Daniel 9:3 So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.
Since I found out that my dad has cancer, I’ve worked hard to find reasons to be thankful. I’m thankful that my wife’s a doctor who cares so deeply for my parent’s welfare. I’m thankful that I have friends around the world who are praying for him. Today I’m especially thankful that God is using this time to draw me closer into His presence. In scripture we see figures from Jesus to Jonah to Daniel utilize fasting to humble themselves and turn towards God in desperation. Since coming to Solomon’s Porch about 6 years ago I’ve fasted more frequently. It creates an incredible atmosphere of intimacy. When I’m really hungry, and I channel that hunger towards God, He responds powerfully. Well, I noticed over the past week that in channeling that desperation for my dad’s healing to God, the intimacy has far surpassed what I experience in a typical fast. Of course, no one would ever wish sickness on anyone they care about, but what the enemy intends for evil, God always uses for good. Lord you have a plan. When circumstances fall, we have the privilege of keeping our faith high. I declare in the mighty name of Jesus that you are going to use this situation for good. Amen.