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Tips on How to Prepare for the Three Day Esther Fast from the Jews (Fasting Edition #130)

 

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Welcome to the Special Fasting Edition of the Prayer Motivator Devotional Broadcast #130

This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. It is good to be with you today.

We praise the Lord for all of you who have fasted and who are fasting in various ways throughout this time. For those on the 21 day Daniel Fast, that fast officially ended on Saturday, September 22nd, however, if you are planning on participating in the upcoming Esther Fast, we would encourage you to continue on the Daniel Fast for the days leading up to the Esther Fast. The Esther Fast begins tomorrow, Tuesday, September 25th and lasts through the 26th and 27th of this month, which coincides with the Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, and is a fast that consists of no food and no water for that time period. (Please understand that the Esther Fast is a very physically demanding fast and it should only be done after you have checked with your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough to go without food and water for three days.)

Here are a few tips to follow today as this is the day before the fast begins. These tips come from Chabad.org (HKA-BAD), a site that focuses on Jewish living:

1. Hydrate! Most of the unpleasantness associated with a fast does not come from lack of food, but rather, lack of fluid. The solution is to drink as much water as possible before the fast. Although you may feel you’re about to float off, it will be worth it by the time the fast is well underway. Beware of beer or other alcoholic beverages; they will only dehydrate you. Water or diluted orange juices are the safest options.

2. Don’t over-stuff yourself before the fast. Many people seem to think that eating a lot the day before will compensate for not eating on the fast day. This will actually make you hungrier. Have you ever noticed how much hungrier you are the morning after a large meal? Eat a proper meal that emphasizes carbohydrates, some protein and foods high in oils and fats since they delay the emptying of the stomach, thus prolonging the effects of your pre-fast meal. Consuming carbohydrates (such as potatoes and pasta) will be very effective as they bond with water that your body will make use of during the fast.

3. Avoid salty or spicy foods. Salt causes a person to feel thirsty despite having a “normal” amount of water, because extra water is required to absorb the extra salt. For this reason you should refrain from processed foods containing lots of salt such as pickles or cold cuts. Most tomato sauces, canned fish and smoked fish should also be avoided.

4. Salads and other high fiber foods that are so important in one’s normal diet should be de-emphasized for the pre-fast meal since they travel quickly through the digestive system. Fruit, despite its high fiber content, is worthwhile since it carries a lot of water in a “time-release” form.

Now, as you fast, please continue to pray for the following among other things:

1. For God to heal Christian families
2. For God to revive the church
3. For God to heal the nation
4. For 3 million or more people to come to Christ
5. And if the Lord is going to tarry His coming, for God to give us the godly leadership that this nation needs going forward.

Our Scripture reading for today is Jonah 3 from the King James Version which reads:

1 And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,

2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.

4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.

6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.

7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:

8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this passage from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:

In verse four, we see that the fixing of the day would help to convince them that it was a message from God, for no man durst be so positive in fixing a time; it would also startle them into preparation for it. It may justly awaken secure sinners by a sincere conversion to prevent their own ruin when they see they have but a little time to turn in. And should it not awaken us to get ready for death, to consider that the thing itself is certain, and the time fixed in the counsel of God, but that we are kept in the dark and uncertainty about it in order that we may be always ready? We cannot be so sure that we shall live forty days as Nineveh now was that it should stand forty days; nay, I think it is more probable that we shall die within thirty or forty days than we should live thirty or forty years; and so many years in the day of our security we are apt to promise ourselves. We should be alarmed if we were sure not to live a month, and yet we are careless, though we are not sure to live a day.

We will discuss this passage further in the next broadcast.

Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Andrew Murray. He said: “Prayer is the one hand with which we grasp the Invisible; fasting the other, with which we let loose and cast away the visible.”

Our fasting devotional today is titled “FIVE STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL DANIEL FAST” (PART 18) from Susan Gregory, author of the bestselling book “The Daniel Fast”.

Establish a time and place.

Define a time when you can have one-on-one time with God where interruptions and distractions are minimized. For most people, this is early morning. One pastor, David Saltzman, practices what I call “Crest and Christ.” Every morning he wakes up, brushes his teeth, and then spends time with God. He doesn’t wake up at the same time every day. Some days he may sleep a little later. But when he does wake up, he does the same thing. He brushes his teeth, and before getting distracted with any other activity, he spends time with God. When the rare occasion arises when he can’t follow this discipline, he says he feels out of sorts and is eager to return to the routine the next day.

Now, let’s take this time to break up the fallow ground in our lives. Hosea 10:12 states, “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.”

Today we are going to deal with the sin of Being Self-Righteous – sin 126.

Romans 3:10 reads, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.”

Luke 16:15 reads, “And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.” Self-righteousness is defined as being “piously sure of one’s own righteousness; exhibiting pious self-assurance; acting superior to one’s peers because one believes his or her moral standards are perfect.” As Christians we all may face the temptation to think that we are or can be righteous in and of ourselves. But Jesus and the Apostle Paul quickly remind us that it is because of the shed blood of Christ alone that we have any righteousness within us at all. In the New Testament, Jesus frequently rebuked the self-righteous, pious, holier-than-thou Pharisees for their mentality. As Christians, God wants us to be humble about our salvation and remember that any good we do is only because of the good Christ did on the cross. Do you think that you are better than everybody else? Have you attained righteousness on your own merit? God wants us to see the grace that He had for us in the picture of the cross and the person of Christ and use that knowledge to defeat any tendency to be self-righteous.

Let’s go to the Lord in prayer right now and confess our sins before God.

GENERAL PRAYER

Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, please allow me to show you how you can get to know him today.

All you have to do is believe “that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” and you will be saved. And, like millions of others, you can come to know the risen Lord Jesus Christ for yourself.

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me the following simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”.

Until next time, continue to fast and pray for the salvation of the nation and the world. God Bless You!

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