Our 21 Day Daniel fast will consist of daily devotions.
Here is Day 1 of our 21 Day Fast
Delighting in the Lord
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. (Psalm 37:4 AMPC)
I love this verse of scripture. Often when reading it many think the text is saying " God will give you whatever you desire". That's not true. 1st John 5:14-15-amp version says And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.
These verses show us that our Desires are limited to Gods will which is God’s word. When looking at the word Delight in the Hebrew `anag, this word means to be soft or pliable, that is, (figuratively) effeminate. One definition for pliable is to be susceptible to being led or directed. Another is to be capable of being shaped or bent. With this understanding we can see that the writer is telling us that our hearts must be susceptible to be led by his spirit and we must allow him to shape us into his Image by his word. When we allow the Holy spirit to shape and mold the Image of our hearts with his word then Gods Desires become our desires.
Today make a decision to set your mind on his word, (Delight in his word) allow the Holy Spirit to work his will in you. So often as believers we are encompassed with so many things. We have our families, jobs, education and daily responsibilities and pressures of this world that try to distract us from investing quality in the word of God and in his presence. Psalms chapter 1 tells us to availed the distractions of ungodly counsel and other things and Delight ourselves in God’s word and when we do that we become fruitful and whatever we do will prosper.
Confession for day 1 of our 21-day Fast
Father in the name of Jesus I confess today and every day of my life that I will set my mind to Delight in You. I declare that I am susceptible to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit. I declare that my heart and mind and will are pliable and ready to be shaped and molded into the beautiful image of your word. And I am confident that whatever I ask, you hear and I know I have the petitions I desire because your desires are my desires and your will is my will in Jesus name amen.
Other scriptures to meditate on Today
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditates day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Psalms 1:1-3 KJV)
If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. (Isaiah 58:13, 14 KJV)