Friday, January 11, 2013

The Daniel Fast - Day 10 Devotional

Today's Day 10 devotional is coming from YouVersion's 21 Day Fast reading plan.  Each day you will find devotional content as well as scripture readings for the day.  The scripture for Day 10 is Luke 4.

This is the passage where we find Jesus fasting in the wilderness for forty days.  During this time, he was tempted several times by the devil.  Many times, the enemy would offer a "good" line, but Jesus held firm in his convictions and was not swayed by the temptations that were presented to him time and again.

"When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came."  {Luke 4:13}

Isn't that the way it is in life?  Have you noticed ten days in now that the temptation to deviate from the plan you had for these 21 days is everywhere?  During a time of prayer and fasting, we are particularly vulnerable because we are doing without something in order to strengthen a relationship with the Lord and to pray fervent prayers over some area of our life.  Though we can't make the "doing without" the focus of our fast, it is in this area where the enemy likes to gain a foothold.  He knows our weaknesses and where we are most vulnerable.  He will do anything he can to cause you to stumble on this path.

One must be careful, though, because I think that during this time, we might also hear the Lord speak to us and He may be telling us we need to pursue another direction in order to grow closer to Him.  Maybe the plan we had for fasting wasn't in our best interests.  Maybe there is a better plan that He has led us to through our original plan.  We mustn't confuse the temptation from the enemy to stray from the path with this.

I think it is very important during your fast to position yourself in a way that allows you to hear from the Lord.  Perhaps you need  find a quite, solitary space where there are absolutely no distractions.  In the silence, perhaps you will be able to hear His voice in a way that you might not otherwise have heard.

"Then Jesus returned to Galilee filled with the Holy Spirit's power."  {v 14}

Out of Jesus' time of fasting comes much teaching in the synagogues and eventually we find him casting out demons and healing the sick.  God has something in store for us on the other side of our time of prayer and fasting.  God wants to use us.  In order to respond to His call, we must first silence ourselves so that we can learn what it is that He wants us to do.  There is a good chance that God's best for you hasn't happened yet! Don't give into the temptations that might prevent you from receiving this!

If you are doing a fast right now, how is it going for you?  What are your major challenges right now?  What are you learning so far?  Do you have any advice to share on how to get through the difficult moments of the fast?  I'd love to hear!

I will be sharing devotionals such as this and other ideas to help you through this journey.  If you are reading a bible plan or devotional during this fast, what are you learning?  I would love it if we could share our insights so that we can be a support to each other during this time.  Link up below and grab a button while you're at it!

Daniel Fast 2013


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