God Can Move in a Moment!
I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting. Daniel 9:3 NKJV
In Daniel 9, we find a remarkable fasting and prayer moment in which Daniel has an angelic visitation and receives answers to his prayers. In this story we find four keys to fasting and prayer.
1. READ: In verse 2, Daniel says that he “understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet,” that restoration was about to happen for the people of Israel. As a response to this promise and prophecy from the Lord, Daniel decides to fast and pray. God’s Word needs to be the foundation of your time of fasting. Allow His voice to lead you.
2. RELATIONSHIP: In verse 3, Daniel says “I set my face toward the Lord God.” He made a conscious decision to set his face toward God. Daniel was not just going through the motions of prayer and fasting, but was instead wanting to engage with God as a Person. He wanted to have a face-to-face relationship with His Creator, His Lord, His God. In this season of fasting, be sure to have “FaceTime” with God before making requests and supplications. Enjoying His Presence should always come first.
3. REPENT: In the NIV, verse 3 says Daniel “turned to the Lord.” The word “repent” often carries a heavy feel or a negative tone, but it’s actually a good, healthy, positive response. To repent is to turn, do a “180,” or make a U-turn.
Daniel says (v4), “I prayed to the Lord and confessed…we have sinned and done wrong. We have rebelled against You, we have turned away from Your commands.”
The people had turned away from God. Daniel was helping to lead a response to turn back to God as he was confessing his own sin and the sin of his people. Four different times in this chapter (v 5, 8, 11, 15) he says, “We have sinned.” We should do the same in our time of fasting.
Ask the Holy Spirit to uncover bitterness, selfishness, or any wrong attitudes in your heart, unkind words spoken or hurtful actions toward others, or lies you have believed. Turn away from these things and ask for Christ’s forgiveness through His blood!
4. RECEIVE: In verse 21, as Daniel finished his time of confession, “Gabriel came swiftly and explained ‘I have come here to give you insight and understanding. The moment you began praying, a command was given. Now I am here to tell you what the command was. Listen carefully so that you can understand the meaning of your vision.”
It’s amazing that Gabriel says “The moment you began praying a command was given.” God is an interactive God. He wants to speak directly into your life and every situation. He wants to give you insight and understanding. Receive all that God has for you!
Don’t you just love the “came swiftly” moments when God is speaking and appears to be clearly active and involved in your life? As we’ll see tomorrow, in Daniel 10, sometimes God’s plan is delayed. But when things come swiftly, you should REJOICE.
PRAY THIS OUT LOUD
Father, there is nothing on earth I want more than to be face-to-face with You! I turn to You and confess my sins. Speak to me through Your Word and release to me insight and understanding. I believe You are working in my life every day. Help me see where You are moving and give me the grace and courage to step in and join You!
What verse or phrase from today’s Scripture reading was the most meaningful to me? What key truths or observations stand out to me in today’s story of fasting?
This is reproduced from Griffin, Chris. Fasting For Breakthrough: A 21-Day Biblical Roadmap for Fasting and Prayer (p. 110). BookBaby. Kindle Edition.