty of safe, clean and nutritious food. And let’s keep the focus on Him, and on seeking him with greater purpose and clarity than ever before.
It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, Because that is the end of every man, and the living takes it to heart.