Week Six – Day 2
TODAY’S FAST – Disciple’s or Jewish Fast (Consume only liquid or broth between 8 am – 6 pm)
The desert is a dry place. We see in the Bible that people are driven into the desert or wilderness for a variety of reasons. The chosen people of God were driven there when they turned their backs on their relationship with God. Jesus was driven there after His baptism by John as a time of preparation before beginning His earthly ministry. Sometimes we are driven into the desert by our own choices. Sometimes God may lead us to the desert for a time of preparation before calling us to something new. These are times which help shape us into who we are meant to be.
But that does not mean the desert is an enjoyable place. More often than not, the desert is a place we would rather not be. At one point the chosen people of God began reminiscing about the glories of their time in Egypt. In the Book of Numbers we read: “…and the Israelites also wept again, and said, ‘If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.’” They seem to forget that they were also slaves!
In the midst of the wilderness, the Lord is with us. His words spoken through the prophet Isaiah are ones which He speaks to anyone in the desert times of their lives. When we are in the desert, we must always remember that we are not there alone; the Lord is with us. Jesus spent His own time in the wilderness so that He could be with us in ours.
Ask God what needs to be crucified in your life. Repent from those areas and ask God deliver you for its stronghold. Pray that God will give you strength to resist any future temptations in that area. Pray that Christ will live in you fully.
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.” Isaiah 44:3-4 NIV