Why a 40 Day Fast?
Lent began on February 25, 2009 --- Ash Wednesday, so I am getting a late start on these Lenten devotionals
The word "fast" does not simply relate to doing without food. The more spiritually enhancing fast is to put aside the thought patterns that are not beneficial to your well-being. Determine what you are continually saying to yourself that is self-defeating, like .... I am not worthy ... I am not well ... I can't find a job ... I don't qualify ... I cannot afford ... . On and on we go, speaking negatively about ourselves. This is self-defeating behavior.
Lent is a time when we can unite with the energies of millions on this planet observing a time of inner reflection. Ask: What thought patterns do I need to transform in order to conform to God's thoughts about me? Remember we are ALL God's children, thus child gods. Just as your child must learn to walk as we walk, so we--as God's children--must learn to think as God thinks.
In order to think as God thinks about us, we must recognize: "Your Father knows what you need before you ask him." Matthew 6:8
Therefore, if your present need is a job or better health ... whatever, practice the following:
INSTEAD OF telling yourself: Jobs are scarce ... I don't qualify for the jobs that are available...........
USE THIS LENTEN 40 DAYS FAST TO AFFIRM IN FAITH: "God is leading me to the perfect job and I give thanks." OR "Perfect health is mine and I give thanks."
Remember God ALREADY KNOWS YOUR NEED and has already prepared to supply it. "Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you HAVE RECEIVED IT, and it will be yours." Mark 11:24
YOUR JOB IS TO LISTEN and follow through on your intuitive guidance, while maintaining your thoughts on the positive affirmations that enhance your well-being. You must do the foot work ... whatever that takes.
LENT is a 40 day fast from feeling that you are separated from God and realizing that YOU AND GOD ARE PARTNERS ... GOD KNOWS THE WAY ... YOU ARE FOLLOWING HIS GUIDANCE.