And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.
-Jesus was led by the Spirit to be tempted which came before He began His ministry & His divine assignment to save humanity. Wild beasts & angels ministered to Him in the wilderness indicating loneliness, danger & His divinity. After He overcame the devil’s temptations, the angels ministered to Him again (Mat 4:11). In the course of our lives, temptations will always come, but we have hope because just as angels ministered to Jesus in the wilderness, they are sent forth to minister us, who will inherit salvation (Heb 1:14). We are therefore reminded to pray without ceasing, so that whatever we ask from our Father, He will give us.
Fasting is dedication of oneself for a period of time to devote to spiritual priority of prayer without food. It is also the wilful abstaining from natural pleasures for a spiritual purpose. It helps us in cleansing our hearts & minds from evil thoughts. Prophet Joel teaches that fasting should not be external like the Jews used to tear their clothes & apply ash on their bodies as a sign of humility, but entails contrition of heart & spirit to enable us receive from God. Jesus echoed the same sentiments when He taught that, one should not appear to men to be fasting, but to our Father who sees in secret & rewards us openly. As we fast; our prayers are answered releasing us from heavy burdens & yokes. Fasting & prayer was Esther’s secret. She obtain favour before God & king Ahasuerus. She also received her request as queen & the lives of the Jewish people in Shushan were restored. Saul & Barnabas were directed in their destiny during a fast. They were appointed by the Holy Spirit & received full authority to preach the gospel of Christ. The Holy Spirit always fills our hearts with divine mercy as we fast & pray. Fasting also unlocks heavenly graces upon us, as our prayer are answered & we get direction of purpose. Lastly, the funds saved during a fast can be donated, in the effort of sharing love with the less fortunate.
You are worthy Father; to receive all glory, honour, power & praise. We thank You & bless Your holy Name. We call on You with humility in our hearts; asking You to answer our prayers. There are many challenges & temptations in our lives, families, nation & the world Lord, comfort us with Your peace. Guide us as we fast & pray that Your will may be done. Fill us with Your wisdom, humility, mercy & love that we may always be justified in Your grace. Amen
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